The Evidence is Clear: The Science Behind Media Violence

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In this episode Dr. Ryan Martin conducts a special interview with Dr. Craig Anderson, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University. The two discuss the massive body of research on violent media.

Episode Guest: Dr. Craig Anderson

craig andersonDr. Anderson is widely considered a leading scholar on the psychology of aggression. His research in recent years has focused on media violence effects, especially violent video games. His aggression research has appeared in all of the top psychology journals, including the top public policy journal. He is currently funded by multiple grants from CDC and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). His work has had a major impact on public policy at local, state, national and international levels.

Society Prepares the Crime: Capitalism and Violence

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In this episode, Drs. Ryan Martin and Chuck Rybak, talk with Sociologist, Dr. Andrew Austin, about the complicated relationship between capitalism and violence.

Episode Guest: Dr. Andrew Austin

andrew austinAndrew Austin is Associate Professor and Chair of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He teaches courses in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Sociology. His areas of teaching and research are crime and justice issues, political economy, and race and ethnic relations.

Combat Their Negative Tendencies: Free Will, Anger, and Aggression

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In this episode, to start off the semester, Ryan and Chuck talk with Philosopher, Dr. Christopher Martin about what determinism is, how it is different from free will, and much more.

Episode Guest: Dr. Christopher Martin

christopher-martinDr. Christopher Martin teaches a wide range of classes, but particularly enjoys courses helping students to ask and investigate deep questions about the nature of reality, identity, free will, and science. He specializes in the ‘rationalist’ perspective in early-modern philosophy (roughly, philosophy between 1650-1770 or so). He is currently working on an account of the reality of particulars (things like you and I) in Spinoza (an early modern rationalist). In addition to courses and work in early modern rationalism, he enjoys exploring the intersection of morality and the environment–the central topic of his Environmental Ethics course. When he is not hard at work on philosophy or helping students sharpen their rational capacities, he is likely enjoying traveling and the outdoors. He loves to combine the two and especially enjoys kayaking.