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New Orleans, Military Families, Medieval Feminism

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Aug 31, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 1:44:00

New Orleans After Katrina (0:00) Guest: Fatima Shaik, Native of New Orleans and Author of “What Went Missing and What Got Found”  It’s the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the storm considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. More than 1,800 people died when Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast. The flooding in New Orleans displaced tens of thousands of people.  A visitor to New Orleans today might consider the city entirely rebuilt: $135 billion has gone into the effort and the population of New Orleans is back to 90 percent of what it was before Katrina. But those figures don’t tell the full story.  Military Families (19:52) Guest: Gordon Capp, Ph.D., Student in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California  Along with the new generation of U.S. veterans ushered in by the decade-long War on Terror, has come a new generation of children growing up in military households. An estimated four million students nationwide – mostly in public schools – have parents who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. A comprehensive new study of military-connected students sheds light on the challenges they’re facing at home and at school.  Medieval Feminism (36:25) Guest: Paula Findlen, Ph.D., Professor of Italian History and Chair of the Department of History at Stanford University  The women of Bologna are so legendary, there’s even a page dedicated to them on the Italian city’s tourism website. They’re known as Medieval Feminists – highly-educated and influential at a time when women were generally considered less-than-men.  Their stories are a point of great pride in Italy. They’re also largely fiction according to the research of Paula Findlen.  Overhydration (52:00) Guest: Kevin Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Athletic Training at Central Michigan University  Young athletes are back on the field, conditioning in the late-summer heat to prepare for fall sports. Fears of dehydration loom large among coaches and parents – to the point they may actually be encouraging too much drinking. While dehydration is unpleasant and undesirable, it’s rarely fatal. The opposite condition is – and it’s become enough of a problem that some new guidelines have been developed.  Parent Previews (1:13:15) Guest: Rod Gustafson, Film Reviewer at  We’re in the late-summer movie lull, as studios gear up for their big holiday releases and Academy Award season. So for our weekly chat with Rod Gustafson of Parent Previews we’re turning our attention to the subject of documentaries and biopics.  Tech Transfer: Student Assessment Tool (1:26:39) Guests: Richard Young, Professor of Education at BYU; Lynnette Christensen, Researcher in the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education & Schooling; Mike Alder, Director of BYU’s Technology Transfer office  “Assessment” is both a buzzword and a thorny challenge in education. We want to know how well students are doing in school. We need to know if teachers are helping kids mastering the skills we expect. In the last decade, end-of-year tests at certain grade levels have become the standard for assessing student performance. Many parents and teachers now says we’ve gone too far – made the testing stakes too high.  Imagine, instead, if teachers had a kind of dashboard that could show them day by day how well their students were doing on math or science or reading assignments. At any given moment, a teacher could see which students are struggling, which skills are giving lots of kids trouble and so on.