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When Experts Attack

When Experts Attack #29: Your politics might help you get the job, or not

The next time you go for a job interview, you might want to ditch the Che Guevara shirt or the MAGA hat — because what you reveal about your political leanings could determine if you land the gig. Our guest this episode is Jill Ellingson, the Dana Anderson Professor of Management at the University of Kansas School of Business.

When Experts Attack #28: The US just elected the first woman vice president. But media coverage is still sexist.

Guest Teri Finneman, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, recounts the problematic history of media covering women in U.S. politics from Victoria Woodhull, a.k.a “Mrs. Satan,” in 1872 to recent coverage of Kamala Harris’ shoes.

When Experts Attack! #27: The COVID-19 vaccines are revolutionary

Molecular biologist and coronavirus researcher Anthony Fehr discuss the rollout of the new vaccines and what’s understood about COVID transmission at this point. He also says the coronavirus variant that’s prevalent in the U.S. might be more easily spread, accounting for at least some of our higher rates of infection and death than seen in other countries.

When Experts Attack #25: Are ‘essential workers’ treated like performers in the porn industry?

Could the social and economic pressures faced by essential workers during the current pandemic be similar to those faced by women in the porn industry? Guest Akiko Takeyama, author and associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies, says in both the pandemic and porn, economic and structural issues make it hard for workers to say no.

When Experts Attack #24: Libraries are better than search engines

The pandemic has changed how we use libraries. So has the internet. So what? Libraries have been evolving for 4,000 years in how they store and create knowledge. And libraries aren’t just the place where you find information — they lead the drive for creating and sharing knowledge with people all over the world.  

When Experts Attack #22: Witches are dangerous because they don’t need men

For Jane Barnette, Halloween is a thrilling time of year. In this episode, the Associate Professor of Theatre talks about her research into the portrayal of witches on stage and screen, and she challenges widespread notions that gave rise to fictional witches such as the Wicked Witch of the West. In part, Barnette’s perspective is based on her own practice of witchcraft.

When Experts Attack! #21: “Gun owners don’t really want to use their guns”

Margaret Kelley is interested in firearms, and why people own them. In this episode, the University of Kansas researcher tells our own Jon Niccum it’s not just the fear of violence or belief in constitutional rights that provide Americans with reasons to own guns. Concerns about Armageddon and “supernatural evil” also enter into people’s decision-making. Kelley’s research is part of a larger book project about “normal people using normal guns,” specifically focusing on the average woman gun owner in middle America. 

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