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Week of April 12
- Kai checks back in with our economic historian panel – this time, a look at pent up demand following a recession, and the idea of a repeat of the roaring 20s.
- The QR code isn’t new to Americans. From time to time before Covid, we used our phones to scan those funny looking square things. But the pandemic made it mainstream, as a contactless way to pull up menus and order food. By one measure, half the eateries in the country adopted some form of QR code during the pandemic. Marketplace’s Scott Tong looks at the future of QR codes.
- Meghan McCarty Carino hosts the program on April 12, with Molly Wood hosting April 13-16.
- April 12: When we talk about the spread of false information on the internet, the discussion is often focused on what the platforms can do to stop its spread. But there are tools that consumers can use to figure out what is true and what is not. Helen Lee Bouygues [BWEEG] is the founder and President of the Reboot Foundation, an organization aimed at increasing people’s long-term critical thinking skills and media consumption habits.
- April 16: Facebook and other social media companies are facing criticism for allowing too much disinformation on their platforms about things like elections and COVID-19 vaccines. And not only in English – some critics say the problem is worse in other languages. As Rachael Myrow of KQED reports, according to at least one study by the human rights non-profit Avaaz, just 29 percent of misinformation in Spanish is flagged on Facebook, compared to 70 percent of comparable material in English.
- April 12: It’s hard to avoid how polarized and divided our national politics has become….and those divisions are not just confined to politics. Sometimes it seems like it’s an us and them world. We don’t just disagree; we are in what New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley calls, a state of “high conflict.” Ripley joins us to talk about her research into how good people get captured by high conflict—and how they break free.
- April 13: The Biden administration sees China as its top geo-political rival, but also a partner when it comes to issues like fighting climate change and dealing with North Korea. A high-level meeting between the US and China broke out into a very undiplomatic war of words last month. What does that indicate about the two super-powers level of mistrust and understanding? On Point dedicates its hour to better understand China’s motives and long-term goals as we ask the question: what does China want?
- April 14: New surveys indicate Americans’ membership in communities of worship has declined sharply in recent years, with less than 50% of the country belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque. On Point looks into what’s filling the God-gap.
- April 15: Performance Today will broadcast the interviews and performances with the second Young Artist in Residence – Randall Goosby, a violinist studying at Juilliard.
Arts and Culture
Time Machine from The Current is a sonic journey across music history. Each week, host Bill DeVille takes you back to the sounds of a specific year with a carefully curated list of the best songs. Plus, he’ll invite you to reexamine some deeper cuts as we look back on what happened that year in music, pop culture and the world.
April 16 – 1965:
It was a huge year for Bob Dylan, as he made not one but two classic albums in the same year. Motown was selling records like hotcakes with releases from The Supremes, the Miracles and others, and there were debuts from Sonny and Cher and The Byrds, who liked to record Dylan’s songs. Saxman John Coltrane released what many call one of the greatest albums of all time, the Beatles made their 2nd film, played to 55,000 at Shea Stadium and released the excellent Rubber Soul album, The Stones had a big hit that came to Keith Richards in his sleep, and Roger Miller wrote his biggest hit. Meanwhile, The Sound of Music was the biggest film of the year, and Bonanza was the most popular show on TV.
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Encore episode – April 16:
- This week we talk about the delicious species of sea urchin that we should be eating more of for the environment with chef/biochemist Ali Bouzari.
- Rolando Beramendi, author of Autentico, introduces us to the Italian way with rice salads.
- Best-selling author Alison Roman has some ideas to ramp up savory breakfasts.
- America’s Test Kitchen brings us the perfect homemade falafel.
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