• Jan 14, 2016 10:00 pm
  • 19:41 mins

Guest: John Protzko, PhD, Postdoctoral Research and the University of California, Santa Barbara  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is reading “Quantum Physics for Babies” to his month-old daughter Max. He posted on Facebook about it, of course. And that’s a real book for kids, explaining quantum physics in simple pictures. Reading to babies is a thing among parents eager to boost the IQ of their little ones. There’s evidence it works. But researchers have also long wondered about a phenomenon called the “fadeout effect,” where a child can experience a temporary boost in IQ that fades away over time.

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Middle East Panel

30 MINS

Guests: Steven Lobell, PhD, Political Science Professor at the University of Utah, Author of six books on International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies; Fred Axelgard, PhD, Senior Fellow in International Relations at the Wheatley institution at BYU; John Macfarlane, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Utah Valley University  Our monthly panel of international affairs experts is back to consider the latest from the Middle East. Just as President Obama prepared to give his final State of the Union Address this week, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard captured 10 US sailors in the Persian Gulf. There were immediate fears of a tense hostage crisis, but Iran released the sailors within 24 hours. Secretary of State John Kerry said the quick resolution was thanks to newly-forged diplomatic ties between the US and Iran as they worked out a nuclear agreement.

Guests: Steven Lobell, PhD, Political Science Professor at the University of Utah, Author of six books on International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies; Fred Axelgard, PhD, Senior Fellow in International Relations at the Wheatley institution at BYU; John Macfarlane, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Utah Valley University  Our monthly panel of international affairs experts is back to consider the latest from the Middle East. Just as President Obama prepared to give his final State of the Union Address this week, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard captured 10 US sailors in the Persian Gulf. There were immediate fears of a tense hostage crisis, but Iran released the sailors within 24 hours. Secretary of State John Kerry said the quick resolution was thanks to newly-forged diplomatic ties between the US and Iran as they worked out a nuclear agreement.

Supreme Court Influences

22 MINS

Guest: James Phillips, JD, Clerk for Utah State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee, Scholar of Judicial Behavior, Former Visiting Professor in BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School  The constitutionality of affirmative action and the rights of labor unions are the high profile issues being considered by the US Supreme Court. What drives the decisions of the court’s nine-justices in cases like these? Attorney James Phillips has spent considerable time analyzing oral arguments to answer that question. Phillips is currently clerking for a justice of the Utah State Supreme Court. He was previously a visiting law professor at BYU studying judicial behavior. We spoke with him last spring about the inner workings of the nation’s top court. Incidentally, that was before the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Guest: James Phillips, JD, Clerk for Utah State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee, Scholar of Judicial Behavior, Former Visiting Professor in BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School  The constitutionality of affirmative action and the rights of labor unions are the high profile issues being considered by the US Supreme Court. What drives the decisions of the court’s nine-justices in cases like these? Attorney James Phillips has spent considerable time analyzing oral arguments to answer that question. Phillips is currently clerking for a justice of the Utah State Supreme Court. He was previously a visiting law professor at BYU studying judicial behavior. We spoke with him last spring about the inner workings of the nation’s top court. Incidentally, that was before the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.