Lewis' March, Kidney Gift Certificate, Prejudice in Children
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 350
- Aug 1, 2016 11:00 pm
- 1:44:36 mins
"March" Graphic Novel Series: History of Civil Rights Protests Guests: Georgia Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, creators of the award-winning graphic novel trilogy "March" about Lewis’ work during the civil rights movement The third installment of the award-winning graphic novel trilogy “March” is out today. It tells the story of the civil rights movement through the eyes of Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who was a central figure in the lunch counter sit-ins, the freedom rides and the March on Washington in 1963. It’s a history book in comic-form, but it feels very current amid today’s simmering tension between police and communities of color and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Perhaps that’s why the trilogy has become a best-seller and required reading in high schools around the country. Kidney Gift Certificates Guest: Jeffrey Veale, MD, transplant surgeon, Director of the UCLA Kidney Transplantation Exchange Program, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA Pay it forward. That’s the premise of a creative new program for kidney donors pioneered at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Just imagine someone you love is on the list of more than 100,000 people in America desperately hoping for a kidney transplant. You would gladly give them one of yours, but you’re not a good match. At some transplant centers, including UCLA, you can do a swap, where your kidney goes to someone else and their loved one gives a kidney to your loved one. These swaps sometimes turn into chains where, once your loved one gets a kidney, you give yours to someone else and their loved one gives to another person down the chain and so on. Now comes a new twist – a sort of layaway plan for kidney donation. A California lawyer and retired judge came up with the idea to help his young grandson and he convinced UCLA to let him do it. Learn more about the new program here. Educators Shortchanged Due to State Policies Guest: Lea J.E. Austin, PhD, researcher at The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley States put a lot of focus on hiring – and trying to keep - high-quality teachers in public schools. But research increasingly shows the years before a child arrives in kindergarten are just as crucial to their success. On that front, fewer than half of states have policies aimed at ensuring pre-school and child care workers are well-trained and fairly compensated. To bring attention to the gap, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley has created a new state score card called the Early Childhood Workforce Index. Ending Racial Bias in Children Guest: Antonya Gonzalez, graduate student of psychology at the University of British Columbia What would it take to eliminate racism in America? If outlawing discrimination based on race isn’t enough – which it clearly isn’t – then we’re talking about changing people’s hearts and minds, aren’t we? President Barack Obama talked about this last month at a memorial honoring the four Dallas police officers killed by a sniper during a Black Lives Matter rally. He called on Americans to open their hearts to each other, to see in each other “a common humanity and a shared dignity” and “recognize how our different experiences have shaped us.” Research on how bias takes root suggests that accomplishing what President Obama calls for will mean starting early – in childhood. A study just out in the journal Child Development offers insight into how that might work. Jason Bourne and Nerve Guest: Rod Gustafson, Reviewer at ParentPreviews.com Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne, the deadly CIA hitman with a bad case of amnesia. Rod Gustafson on "Nerve": there must be a better way for a girl to work up the nerve she needs to get some attention and tell her mom she wants to leave home for college. Robots Sorting Fruit Guests: D.J. Lee, PhD, Professor of computer engineering at BYU; Dave Brown, BYU’s Technology Transfer office Have you seen video from a produce processing plant? The workers wear hairnets and gloves and stand over a conveyor belt weeding out the apples or lettuce heads not suitable for sale? It’s hard to imagine how that aspect of the process could ultimately be automated. Can a robot sort the good produce from the bad as effectively as a human?