THINK! America – Weekend of Oct. 14, 2017 – Show #2

Topics - October 14, 2017 - Show #2. Guest: Richard Chamberlain, Top Chef and 5 Star Restaurateur.

Topics & Guest – October 14, 2017 – Show #2

The gun laws of Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco are tougher than those in Chicago. Yet, Chicago has far more gun killings. Why? The Chicago Tribune ran an article explaining that because of street gangs and drug operations, firearms (mostly handguns) are often purchased at private gun shows in neighboring states and at gun shop in Southern states which have more relaxed gun laws. Those firearms are then sold on Chicago streets at a premium. With this reasoning, would there be fewer deaths by guns if the neighboring states, and Southern states had stricter gun control laws?

Australian academics in the field of physics are claiming that there may be a reason boys understand physics sooner than girls, and even better than girls. They hypothesize that boys’ urination style—targeting, aiming, and projecting distances, provides them early opportunities to think in ways that are physics-related, unlike girls. Plus, boys often engage in ‘”urination games” with each other, which practices their physics-related thought. Really?

Interview: Richard Chamberlain, Top Chef and 5 Star Restaurateur. Topic: The psychology of gratuity. What motivates someone to tip more or less when they have no continuing relationship with the server? In short, why do we tip the way we do?

A political organization in VA (mainly consisting of young people) used FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) to get student contact information from VA public colleges and universities. Some of the organizers got cell phone numbers, permanent phone numbers, email and home addresses from 18 of 39 schools, equaling about 40,000 students. Mass texts were sent to students at James Madison University asking if they needed information on registering to vote locally and offering them information on their preferred candidate. All legal, but is it ethical?

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