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When Experts Attack

When Experts Attack #8 - Feeling lonely? It’s not social media’s fault

With social distancing being the mode du jour, many are relying on Facebook and other channels to keep in touch. Will that make us feel even more isolated? Communication guru Jeff Hall has done study after study whose findings push back against the common misconception that smartphone and social media use increase loneliness.

When Experts Attack #7 - Go ahead, fill out that Census form.

There are billions of dollars at stake — seriously. Data doyenne Xan Wedel is wading into her third U.S. Census. In this conversation, recorded as notices were going out to households across the nation, she says it’s worth filling out the Census — that is if you like representation in the U.S. House and funding for schools. Half data geek-out and half confab about the 2020 Census, this episode spells out why it’s important to get counted and why the real heavy lifting takes place after the data is collected.

When Experts Attack #6 - You don’t need a mask for the coronavirus. Or pig vaccine. Or silver.

The current health emergency is dubbed “the coronavirus,” but also "COVID-19" or the “SARS coronavirus 2.” What do we call it? How can we protect ourselves from it? And what is everybody getting wrong about the current health emergency? In this episode, we talk with Anthony Fehr, an expert on coronaviruses. He’s an assistant professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Kansas and runs a lab studying how coronaviruses defeat our immune responses. Fehr tells us you don’t need to wear one of those surgical masks. Or take pig vaccine or silver. Just wash your hands. Got that? Wash.

When Experts Attack #5: Media literacy can save lives and lungs

People often don’t realize that mass communications is much more than print and broadcast journalism or reporting the news. Understanding media messages can help young people cut through ads aimed to convince them to vape, guest Yvonnes Chen tells us. She also reports on a study that showed adolescents' brains react similarly to seasoned smokers’ brains when they view vaping ads. (Photo credit is Pexels)

When Experts Attack #3: Self driving cars aren't right around the corner

In this episode of “When Experts Attack,” Bradley Lane talks transportation, why electric and autonomous vehicles aren’t necessarily going to take over the world and how a battle over light rail developments in Houston led him to a career in transportation research. Along the way, the associate professor in KU’s School of Public Affairs and Administration tells us how people often mistakenly think he has a vested interest in oil prices or the adoption of electric vehicles because his research touches on those fields.

When Experts Attack #2: No map is 100% accurate

The first thing most of us do on Google Earth is zoom in to see our house. Or maybe we use Street View to cruise down the block where we grew up. The first thing most of us do on Google Earth is zoom in to see our house", says Brian McClendon. "Or maybe we use Street View to cruise down the block where we grew up". The creator of Google Earth says although it's the most accurate map in the world, even it sometimes misses the mark. (Photo credit: Ingo Joseph from Pexels)

When Experts Attack #1: Let me take you on a Conspira-Sea Cruise

A Harvard Law School graduate and former litigator, Colin McRoberts became immersed in the wacky underground community of pseudolaw when he embarked on the 2016 Conspira-Sea Cruise. Sounds a bit out there, right? Actually, pseudolaw is far from fringe. McRoberts says it’s tricky to determine what appears more absurd: a tinfoil hat or a powdered wig. “If you give an average person a page of real law and a page of pseudolaw, it’s kind of hard to tell the difference. They both look ridiculous.”


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