Grawemeyer Award Recipients in Louisville This Week

The latest Grawemeyer Award winners will be in Louisville this week to accept their prizes and give free public talks. The University of Louisville has handed out Grawemeyer Awards since 1985, when entrepreneur H. Charles Grawemeyer created the foundation to fund the awards. The awards are given for music composition, world order, psychology and education. […]

What is Willpower?

STATE OF AFFAIRS 3/14/11: Dr. Walter Mischel’s groundbreaking study of and conclusions about willpower have been applied to everything from early education to weight loss to saving for retirement. His efforts won him the 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. This Monday Dr. Mischel joins us to talk about his work, his discoveries, and what he learned from toddlers and marshmallows.  Listen to the Show

Ending Modern Slavery

STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/07/11: Dr. Kevin Bales’ blueprint to end modern slavery earned him this year’s Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. It’s estimated that 27 million people are enslaved; human trafficking and slavery are intertwined with many facets of the global economy. In Dr. Bales’ book Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves, he outlines a plan under which he believes slavery can be stopped within 30 years at a cost of less than $20 billion. Join us Monday when we talk with Dr. Bales about his work.  Listen to the Show

Explaining Pain

Maybe when you were a little kid and used to fight with your brother, your pinches to him seemed to hurt him more than his pinches to you. Did you think you were just braver? Or maybe as an adult you’ve been in a situation where a nurse or doctor has asked you to describe your pain, “flickering, pulsing, throbbing, etc.”. Did you wonder, “where did they come up with this?” Unfortunately, we all experience physical pain during our lives; some of us more acutely than others. Listen to the Show

Why Smart People Make Dumb Decisions

We’ve all known people like them. They’re the folks who have super IQs, aced the SAT, and work as engineers or researchers… and fall for every get-rich-quick scheme that comes their way, and can’t remember when it’s time to put gas in the car. Psychologist Keith Stanovich’s work focuses on reasoning, rationality, and decision making, and how high intelligence isn’t necessarily accompanied by common sense. Stanovich was awarded the 2010 Grawemeyer Award in Education for his research, and he joins us for a conversation about why smart people sometimes make such dumb decisions. Listen to the Show

Honest Patriots: Loving Our Country Enough to Remember Its Misdeeds

Anyone who paid attention in grade school probably remembers making construction paper pilgrim hats and feather headdresses and “reenacting the first Thanksgiving.” This sanitized story is often our first lesson about our nation’s infancy, and we don’t learn the real story until later – if ever. Theologian and ethicist Donald W. Shriver, Jr. argues that to truly love the USA, we must acknowledge those shameful parts of our history. Listen to the Show

Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power and Democracy

Corruption reaches all corners of the globe, threatening democracy, economic development, and sustainability in both the poorest and richest of countries. All corruption is not created equal, though. Political Science professor Michael Johnston has discovered the link between a country’s political and economic patterns and the type of corruption which occurs there. His work and its implication for reform earned Johnston the 2009 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Listen to the Show