Still Too Big to Fail? Student Walkout, Robots Coming for Your Jobs?
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 769
- Mar 15, 2018 11:00 pm
- 1:43:13 mins
Rolling Back Banking Regulations Guest: Christopher Peterson, JD, John J. Flynn Endowded Professor, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah The Senate has just passed a measure easing some of the rules placed on banks after the 2008 financial crisis. The measure got bipartisan support and the House has already passed an even more expansive rollback of Dodd-Frank, which was the name of the original law designed to prevent another banking crash. As it happens, this weekend marks 10 years since the investment firm Bear Stearns collapsed – one of the first big signs that something was seriously amiss in the banking world. Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy Guests: Sarah Stitzlein, PhD, Professor of Education and Affiliate Faculty in Philosophy, University of Cincinnati; Alison Van Orden, Journalism and English Teacher, Timpview High School; Jethro Knight Davis, Recent Graduate, Timpview High School; Anna Mason, Senior, Timpview High School Wednesday morning marked one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Thousands of students across the country walked out of school at 10 am to gather for 17 minutes and remember the 17 victims killed last month and to call for stricter gun control. Though some schools threatened disciplinary action for students who walked out, some educators argue that schools should support the protests and even teach students how to dissent in the public arena. Serious Flu Season Exposes Serious Flaw in the Medical System Guest: Morten Wendelbo, Lecturer in Policy Sciences, Texas A&M University The worst of flu season is over, thankfully, because it was a really bad one in just about every state and bringing some of the highest rates of hospitalization we’ve seen in recent years. All those serious flu cases also exposed a major flaw in the US medical system. Robots Will Not be Taking Our Jobs Guest: J.P. Gownder, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research By some estimates, up to half of all jobs in the US will be replaced by automation over the next few decades - and not just manual labor. Doctors, therapists and even journalists could be supplanted by smart computers capable of learning and improving over time. But Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder thinks those estimates are way overblown. He and his team estimate only a fraction of Americans will be completely out of a job because of automation. The majority of us will have to learn how to work side-by-side with the robots. Recognizing and Preventing Altitude Sickness (Originally aired: Aug. 29, 2017) Guest: Collin Grissom, MD, Critical Care Physician, Intermountain Medical Center The snow has come late to the ski resorts here in Utah and locals and visitors alike are trying to get in a few more days on the slopes before the resorts close for the season. But if you’re coming to a place like Utah or Colorado from sea level, you should watch out for altitude sickness. Last fall we got some insight into this illness, which can feel just like the flu at first.Future of Jobs – Working With Robots (May 23, 2017) Quest for Clean Food (Originally aired: Dec. 19, 2017) Guest: Ruth MacDonald, PhD, Professor and Chair of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University Healthy food bloggers and authors like Michael Pollan encourage us to steer clear of food that contains ingredients we can’t pronounce. Aim for clean and simple foods is the mantra. So, something that contains glutamic acid, histidine, methionine, phytosterols and 2-hydroxy-3-methylethl would be a definite no-go right? Except the food I’m describing is a banana. And not even a genetically modified one. Iowa State University food science and human nutrition expert Ruth MacDonald says it’s not just short-sighted, it’s dangerous, to get too carried away with the whole “no chemicals, no preservatives” thing.