Venezuela Re-elects Maduro, Getting the Brain Tingles, Unveiling the Cambridge Library Tower

Venezuela Re-elects Maduro, Getting the Brain Tingles, Unveiling the Cambridge Library Tower

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

  • May 22, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 1:42:21 mins
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Venezuela’s Maduro Wins Six More Years  Guest: Kirk Hawkins, PhD, Professor of Political Science, BYU Venezuela’s leftist president Nicolas Maduro easily won another six-year term over the weekend. But the US and other independent observers say the election was a fraud, and yesterday the US imposed new economic sanctions on Venezuela. Also on Monday, 14 nations from the Americas, including Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, vowed to scale back diplomatic relations with Venezuela. Will these efforts to freeze Venezuela’s dictator out of the international community do anything to help the country’s people, who are suffering widespread hunger and lack of basic medical care?  Do Americans Still Believe in God? Guest: Greg Smith, Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center The fastest growing religious group in America is the “nones” – people who believe “nothing in particular.” But most of those folks still believe in God. In fact, nine out of ten Americans believe in some sort of higher power.  There’s a lot of difference in the details, though, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Even among Christians there is a lot of variety in just what they mean when they say they believe in God. Art Out of Food Guest: Jason Mecier, Pop Artist We’ve all been guilty of playing with our food. But Jason Mecier takes it to a whole new level—he’s made a name for himself by creating art out of food. He’s made Kevin Bacon out of bacon, Condoleezza Rice out of rice, and Grumpy Cat out of Friskies cat food… just to name a few.  Up To Us: Youth Engaged with the National Debt Guest: Evan Rufrano, Junior at State University of New York at Old Westbury, Winner of the Sixth Annual “Up To Us” National Campus Competition America’s national debt is more than $21 trillion dollars. That large a number is tough to get your head around – even if you check out the US Debt Clock online. There’s a ticker that shows the debt going up at lightning speed as you watch, but it feels like you’re staring at the timer running out on a bomb in a movie. There’s no real sense of what that fast-rising number means or what consequence awaits. College junior Evan Rufrano joined with some of his classmates at the State University of New York at Old Westbury to create a way to get young people thinking about the national debt. Their efforts won the annual “Up to Us” competition sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of advocacy groups concerned about America’s fiscal health.  What is ASMR? Why are People Thrilled by the Sound of Scissors Cutting? Guest: Craig Richard, PhD, Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University, and Founder of the ASMR University website, Researcher at The ASMR Research project, Curator of the "Voices of ASMR" Project, Host of the ASMR University Podcast, Author of “Brain Tingles” There’s a new advertising gimmick companies like IKEA, Applebee’s and McDonald’s have been using, that involves people – often celebrities – whispering right into a microphone while bed sheets crinkle or meat sizzles loudly in your ears. If you don’t know they’re tapping into a viral online trend, you’ll think it’s really weird. They’re referencing ASMR. But what on Earth is that? Click here to learn more about ASMR.  The Unveiled Cambridge Library Tower Guest: Mark Purcell, Deputy Director, Research Collections at the University Library at the University of Cambridge Most countries have a law that requires at least one copy of every book that’s published in the country to be sent to a central archive. In America, that place is the Library of Congress. In England, there are several libraries that get a copy – one of them is at Cambridge University. And if you’ve ever visited Cambridge you’ve seen the tower that looms over campus – that 17-story tower is where the library has stashed many of those books. It’s been off-limits to the public and rather mysterious for many years. But all summer long, Cambridge Library staff will offer weekly guided tours. They’re calling the exhibit “Tall Tales: Secrets of the Tower.”  If you’re headed to the UK this year, “Tall Tales: Secrets of the Tower” is open until the end of October. Take a virtual tour here. Worlds Awaiting: Tactile Learning Guest: Rachel Wadham, Host of “Worlds Awaiting” on BYUradio, Education and Juvenile Collection Librarian at BYU Children learn in different ways. Those who benefit from hands-on learning have often been labelled as having behavioral problems. Here we discuss how to incorporate tactile learning into the classroom and how it can benefit all students.

Episode Segments

Up To Us: Youth Engaged with the National Debt

May 22, 2018
5 m

Guest: Evan Rufrano, Junior at State University of New York at Old Westbury, Winner of the Sixth Annual “Up To Us” National Campus Competition America’s national debt is more than $21 trillion dollars. That large a number is tough to get your head around – even if you check out the US Debt Clock online. There’s a ticker that shows the debt going up at lightning speed as you watch, but it feels like you’re staring at the timer running out on a bomb in a movie. There’s no real sense of what that fast-rising number means or what consequence awaits. College junior Evan Rufrano joined with some of his classmates at the State University of New York at Old Westbury to create a way to get young people thinking about the national debt. Their efforts won the annual “Up to Us” competition sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of advocacy groups concerned about America’s fiscal health.

Guest: Evan Rufrano, Junior at State University of New York at Old Westbury, Winner of the Sixth Annual “Up To Us” National Campus Competition America’s national debt is more than $21 trillion dollars. That large a number is tough to get your head around – even if you check out the US Debt Clock online. There’s a ticker that shows the debt going up at lightning speed as you watch, but it feels like you’re staring at the timer running out on a bomb in a movie. There’s no real sense of what that fast-rising number means or what consequence awaits. College junior Evan Rufrano joined with some of his classmates at the State University of New York at Old Westbury to create a way to get young people thinking about the national debt. Their efforts won the annual “Up to Us” competition sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of advocacy groups concerned about America’s fiscal health.

What is ASMR? Why are People Thrilled by the Sound of Scissors Cutting?

May 22, 2018
21 m

Guest: Craig Richard, PhD, Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University, and Founder of the ASMR University website, Researcher at The ASMR Research project, Curator of the "Voices of ASMR" Project, Host of the ASMR University Podcast, Author of “Brain Tingles” There’s a new advertising gimmick companies like IKEA, Applebee’s and McDonald’s have been using, that involves people – often celebrities – whispering right into a microphone while bed sheets crinkle or meat sizzles loudly in your ears. If you don’t know they’re tapping into a viral online trend, you’ll think it’s really weird. They’re referencing ASMR. But what on Earth is that? Click here to learn more about ASMR.

Guest: Craig Richard, PhD, Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University, and Founder of the ASMR University website, Researcher at The ASMR Research project, Curator of the "Voices of ASMR" Project, Host of the ASMR University Podcast, Author of “Brain Tingles” There’s a new advertising gimmick companies like IKEA, Applebee’s and McDonald’s have been using, that involves people – often celebrities – whispering right into a microphone while bed sheets crinkle or meat sizzles loudly in your ears. If you don’t know they’re tapping into a viral online trend, you’ll think it’s really weird. They’re referencing ASMR. But what on Earth is that? Click here to learn more about ASMR.