Concussions, Astronomy, Saving Species, Vanity Plates
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 31
- Mar 25, 2015 9:00 pm
- 1:42:02 mins
Concussions (1:11) Guest: Kelly Pearce, a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program In recent days, several high-profile athletes have been in the news because of them. New York Yankees rookie Jose Pirela suffered a concussion after running into an outfield wall. If you follow “March Madness,” then you probably saw that Maryland guard Melo Trimble was inadvertently kneed in the head by a teammate. And, you may have also seen the news that 24-year-old NFL linebacker Chris Borland decided to retire from professional football after just one year, in order to protect his long-term neurological health. Many of today’s athletes are facing competition that is bigger, stronger and faster. If you have family members who compete in sports, then you may be concerned about the risks. Astronomy (19:28) Guest: Patrick Wiggins, NASA Solar System ambassador to Utah It’s been a lovely couple of weeks for sky-gazers. Last Tuesday, a geomagnetic storm caused beautiful aurora over the Midwest and Northeast. And March 20th brought a trifecta of excitement – a total solar eclipse, a supermoon, and the vernal equinox all in one night. Saving Species (35:04) Guest: Burak Guneralp, professor at Texas A&M University What would you do with a million dollars? Buy a house or a large stretch of land? Maybe a few cars? Travel the world? How about save an entire species? According to a new study, a subset of species can be saved from extinction for about 1.3 million dollars per year. American Heritage (50:09) Guest: Grant Madsen, BYU History Professor This is the weekly appointment we have with BYU history professor Grant Madsen. Interactive Dance (1:10:48) Guests: Michael Kraczek and Allison Dobbins There’s a dance performance moving its way across the country right now that encourages its audience to use their phones during the show. In fact, people are instructed to download a special app when they enter – and through that app, they’re given the power to control the entire performance. In real time. Whatever the audience wants the dancers to do on stage, the dancers do. It’s like a “choose your own adventure” dance recital and it’ll be performed here on BYU’s campus this weekend. License Plates and Free Speech (1:27:46) Guest: RonNell Anderson Jones, BYU professor and constitutional law expert The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week on a case about license plates and free speech. There have been many, many lawsuits over a person’s right to have his or her license plate say something controversial or profane. This current case before the nation’s highest court has to do with those specialty plates states sell as a way to make extra money. Some have literally hundreds to choose from, supporting all kinds of nonprofit groups and causes. But several states, including Texas have drawn the line at a license plate proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which would feature the Confederate flag. The government of Texas says they don’t endorse the message underlying that image and to put it on an official state license plate would amount to an endorsement. The Sons of the Confederate Veterans says Texas is discriminating against them and infringing on their right to expression. The Supreme Court’s decision later this year will affect similar cases in states across the country.