Qualified for President, Ocean Discovery, Kolkata Bridge Collapse
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 281
- Apr 25, 2016 9:00 pm
- 1:40:27 mins
Who is Qualified to Be President? (1:03) Guests: Chris Karpowitz, PhD, BYU Political Science Professor; Grant Madsen, PhD, BYU History Professor The bruising primary season is pushing toward a conclusion. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump remain the front runners for their parties. And the question of “who is qualified” to be President has been taking up a lot of air time among pundits. Democrat Bernie Sanders has taken some heat from his party for questioning the qualifications of former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Technically speaking, there are only two qualifications required of a US president – you must be at least 35 years old and a natural born citizen of the United States. Given that fairly low bar, how do voters come to a consensus around a candidate? What criteria drive their decisions? Ocean Discovery Institute (25:03) Guest: Carla Pisbe, Manager of Business Development at the Ocean Discovery Institute Seeing the ocean for the first time can be a life-changing experience. But some California kids who live a 15-minute drive from the ocean can go their whole lives without ever seeing it. The mission of the Ocean Discovery Institute is to make sure that the kids in one urban neighborhood of San Diego get to experience the wonder of the ocean, and build on that to launch into careers in science and technology. Kolkata Bridge Collapse (50:11) Guest: Puneet Manchanda, PhD, Professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business An overpass that was under construction above a crowded street in Kolkata, India collapsed several weeks ago, killing 27 people and injuring scores of others. Immediately, an official with the construction company blamed the tragedy on “an act of God.” That firm is now being charged with attempted murder, mischief and criminal conspiracy. Unfortunately, building and bridge collapses are not uncommon in India’s famously-congested cities as the nation plays catch-up on infrastructure. A one-trillion dollar spending plan is currently underway to build new roads, bridges, ports and railway lines. But the projects have been hampered by delays, mismanagement and corruption. Parent Previews: The Huntsman (1:06:12) Guest: Donna Gustafson, Reviews Films at ParentPreviews.com Donna Gustafson says “The Huntsman: Winter's War” has very little of redeeming moral value, but if you like action and special effects, you'll enjoy this film. BYU Team Overcomes Key Challenge in Lightweight Car Design (1:21:18) Guests: Mike Miles, BYU Engineering Professor; Mike Alder, Director of BYU’s Technology Transfer Office “Lighweighting” is a movement among auto manufacturers to make cars and trucks with better fuel efficiency and handling. The challenge is to figure out how to get these lightweight materials – plastic, carbon fiber, aluminum and a host of high-strength allow metals - to hold together. Traditional welding works best when you’re joining pieces of the same material. BYU engineering professor Michael Miles and his colleagues have hit on a way to fuse aluminum and high strength steel that the auto industry has taken note of.