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Iran, Sensory Clothing, Women's World Cup, Satellites

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jul 1, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 1:43:46

Global Views on Iran and US (1:02) Guests: Richard Wike, director of global attitudes research at the Pew Research Center The US and Iran are Top of Mind today. The two nations are in the thick of nuclear negotiations that are running beyond the self-imposed June 30 deadline. They now have until July 7 to finalize a plan to dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons program and lift economic sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. The Pew Research center recently conducted surveys assessing public opinion about the US and Iran globally as these negotiations have been underway for the past year. The findings yield some interesting insights. Sensory Clothing (22:31) Guest: Kristi Gaines, Ph. D., Interior Design Professor at Texas Tech University For a child with autism spectrum disorder (or ASD) the world can be a tricky place. Any unpleasant noises, sudden change in temperature or unexpected touch, can be tremendously upsetting to a child with autism. Now, imagine that child could wear a special jacket that could soothe them in those moments. Texas Tech University professor Kristi Gaines have made a piece of clothing designed specifically to help children on the autism spectrum cope with their environments. Women’s World Cup (36:39) Guest: Aleisha Rose, assistant women’s soccer coach, BYU The US Women’s Soccer team defeated number-one-ranked Germany yesterday to advance to the 2015 World Cup final match, which will be played on Sunday. TV viewership has been breaking previous Women’s World Cup records and, here in the US, the matches have been a ratings boon for Fox. We spoke with former US Women’s National Team player, Aleisha Cramer Rose. In 1998, at 16, she was among the youngest players ever to land a spot on the national team, where she played with Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and two women on the current team – star goalkeeper Hope Solo and the team’s highest all-time goal scorer Abby Wambach. For the last ten years, Aleisha has been an assistant coach for the BYU Women’s soccer team. American Heritage: The Legacy of John Locke (51:29) Guest: Grant Madsen, Ph. D, Professor of History at BYU BYU history professor Grant Madsen shares insights from Locke’s philosophy about the individual’s relationship with government, in this episode of our recurring segment, American Heritage. Sad Secret History of Cubicles (1:12:54) Guest: Nikil Saval, author of "Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace.” The man credited with inventing the office cubicle never meant to torment you. Robert Propst was just trying to help, says Saval writes. But he would come to regret the way his revolutionary office space design became the opposite of what he intended: a flexible workspace that could be adapted to the needs of an office worker. Before his death in 2000, Propst told one reporter that he didn’t feel regret for his design, but did acknowledge that he underestimated, “how unenlightened the managerial class had been and how quick and ready they were to create ‘barren rathole’ places for workers,” says Saval. Predicting Drought and Disease with Satellites (1:33:56) Guest: Gabriel Senay, Ph. D., Research Physical Scientist at the US Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, co-located at Colorado State University with the North Central Climate Science Center What difference would it make if climate scientists and food aid organizations could find out three weeks earlier than they currently do that a crop in Ethiopia is going to fail? An early warning like that could mean saving lives, instead of waiting until word of widespread famine finally makes its way back to USAID. Some remarkable work is being done with satellite data to provide just that kind of early notification for drought, famine and even malaria outbreaks.