Ban the Box, Responsibility Culture, Text Message Thrillers
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 381
- Sep 14, 2016 11:00 pm
- 1:42:15 mins
Obama to Veto 9/11 Victim Bill Guest: Ryan Vogel, JD, Professor of National Security, Foreign Policy and the Law of Armed Conflict, Founding Director of the Center for National Security Studies at Utah Valley University On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Congress passed a bill to let families of the victims sue the country of Saudi Arabia for financial compensation, since 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis. But President Obama says he’ll veto the measure, saying it would threaten US foreign policy and diplomatic relations. Leaving Out Criminal Status on Applications Actually Hurts Minorities Guest: Jennifer Doleac, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia It’s common for a job application to ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a felony. Check the box for “yes” and you can bet your chances of getting the job just went down. So a national movement has swept the country to “ban the box” from job applications and delay the criminal background check until later in the hiring process. More than 100 cities and counties have adopted the policy, as have more than half of state governments. A handful of states even prohibit private companies from including the criminal conviction question in their initial screening of job candidates. The idea is that employers should look first at a candidate’s qualifications, and not discount someone just because of past behavior. Fostering A Culture of Responsibility Guest: Ned Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at Northwestern University When something goes wrong at work, and you have the choice to fall on your sword or blame someone else, it’s not hard to go with blaming. Because, let’s face it, no one wants to be responsible for the mistakes of the entire group. But what if there was a method of management that actually rewarded people for taking responsibility when things go south? The Apple Seed Guest: Sam Payne, Host of BYUradio’s “The Apple Seed” Sam Payne joins us in studio to share tales of tellers and stories. Text Message Thrillers Guest: Prerna Gupta, CEO and Founder of Hooked Dracula, The Screwtape Letters, The Perks of Being a Wallflower –all are examples of fiction that plays out through the exchange of letters and documents. In the digital era, authors have taken to telling stories through chains of emails between characters. No surprise that text messages are the next frontier. That’s what a startup called Hooked has tapped into. They call themselves “fiction for the Snapchat generation.” You download the app, pick a story to read and up comes the first few lines – written as a text, of course. Click “next” and another text pops up to advance the plot. It’s working so well, the founders of Hooked think they could use the data from their app to find the next “Harry Potter.” Who was Ama Helene? Guest: Lincoln Blumell, PhD, Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU We’ve all spent a moment or two thinking about how we might be remembered when we’re gone, haven’t we? What we’d like to have written on our gravestone. . . something about having loved and been loved, would be nice. BYU ancient scripture professor Lincoln Blumell recently helped translate a small and exceptionally sweet epitaph carved into limestone that’s languished in the archives of the University of Utah’s library for decades. The carving dates back to just a couple of hundred years after the death of Christ.