Global Computer Hack, Successful Job Interviews, Child Abuse

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

  • May 15, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 1:40:29

Major Global Computer Hack Guest: Dale Rowe, PhD, Professor of Information Technology, BYU A major cyberattack on computer systems around the world has hit at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, says the European Union police agency Europol. Hospitals and major companies, including car manufacturers and a host of government offices worldwide, were among the targets. Cybersecurity experts say Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan bore the brunt of the attacks, but hospitals in Britain, schools in China, and global companies including FedEx were hit. The attack was a ransomware virus that locked people out of their computer files until they paid a ransom to the hackers. How complicated was the attack and how likely is it to happen again? It’s Really About Me, Not “You” Guest: Ariana Orvell, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan, Psychology There’s a common phrase we say when things don’t go our way: “you win some, you lose some.” But why don’t we refer to ourselves instead and say, “I win some, I lose some,” since we’re really talking about our own failures? Psycholgists at the University of Michigan have a theory on this.  Interview Techniques Guest: Martin Yate, Career Performance Coach, Author of “Knock em’ Dead” The US unemployment rate is now lower than it was during the recession in 2007. That’s great news for job seekers, since it means fewer people competing for positions. But there are still seven million Americans looking for work. If you’re one of them – or if there’s a job change in your future – here’s some advice on how to ace the most nerve-wracking part of the search: the job interview. Click here for more information.  Would Abused Children Open Up to a Robot? Guest: Cindy Bethel, Professor of Computer Science, Mississippi State University, Director of the Social, Therapeutic, and Robotic Systems Lab One of a police investigator's trickiest jobs can be interviewing a child who has been abused or witnessed a violent crime. The investigator must stay neutral, but police are just as human as the rest of us, and children, for their part, sometimes want to tell adults what they want to hear. Robots, on the other hand, don’t find neutrality difficult at all. But there are some pitfalls to using them in this kind of interview. Parent Previews – King Arthur Guest: Rod Gustafson, Film Reviewer at Parent Previews The legend of King Arthur is back on the Silver Screen. But this is no Camelot or Disney animation Sword in the Stone. It’s a darker, grittier telling of how Arthur came to be king, directed by Guy Ritchie. In this clip, Arthur has just pulled the legendary sword “Excalibur” from the stone and landed in jail because the current king would rather not give up the throne. Charlie Hunnam plays Arthur and is the first voice you’ll hear. He tries to play a bit dumb in this conversation with Jude Law, the bloodthirsty king planning to kill him.  Poverty, Politics, and Profit  Guest: Laura Sullivan, NPR Investigative Reporter, Frontline Correspondent, Producer of the documentary “Poverty, Politics and Profit” There are millions of people across the country struggling to pay rent each month. As many as two-and-a-half million of them will be evicted this year, forcing them into homeless shelters or low-budget motels or substandard situations. One citizen, Nena Eldridge, uses water from buckets to wash and flush the toilet in her small bungalow in Texas because she can barely afford the rent on her monthly disability check and the water got shut off. She is featured in a new investigative report by NPR and PBS Frontline correspondent Laura Sullivan. Over nine months, Sullivan sought to answer the question: Why are a growing number of Americans like Eldridge in such dire housing trouble when the government spends $50 billion dollars a year on programs to help them? Sullivan’s investigation found a series of troubling answers related to politics, prejudice, lack of oversight and flat-out corruption.  Watch the documentary, "Poverty, Politics and Profit" here. Listen to Sullivan’s coverage of the housing tax credit on NPR here.