Family & Lifestyle

Ordinary Economy, Work Civility, Superhero Aggressiveness

The Matt Townsend Show
  • Mar 15, 2017 4:00 pm
  • 2:24:17

Return of the Ordinary Economy (17:00) Marc Levinson is an economist and historian who lives in Washington, DC. He was formerly finance and economics editor of The Economist magazine in London, worked as an economist for a New York bank, and was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “Make America Great Again” was the war cry of President Donald Trump.  This phrase is often associated with America’s dipping economy.  Marc Levinson shares in his book, An Extraordinary Time: The end of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy, how this dipping economy might not be reversible.  Marc Marc Levinson shares some of his insights.   Makena Bauss - Cell Phones: The New Drug (42:14) Studies are showing that teenagers less likely to use drugs and alcohol. Some research is looking into whether the drop in drug use is because teens are finding more stimulation from their constant use of computers and cell phones. Producer Makena Bauss with the info. Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace (1:03:32) Christine Porath is an Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She is also a consultant working with leading organizations to help them create a thriving workplace. Whatever the activity bullying and incivility in the workplace is a common problem. So how do we address that issue? Author Christine Porath shares her book Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace Liana Tan - Daylight Saving (1:30:34) Let’s face it ... Daylight Saving time is annoying. The whole "Spring Forward" or "Fall Back" thing can be confusing for some. The time change affects the amount of sleep people get and for some, it takes time to get used to the new schedule. There are some areas country that don't change with the rest of the country making it difficult to figure out what time it is in places like Arizona. What are the pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time? Producer Liana Tan shares what she has learned. Superhero Culture Magnifies Aggressive Behaviors (1:53:45) Lee Essig is a graduate research assistant at Brigham Young University. If you’ve seen the bedroom of any pre-schooler it’s probably covered wall to wall with superhero wallpaper or has action figures on the floor everywhere. They probably have a superhero backpack, pillowcase, and maybe even fell asleep after draining themselves from playing pretend superhero games. In our country, it’s almost impossible to escape exposing our kids to superhero culture, but what effect does this really have on their behavior? Today, Lee Essig discusses a recent study done at BYU that found superhero movies and culture might not be teaching your kids noble, heroic behaviors like you thought they were.