North Korea, Mustaches and Med School, Orson Scott Card

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 245

  • Mar 3, 2016 11:00 pm
  • 1:42:44 mins

Sanctions on North Korea (1:01) Guest: Mark Peterson, PhD, Professor of Asian Studies and Korean Language at BYU  Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council adopted harsh sanctions in the strongest push yet to pressure Pyongyang to stop developing and testing nuclear weapons. North Korea retaliated early this morning by launching six short-range projectiles – likely either rockets or missiles – into the Sea of Japan.  Mustaches and Med School (22:46) Guest: Eleni Linos, MD, Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine  If your dream job is to lead a department in one of America’s top 50 medical schools, put down your razor and grow a mustache. And if you’re a woman, well, good luck with that.  Mustachioed individuals significantly outnumber women as leaders of medical departments across the country. We’re guessing it has less to do with the mustache and more to do with medicine being historically-dominated by men.  Hotel Employee Perceptions (34:10) Guest: Larry Martinez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at Penn State University  US employment law protects people from being discriminated against based on numerous characteristics, including race, gender, age and disability. But a person’s weight is not on that list and studies have shown employers do tend to discriminate against overweight people when it comes to hiring and promotions, especially women.  So a new study by researchers at Penn State University came to a surprising conclusion about women who work the front desk in hotels. They found overweight women tend to get higher customer approval ratings as being both warmer and more competent than thinner women or men.  Gender Pricing (51:16) Guest: Julie Menin, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs  It pays to be a man when shopping for things like razors, body wash – even bike helmets and knee pads for kids. A comprehensive comparison published last December that evaluated 800 such products with male and female versions found items marketed to girls and women cost an average of 7 percent more than those for boys and men. That means that over her lifetime, a woman will spend thousands of dollars more to purchase products branded for women.  Read the full report here Orson Scott Card (1:06:16) Guest: Orson Scott Card, Best-selling Author of the “Ender’s Game” series  Is imitation really the sincerest form of flattery? Orson Scott Card’s prolific career spanning four decades includes science fiction and fantasy novels that draw inspiration from historical and religious figures. He’s reimagined fairytales, written screen plays of Bible stories and even updates of Shakespeare plays. Orson Scott Card teaches writing at Southern Virginia University and has a new book out.

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