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RadioActive—Duobus: The Legalization of Gay Marriage and Marijuana on the Court System.

By Michael Matthiesen | April 7th, 2014 |

In most U.S States litigation and legislation is being decided on the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. Two issues many would debate are the civil rights issues of the modern day. However, in a post legalized world — how will our court systems be effected? Former Chief Judge Joel H. Brown for the 11th Circuit Court came on-air to explain.

RadioActive—Ukrainian Undertones: Media Behavior while covering the 2014 Crimean Crisis

By Michael Matthiesen | March 31st, 2014 |

Russian boots occupied Crimea on February 23rd and the 24 hour news cycle has blitzed. Yet Western and Russian versions of the story are vastly different. To one, this is democracy vs. authoritarianism — an old western battle cry. On the other side, Russians are hearing that this is a fight to defend ethnic brothers from fascism. Media behavior has been peculiar, why isn’t either side covering the whole story? Luke Parra joined us on-air to explain.

RadioActive—Overtown Oasis: The YWCA and Health in the Hood Partnership

By Michael Matthiesen | March 26th, 2014 |

In 2012 The Florida Health Department published a study reporting that 250,000 Miami-Dade residents living in low-income neighborhoods have poor supermarket access and have higher then average death rates from diet-related diseases. For known food desert areas like Overtown, creating community urban gardens are a way to change that — and that’s just what the YWCA and Health in the Hood are trying to do.

RadioActive—Community Well-Being: Socialize or Social-Lies?

By Michael Matthiesen | March 17th, 2014 |

UM’s Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Prilleltensky, has taught in class that for the last century we have been told four lies about how to promote community well-being: that the medical system will promote health, that experts know best, that we must focus on pathology instead of people’s strengths, and that treating individuals one at a time will improve society. Prilleltensky proposes four remedies to these sins: Strength, Prevention, Empowerment, and Community Change.

RadioActive—Carbicide: The Cost of the Obesity Epidemic in the 21st Century

By Michael Matthiesen | March 10th, 2014 |

Americans associate the skyrocketing cost of healthcare with the aging baby boomer population. In reality the cost of healthcare is ascending because of the chronic disease epidemic in the United States — especially among American millennials. Diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and hypertension contribute more to healthcare costs then onetime expensive cures. What can millennials do now to lower future healthcare costs? Robert Knewitz explained:

RadioActive—Engulfed: The Mississippi River’s role in the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill

By Michael Matthiesen | February 17th, 2014 |

Though the BP Oil Spill was long ago the effects on the economy of the US States along the Gulf Coast are still being felt today. Americans are still surprised at the mass ramifications of the spill. Dr. Villy Kourafalou joined us on air to explain more about the future of the spill.

RadioActive—Quiet: How Weak Nonverbal Communication Skills in Babies Can Signal Autism

By Michael Matthiesen | February 10th, 2014 |

Autism has been gathering attention over the past couple years as initiatives to assist in the fight against autism begin to become more popular. For many parents who have kids with autism, the best case scenario is to catch it early. University of Miami psychologist Dr. David Messinger is developing ways to predict the occurrence of ASD in high-risk children early in life in hopes that early intervention will lead to better outcomes in the future.


RadioActive—Frankenstein: Transhumanism, the post human, and Medical Ethics in Human Evolution

By Michael Matthiesen | January 29th, 2014 |

Transhumanism has a goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition to a “post-human” state by developing technologies that ehance human capacities. Inspired by superheros such an Iron Man and Superman — Transhumanist theorists say that we have the capability to excellerate human evolution, but would it be ethical? Nikhil Delahaye and Medical Student Gaurav Dihman will be on-air to discuss.

RadioActive—Backlogged: Changing the Miami-Dade County Family Court System

By Michael Matthiesen | January 20th, 2014 |

As a court of first and last resort — the family court system in Miami-Dade County is over burdened. When the United States has a 34% divorce rate — funding and time becomes an issue for the courts when handeling topics like domestic violence, timesharing, and child support. Former Chief Judge Joel H. Brown for the 11th Circuit Court will speak on-air about the problems the family court system faces, and what can be done to solve them.

RadioActive—A Game of Chicken: The World of Prediction Markets

By Michael Matthiesen | January 13th, 2014 |

Florida during Hurricane season relies on prediction markets. The safety of Floridians and their livelihood depend on it. If a prediction is wrong, it could mean dire consequences. In 1992, forecasters didn’t predict that Hurricane Andrew would hit South Florida. But have you ever thought about how prediction markets work? Private sector vs. Government predictions, and the economics behind it? UM Business School’s Dr. David Kelly will be on Sunday to explain.

Dr. David L. Kelly is a professor of economics and the director of economics graduate studies at the University of Miami. He was chair of the economics department from 2005-8 and has formerly held positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Carnegie Mellon University. He has published widely on liquidity in financial markets, prediction markets, economic growth and the environment, the economics of climate change, and the design of regulation. His research has been funded by NSF, DOE, and other federal agencies and has been featured on NPR Marketplace, Discovery Channel, Bloomberg, and AP. He is a member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the American Economics Association.

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