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RadioActive—#NMOS2014: National Moment of Silence Miami

By Michael Matthiesen | August 25th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

On August 14, 2014, citizens across America gathered in solidarity to hold vigils and observe a moment of silence to honor victims of Police Brutality. The members who organized NMOS across America, believe Police Brutality in the United States continues to be a pervasive problem that affects communities across the country.

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RadioActive—The Green Stop Sign: Miami Dade College Single Stop.

By Michael Matthiesen | August 18th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Miami Dade College Single Stop is a one stop shop for the students at Miami Dade College to get the resources they need to make sure they complete their degree. Located at the MDC’s North, Wolfson, and Kendall campuses — Single Stop tries to create social change in Miami Dade by helping the 46% of MDC students who live in at or below the poverty line, get the resources they need in order to graduate. AmeriCorps VISTA Diana Yaruro came on-air to explain.

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RadioActive—Pretty Hurts: Media and Body Image

By Michael Matthiesen | August 3rd, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

The current social construct of beauty on the American populous has created an unhealthy body image for US Citizens regardless of age. For a population that is 70% overweight, the goal to look like Ken or Barbie is becoming exceedingly less healthy which has some reporters begging the question “If pretty hurts, are we doing it wrong?” Current UM C&SC Master’s student Ana Mantica joined us on-air to explain.

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RadioActive—Rotary International: A World of Difference.

By Michael Matthiesen | July 28th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Started by Paul Harris in 1905, Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. How do Miami’s local Rotary Clubs make an impact?

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RadioActive—Nudgenomics: The Case for American Behavioral Policy

By Michael Matthiesen | July 14th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

TIME Magazine has praised Prime Minister Cameron’s government for their use of Behavioral Economic policies calling it a cheap, shrewd, and effective solution. American’s everyday are effected by behavioral economics in places as simple as your local grocery store. What if the US Government started in acting policy that utilized behavioral economics. UM PhD student Robyn Ziperstein joined us on-air to explain.

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RadioActive—Power, Poverty, and Guns: Are we having the wrong conversation?

By Michael Matthiesen | July 6th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Researchers have consistently drawn the link between poverty and violence — including gun violence. Yet politicians, media talking heads, and by result the general American populous consider power, guns, and poverty three seperate issues. This power-poverty paradigm is seen around the world as the most impoverished areas typically see the most gun violence. This leads to the question — should we change our conversation about poverty and gun violence? Kurt Kivell and Natalie Kivell joined us on-air to explain.

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RadioActive—Boy Meet Social Constructionism: Expanding Our View of the World Around Us.

By Michael Matthiesen | June 29th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

As we explored previously on RadioActive — the world is made up of social constructions and we should be aware how they influence our perspections. Now that a basic understanding of social constructions have been set, we will explore some various assumptions we share based on these imaginary walls that we have established. Natalie Kivell will joined us again on-air to explain.

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RadioActive—Markmanship’s Silhouette: The History of Gun Laws in the US.

By Michael Matthiesen | June 23rd, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

The modern discussion of gun laws in the United States has been heated. With media covering stories of mass shootings in schools from Columbine to Virginia Tech and Sandyhook — many have fought over whether guns take lives or protect them. Though this discussion continues, not many Americans know the history of gun laws in the US. What’s the legal history of guns in America? Jacob Quinlan and Mark Roque joined us on-air to explain.

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RadioActive—21st Century Social Constructs: Community Psychology and Unpacking What’s Normal.

By Michael Matthiesen | June 16th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Civilization is founded on social constructions that have been given meaning purposely to help society progress. These include — money, gender, race, power and many other things that we consider “normal.” But when can social constructs do more harm then good? Natalie Kivell joined us on-air to explain.

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RadioActive—The Art of Learning: The Role of the Arts in Latino Youth Development

By Michael Matthiesen | June 9th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Studies have show that the arts teach children that problems can have more then one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. Kareen Sanchez, first found her passion for the arts in latino youth development while she was a City Year member in LA — and will soon be leaving on a Peace Corp mission in the Dominican Republic. She came on-air to explain.

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