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When Experts Attack

When Experts Attack! #20: U.S. emergency rooms aren’t ready

When you’re racing to a hospital emergency room, you’re not thinking about all of the steps it took to make that ER available in a moment of need. But for the past two decades, our guest Frank Zilm has been doing just that. He chats with “When Experts Attack!” correspondent Rick Hellman and dispels the notion that our health systems are prepared for surge events like our current pandemic. To the contrary, Zilm claims hospitals should be rebuilt from scratch to avoid disaster upon disaster.

When Experts Attack! #18: LGBTQ rights won’t lead to frivolous lawsuits

Recently, the United States Supreme Court deemed it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees for sexual orientation or transgender status. In this episode, Kyle Velte, associate professor of law, explains why the SCOTUS ruling is a “landmark case that will transform the American workplace.” She also recounts her own experiences at the Supreme Court and tells us how the highest court in the land conducts its business in the age of COVID-19.

When Experts Attack #17: The President doesn’t sound presidential

Bragging, complaining, criticizing. Donald Trump’s rhetoric is a drastic departure from that of past US presidents. In this episode, “When Experts Attack!” correspondent Rick Hellman speaks with guest Robert Rowland about Trump’s rhetorical departure and what it means for the 2020 election cycle.

When Experts Attack #16: Over-policing creates crime

Many people underestimate just how much contact African-Americans and other communities of color have had with the criminal-justice system. We see news about protests now and some think it’s only a result of George Floyd’s murder or other recent examples police brutality, but in fact frustration has been building for decades. For individuals and families of color, carceral contact has long-lasting effects well after a traffic stop, arrest, conviction or prison sentence ends.

When Experts Attack! #15 — We might be stuck with the Electoral College

Even though two of the last three U.S. presidents were elected without earning the popular vote, the Electoral College still remains the method used for picking our national leader. Guest Paul Schumaker has written a book that details a strategy for replacing this antiquated system.

When Experts Attack #14: What we can learn from Coronavirus closing schools

 What are people getting wrong about coronavirus closing schools? Several things. You can’t just assume you can put a child in front of a computer and they will learn. Similarly, some students who don’t normally do well in school may do better in a new environment. Also, social and socioeconomic backgrounds of a student have always been important, but they are especially crucial now.

When Experts Attack! #13 — Coronavirus was not engineered in a lab

We have another chat with Anthony Fehr, a molecular bioscientist who develops therapeutics to fight coronavirus. The last time we spoke with Fehr, it was before human-to-human transmission was confirmed, before the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, before we all started living under stay at home orders. So much has changed in the interim — we wanted to talk again with the coronavirus researcher to find out what he’s thinking.

When Experts Attack! #12 — You can avoid depression in a pandemic, Part 2

In the second part of our discussion with KU associate professor of psychology Stephen Ilardi, he advises how we can continue therapy remotely, maintain healthy relationships under quarantine and look to help other people so that we uphold our own psychological health in the era of COVID-19.

When Experts Attack! #11 — You can avoid depression in a pandemic, Part 1

In this episode, Stephen Ilardi, associate professor of psychology at the University of Kansas, discusses his six steps to beat depression without drugs and how we can apply them during the coronavirus pandemic. He tells us to consume omega-3 fats, avoid rumination, get exercise, take in the sun, stay socially connected and sleep well.

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