January 16, 2018

‘Passive Houses’; Hunger In Cold Weather; Twitter And Hate Speech; Astrophysicist Wins Award

On The 21st: 'Passive houses' are insulated eco-friendly homes which need almost no heat or airconditioning -- and in the U.S., they started in Urbana. We also speak with the executive director of the Rock River Valley Pantry about how the freezing weather affects people who need their services. Plus, we hear about how Twitter is handling hate speech, and talk to a Northwestern astrophysicist about black holes and how she first got started in astrophysics.

Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago)
January 16, 2018

‘A Lesson For How NOT To Do Bill-Making’

Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto authority to make big changes to a small clean-up bill that’s necessary to enact school funding reform. Democrats who pushed the reform warned that Rauner’s action could derail the bipartisan effort to make school funding more equitable. As it turns out, they’re not the only ones upset about it.

ISU Psychology Prof. John Pryor
Illinois State University
January 15, 2018

How Likely Is Someone To Sexually Harass Others? ISU Prof Has A Scale For That

The stories of sexual assault and harassment that emerged last year seemed to touch every industry. But why do some people, mainly men, sexually harass their colleagues? Psychologist John Pryor on the faculty at Illinois State University has created a test to measure a person's tendency to harass someone; it's called the "Likelihood to Sexually Harass Scale."

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