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When Experts Attack

When Experts Attack #24: Libraries are better than search engines

The pandemic has changed how we use libraries. So has the internet. So what? Libraries have been evolving for 4,000 years in how they store and create knowledge. And libraries aren’t just the place where you find information — they lead the drive for creating and sharing knowledge with people all over the world.  

When Experts Attack #22: Witches are dangerous because they don’t need men

For Jane Barnette, Halloween is a thrilling time of year. In this episode, the Associate Professor of Theatre talks about her research into the portrayal of witches on stage and screen, and she challenges widespread notions that gave rise to fictional witches such as the Wicked Witch of the West. In part, Barnette’s perspective is based on her own practice of witchcraft.

When Experts Attack! #21: “Gun owners don’t really want to use their guns”

Margaret Kelley is interested in firearms, and why people own them. In this episode, the University of Kansas researcher tells our own Jon Niccum it’s not just the fear of violence or belief in constitutional rights that provide Americans with reasons to own guns. Concerns about Armageddon and “supernatural evil” also enter into people’s decision-making. Kelley’s research is part of a larger book project about “normal people using normal guns,” specifically focusing on the average woman gun owner in middle America. 

When Experts Attack! #20: U.S. emergency rooms aren’t ready

When you’re racing to a hospital emergency room, you’re not thinking about all of the steps it took to make that ER available in a moment of need. But for the past two decades, our guest Frank Zilm has been doing just that. He chats with “When Experts Attack!” correspondent Rick Hellman and dispels the notion that our health systems are prepared for surge events like our current pandemic. To the contrary, Zilm claims hospitals should be rebuilt from scratch to avoid disaster upon disaster.

When Experts Attack! #18: LGBTQ rights won’t lead to frivolous lawsuits

Recently, the United States Supreme Court deemed it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees for sexual orientation or transgender status. In this episode, Kyle Velte, associate professor of law, explains why the SCOTUS ruling is a “landmark case that will transform the American workplace.” She also recounts her own experiences at the Supreme Court and tells us how the highest court in the land conducts its business in the age of COVID-19.

When Experts Attack #17: The President doesn’t sound presidential

Bragging, complaining, criticizing. Donald Trump’s rhetoric is a drastic departure from that of past US presidents. In this episode, “When Experts Attack!” correspondent Rick Hellman speaks with guest Robert Rowland about Trump’s rhetorical departure and what it means for the 2020 election cycle.

When Experts Attack #16: Over-policing creates crime

Many people underestimate just how much contact African-Americans and other communities of color have had with the criminal-justice system. We see news about protests now and some think it’s only a result of George Floyd’s murder or other recent examples police brutality, but in fact frustration has been building for decades. For individuals and families of color, carceral contact has long-lasting effects well after a traffic stop, arrest, conviction or prison sentence ends.

When Experts Attack! #15 — We might be stuck with the Electoral College

Even though two of the last three U.S. presidents were elected without earning the popular vote, the Electoral College still remains the method used for picking our national leader. Guest Paul Schumaker has written a book that details a strategy for replacing this antiquated system.


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