Colleges and Education

February 24, 2015

What is the future role of #colleges and education in general in this century? How we learn should be constantly evolving but is it?  Every year we spend more money on education in this country but are things improving? Listen in as Andy Spano - a former educator - and his co-hosts Norm Jacknis and Tom Creel discuss their theory that we should be operating within a model of "competency-based learning" whereby we place the value on learning rather than the institutions of learning and separate the learning from the testing - the opposite of what has been mandated with the initiation of #Common Core. All this and more on this episode of #"Wow! I Didn't Know That."
Originally aired on 10/13/2014.

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Political Debates

February 17, 2015

Political #debates between candidates -- are they of any value? Former Westchester County NY Executive Andy Spano thinks not. Listen in to this edition of #"Wow! I Didn't Know That" to hear Andy and his co-hosts Norm Jacknis and Tom Creel further discuss whether political debates have become just another source of entertainment or whether they actually give the audience an accurate picture of the candidates' views on the issues. Are the issues devalued during #candidate debates - sound bites and empty promises? Even if a candidate is well-versed in an issue or policy, he/she most often isn't given the time to accurately demonstrate his/her knowledge therefore we only get a shallow look at those running for office. Should we do away with debates altogether? Follow us on Twitter @idkt to weigh in on the conversation.
Originally aired on 10/13/2014

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Voting

February 13, 2015

#Voting in America: why the apathy? People don't see the importance of voting and year by year more and more Americans are staying away from the polls. What is the cause? And is there a solution? Former Westchester County NY Executive Andy Spano and his co-hosts Norm Jacknis and Tom Creel look at whether actual changes in the way we vote would help increase voter turnout. Suggestions include mail-in ballots, online voting and making Election Day a national holiday. Tune in to this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" to learn about the media's role in American voting patterns and whether this voter apathy is affecting the types of candidates and ultimately governments we have in the U.S. Follow us on Twitter @idkt for more information.
Originally aired 10/6/14

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Marijuana Legalization

February 13, 2015

#Legalizing marijuana - has the time come? Colorado, Washington State - is the District of Columbia next? And what does this mean when marijuana is legal in the nation's capital but illegal in many other states? Can we compare legalization to the end of Prohibition and should we lump "pot" into the regulation morass like alcohol and tobacco? Public opinion on the subject is split down the middle and the ultimate decision on #decriminalizing and/or #legalizing marijuana is up to the states which carries with it its own set of problems. What is the government's role in personal behavior? Tune in to this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That with Andy Spano" for more on this provocative subject. Follow us on Twitter @idkt.
Originally aired 10/6/14

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Globalization

February 13, 2015

Is #globalization increasing or decreasing? In the U.S. it seems to be waning in one sense while increasing in another. Listen in to this episode of "WIDKT" as co-hosts Andy Spano, Tom Creel and Norm Jacknis give examples such as more focus on "locally-grown food" while simultaneously increasing global, corporate farming. Are Americans local and global at the same time? - our ideas and the sharing of them are becoming more global but our products more local. We are becoming increasingly dependent on global technology and losing skills in the meantime. This seeming contradiction confirms Andy's theory that the world is becoming increasingly complicated and we need to change how we look at things. Follow us on Twitter @idkt to weigh in.

Originally aired 9/29/14

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3D Printing and Robots

February 13, 2015

Is government ready for #3D printing, robots and other technology developments? Are the rest of us ready? #3D printing is really taking off and with this new technological capability comes plenty of issues including legal and moral ones. The relatively new use of metal and plastic instead of ink in copy machines has enabled people to copy things once thought impossible including weapons and automobiles. Given that 3D printers are relatively inexpensive, the likelihood of them becoming commonplace is growing - you can even find 3D printers in public libraries! But is our society and government ready to tackle things such as copyright infringement, intellectual property laws and transporting 3D images across borders? Are we getting ahead of ourselves and how do we adequately prepare for the fast-paced changes we're facing? Tune into this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" to hear what Andy, Norm and Tom have to say about 3D printing. Follow us on Twitter to weigh in.

Originally aired 9/29/14

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Marriage

January 30, 2015

#Marriage as an institution - why have it at all? Gay Americans are fighting for the right to legally marry so that they may be afforded the same legal rights and benefits as heterosexual married couples. But why do married people get special benefits in the first place? And why do people get worked up about protecting the institution of marriage anyway? Many people look at marriage in the traditional sense - one man, one woman - but with an increase in the states allowing #gay marriage, isn't it time that the institution evolved? In this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" former Westchester County NY Executive Andy Spano and his co-hosts Norm Jacknis and Tom Creel take a look at #marriage. Follow us on Twitter @idkt for more on the subject.
Broadcast 9/22/14

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Corporations

January 30, 2015

Legally, #corporations are people.  So can #people be corporations?  Andy, Norm and Tom explore where all this is going in this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That." Since legally corporations have been categorized as people then shouldn't the converse be true? And if so shouldn't people legally demand all the benefits that corporations currently enjoy such as living in one place but becoming a citizen elsewhere to avoid paying taxes? Or maybe people should incorporate themselves and therefore not be held personally responsible for wrongdoing. In the future human rights could be characterized as giving every individual the rights of a corporation. Sound preposterous? Then why is it acceptable that corporations be legally considered people? Follow us on Twitter @idkt to give us your thoughts on this controversial issue.

Broadcast 9/22/14

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Future Technology and Future Life

January 30, 2015

How will 21st century #technology affect #21st century life? In the age of #"ubiquitous computing" technology is moving so rapidly sometimes we feel we can't keep up, that we're living out a science fiction story from our youth. In fact a lot of science fiction has come to fruition in the past ten years. #Mobile technology has become as big a part of our lives as the telephone and television once were. We now have #driver-less cars and we sport #wearable computing devices such as fit-bits. Medical implants are saving and prolonging lives daily. The advances made via technology in the areas of healthcare, transportation, education and business are too numerous to keep track of. But are we moving too fast? Can this technology be used in negative ways that we are not prepared for - for example medical implants being used as human tracking devices? Tune into this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" with Andy Spano, Tom Creel and Norm Jacknis to hear more. Follow us on Twitter @idkt.
Broadcast September 15, 2014

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New Amsterdam USA

January 30, 2015

The history of New York under the Dutch and why it's important to us today.

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