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Naloxone and Opioids, West Virginia Teacher Strike, History of Military Parades

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Mar 12, 2018
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Is Naloxone Making the Opioid Epidemic Worse? Guest: Jennifer Doleac, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia, Founding Director, Justice Tech Lab Opioids now account for two-thirds of all drug overdose deaths in the United States. One tool states are using to prevent those deaths is naloxone. It’s a medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose – literally save that person’s life - if administered quickly.  So EMTs now carry it with them in ambulances. But all states now have laws making naloxone accessible to everyday people – some would like to see it in everyone’s medicine cabinet, given how common opioid overdose has become.  But what if knowing you’ve got a safety net sitting in your medicine cabinet actually makes someone more likely to overdose on opioids? Ripple Effect of West Virginia Teacher Strike Guest: Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Education After teachers in West Virginia went on strike for nine consecutive days, they succeeded in getting a five percent pay increase signed into law last week. Now teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky appear eager to catch the same wave. Union leaders in Oklahoma have even set a date to walk out in early April, if a pay increase isn’t approved by then. Indian Instant Pot© Sensation Guest: Urvashi Pitre, Author, “Indian Instant Pot Cookbook” Programmable pressure cookers, like the Instant Pot©, are popping up in home kitchens around the country. The cookers promise one-pot cooking that takes just minutes, instead of hours. Which is a big deal if you love Indian food that requires marinating meat soaking lentils overnight. Food blogger Urvashi Pitre saw her recipe for Indian Butter Chicken go viral, which lead to a cookbook called “Indian Instant Pot Cooking.”  History of Military Parades Guest: Andrew Bacevich, PhD, Retired Army Colonel, Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History, Boston University Many countries are in the habit of parading their militaries through the streets, but the US hasn’t had a military parade in nearly 30 years. The last one was in 1991 when “Storm’n” Norman Schwarzkopf led thousands of Desert Storm veterans down Constitution Avenue in Washington to celebrate the Gulf War victory.  But President Trump saw a military parade in France last summer that impressed him, so he’s ordered one here – and the Department of Defense says it will oblige this coming Veteran’s Day. There will be period costumes from previous wars and military aircraft flyovers, but no tanks because they tear up streets. The parade will go from the White House to the Capitol as President Trump watches from a viewing area surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients.  Why are these types of parades so rare in the United States and what’s the point of holding one? A Wrinkle in Time Guest: Rod Gustafson, Host, Parent Previews Based on the classic children's novel, Meg, her brother and her friend are sent on an intergalactic mission to find her father who mysteriously disappeared while doing scientific research about time and space travel. STEM Roots in Childhood Play Guest: Anne Gold, PhD, Director of CIRES Education and Outreach, University of Colorado Boulder The ability to look at a couch and picture how it might fit into a room – or what it would look like if you stood it on its end – is called “spatial reasoning” and it’s really important for engineers and scientists. Playing with LEGOs© may teach kids these skills at a young age, which could really pay off in STEM careers later. Show More...