According to a study depicted on NPR on June 20th, researchers conducted an experiment where they dropped 17,000 wallets in 40 different countries, containing varying amounts of cash, contact information and other personal effects. As it turns out, while most of us would think that the wallets would be long gone, the researchers discovered that most wallets, especially those containing cash, were handed over to the authorities. On this episode, we discuss our ideas on why people were leaning more towards honesty, have a conversation about ethical behavior, honesty and theft.
According to a 2015 article found on the FlexJobs website, 75% of employees reported not having enough time for their children, 40% of mothers were the sole source of income for the household and most parents (almost three quarters) reported that after having a baby, they prefer to work fulltime again once the child is school-aged. These stats aren’t just limited to heterosexual couples, as of the approximately 700,000 same-sex couples, over 16% are raising children, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA’s law school. On this episode, we discuss some statistics on the challenges of working professionals attempting to maintain their careers while raising a baby and toss around some ideas that could help couples who are currently or will soon be adding a new member to their families!
When it comes to decisions about how to spend federal funds, there is almost always vast differences in opinions on what the country should prioritize. According to a recent survey of U.S. adults by the PEW Research Center, about 72% favored increasing spending on education while 28% suggested decreasing assistance to the needy across the world and 23% suggested decreasing spending to help those who are unemployed. On this episode, we explore the use of tax revenue across a number of public issues and programs, and share our opinions on how the government should prioritize spending.
According to survey results we found on the PEW Research Center’s website, “nearly half (46%) of the public would rather live in a different type of community from the one they’re living in now — a sentiment that is most prevalent among city dwellers.” This prompts us to explore the question - why are we prone to the desire to live elsewhere? Does periodic travel satisfy our deep, nomadic roots? Or are we simply constantly in pursuit of new experiences?
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, recently testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee about his involvement in the 2016 election and hush money paid to Stormy Daniels, among other proof which incriminates President Trump. Cohen’s testimony also has us all wondering: is our democratic republic is failing (so much that it has enabled a bad actor like Cohen to exploit our democratic system and defraud the American public)? Or is it a clear indication that while our democratic system is not perfect, it is nevertheless functioning?
According to the website The Science of People, 73% of Americans and 79% of people younger than 45 believe in soulmates. On this episode, we explore the topics of soulmates, love, bonding and relationships, all to answer the question: are soulmates real, or surreal?
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Racism is defined as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. We all have, to some degree, experienced some level of racism. On this episode, we wanted to have a heart to heart conversation about our personal experiences with racism.
According to an article published in Science Advances, sociologist Elizabeth Bruch, Ph.D., and Mark Newman, Ph.D., a physics professor, collected DMs received by online daters across four cities to determine level of desirability. On this episode, we discuss trends in online dating, usage of data to identify social patterns and of course - social implications and new knowledge that can come from this!
According to an article published by the Pew Research Center, most people who attend religious services state that they attend church, synagogue or mosque to feel closer to God. Those who don’t attend religious services tend to be younger, more educated and democratic. Moreover, about 37% of survey respondents indicated that they don’t attend religious services, but they practice faith in other ways. On this episode, we explore some of the perceptions and traits of those who are churchgoers, some motivations for attending and why some opt not to go often or at all… as well as social implications, of course.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that nearly 45,000 Americans commit suicide each year. The average rate of suicide in 2015 was 13.26 per 100,000 in the population. In the same year, the states of Montana, Wyoming and Alaska were the top 3 states for suicide attempts, way above the national average, and the state of New Jersey was the state with the least amount of suicides per 100,000 residents. On today's episode, in light of the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, we wanted to have a conversation about trends, motivations and facts around this public health and social issue, as well as share some ideas on how to prevent or reduce suicide in the population.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, $1.03 trillion in traveler spending generated $2.4 trillion in economic output and supported 15.6 million American jobs. Not only is travel a leisure thing we do after having accumulated sufficient vacation time at work to take a break from reality, but it’s also great in supporting the economy, and we always come back home learning a few life lessons as we transition back to the grind. On this episode, we’ll have a casual conversation about recent and planned vacations, and what we have experienced on our travels!
According to Pew Research Center, about 25% of parents are unmarried, which is vastly different from 1968, where only about 4% of parents were unmarried. Research finds that after one year, about three-in-ten young adults get married, 9% break up the relationship and 62% continue cohabiting. Moreover, among adults aged 25 and older, 23% of males and 17% of females have reported being never married. On this episode, we discuss the overall topic of marriage in society and we try to answer the question - why are more couples cohabiting in lieu of getting married? And, is this a good thing? Or not...
Historically, the United States has been a beacon of hope, and the symbol of opportunity and the chance for a new life to immigrants. From Pilgrims seeking religious freedom in the 1600s, to those seeking opportunity during the early 19th century, and most recently, those seeking asylum from war and violence-stricken countries. Over the last several months, we have seen acts at our executive level of government, which have been interpreted as anti-immigrant. On this episode, we discuss some of the social implications of the current administration’s actions, including cancellation of Temporary Protective Status, construction of the wall on the southern border and banning visitors from certain countries and religions.
In 2016, a researcher from Columbia University’s Teachers College published a study which discovered that high-school students’ science grades improved after they learned about the struggles of renowned scientists, such as Einstein and Marie Curie, while students who only knew about scientists’ successes, experienced declines in their grades. On this episode, we explore the concepts of goal setting and failures, setbacks and achievements, and how struggling has helped us in our professional and personal endeavors.
With over 1.86 billion monthly active users, Facebook is increasingly expected take on the social responsibilities of managing cyber bullying, censoring hate speech while at the same time ensuring that free speech is protected. As an example, 87% of cyber bullying among teenagers occurs on Facebook, while over 87 million people may have had their data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, which some experts say may have impacted the 2016 Presidential Election. There is also growing distrust among conservatives that Facebook censors their conservative voice on the social platform. Today, we discuss the nature of free speech, corporate responsibility, and the ethical concerns for placing our trust in a corporation to safeguard our constitutional rights.
According to the statistics website, Statista, the National UFO Reporting Center recorded 307 UFO sightings in 1990, and a whopping 8,619 in 2014. Moreover, in a 2017 article published on the Huffington Post, a survey conducted reported that nearly half of Americans believe in Aliens! On this episode, we talk about the belief in life outside of planet Earth, UFOs, and aliens. Could there be life on other planets? Or is this all just Sci-Fi and theory?
According to a study conducted by Career Builder in 2008, 41% of employers reported saying that they were more likely to promote employees who wear professional attire. The then vice president of human resources, Rosemary Haefner stated that “how you dress plays an important role in how others perceive you at work and dressing professionally can help you project a motivated and dedicated image”. Given that today, plain t-shirts, beanies and jeans are common workplace attire, is it “fair” to develop perceptions of folks based on attire? Or do employees just need to adapt to these traditional norms?
Religious fundamentalism refers to the belief of an individual or a group of individuals in the absolute authority of a sacred religious text or teachings of a particular religious leader, prophet, and/or God. Over the past several years, we have witnessed stories about extremist groups, whose actions are generally blamed on their religious beliefs. On this episode, we seek to answer the question: what are the elements that cultivates extreme groups? Is religion really to blame? Or are these groups an extension of a failed state system?
Moral values are defined as basic standards of good and evil, which govern people’s behaviors and choices. Individual’s morals may derive from many sources, including society, our families, government, religion, or self. On today’s episode, we came to answer the question - how do our moral values influence decision making?
It’s a phenomenon that boggles the savviest of health and social science researchers - America, with all it’s wealth and global dominance, has some of the worst health care in the developed world. According to TIME magazine, while the US has the most expensive health care system, it ranks lowest in terms of efficiency, equity and outcomes. Despite our position against our global colleagues, across states we’ve got problems too. On today’s episode, we aim to answer the question: Why are some states sicker than others?