Season 1

Brain Bashing in High School Sports

Be it in baseball, football, basketball or other sports, many young people suffer serious head injuries. These athletes are often reluctant to stay out of the action, at their own risk. Recently, new technology has been introduced in bats and helmets to make play safer. But even with these improvements, parents, players, coaches and athletic trainers need to know when to call it quits.

Roundtable guests:
SJSU head football athletic trainer Hishasi Imura
Kinesiology professor and athletic trainer Holly Brown
De Anza College Football Coach Tony Santos
Lincoln High School basketball player Kenneth Savage

Rail without Riches

Voters approved the California High Speed Rail system in 2008, but now some are having second thoughts. People object to the costs and are casting doubt on the projected ridership. Many residents along the San Francisco Peninsula claim the configuration of the tracks will ruin their property values. Yet, supporters say it’s a smart, green investment that will pay dividends in years to come.

Reporter: Ryan Kern
Roundtable guests:
Former CA High Speed Rail board member Rod Diridon
San Jose City Councilmember Sam Liccardo
Environmental Attorney Gary Patton
Anti-­rail activist Martin Engel of Menlo Park

Degree or Disagree

Is a college education as important as it used to be? Some people are able to bypass a four-­year university and find their own path to success. Others turn to trade schools in search of employment in this lagging economy. Beyond dollars and cents, still others argue that college education has a value that can’t be calculated. Guests include career counselors, representatives for the trades and college professors.

Reporter: Jean Walker
Roundtable guests:
SJSU Career Center Director Cheryl Allmen-­Vinnedge
SJSU Director of Pre-­College Programs Charlotte Ratzlaff
Health care communications manager Darcie Green
Deputy Executive Officer Josué García of the Building and Trades Council
 

Political Correctness

Words can heal and words can hurt, and sometimes the dividing line is not clearly defined. Who can say the “n” word to whom? Equal Time examines several instances where people have been offended while others call it innocent fun.

Reporter: Diane Guerrazzi
Roundtable guests:
SJSU Communications Studies Professor Marquita Byrd
SJSU Lingustics Professor Stefan Frazier
Rapper Aaron Cooper
SJSU Media Law Professor Larry Sokoloff, an attorney

Dangerous Dogs

Most dogs are friendly and fall into the category of man’s best friend.  But when dogs attack, they become a community problem.   Insurance companies and city ordinances come into play.  Reporter Kassandra Pena looks at a recent attack in San Jose and asks whether current ordinances are enough to prevent future incidents.   The show features two dog bite victims, an animal control officer, insurance expert and dog groomer.  Are certain types of dogs inherently dangerous, or is it their owners who are to blame?

Rich Valley, Poor Resources

The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations. In Silicon Valley, rich with high tech innovation, we take a look at everyday people who have found themselves living in poverty, as well as people who are doing their best to lend a helping hand.   Equal Time sat down with 3 different people all struggling with poverty. Reporter Marianne Mendezona talks to sociologists, coordinators of soup kitchens, day labor centers, and a pastor about what they are doing to help.  In these days of government cutbacks, private assistance is more important than ever.

Teasing through Technology

Bullying has been around in school yards as long as we can remember, but the severity of it is becoming a great issue as it transitions into the cyber realm.  Cyber bullying now affects more than half of all teenagers through the web, cell phones, and chat rooms and has even resulted in youth suicides. As the community is getting involved, victims, parents, school and law enforcement are all playing a major role in addressing this issue. The question now is how to prevent the repercussions of youth’s behaviors and teach them how to be responsible digital citizens.  Reporter Fernanda Lopez interviews a mother who nearly lost her daughter to a cyber bully.

Juveniles in Jail

What to do with minors in the justice system is an ongoing debate. Some people believe for the most serious crimes, minors should be sent to adult prison and serve hard time. Others say that rehabilitation is the fair way to go. This week’s episode of Equal Time focuses on the structure of the youth justice system, as well as what community groups can do to help solve the problem.  Reporter Ejere Elekwachi speaks with a former juvenile offender, counselors, experts in justice studies and child development, as well as coordinators of special programs in the Bay Area aimed at reducing youth crime.

Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship has seen a rapid decline in the stands throughout the years in competitive sports. In light of the Bryan Stow incident in Los Angeles, the problems and issues affiliated with its downfall are being displayed on a national scale. Reporter Ryan Kern speaks with the San Francisco Giants, along with former NCAA coaches, athletes and sports broadcasters about how this issue has come to be and the possible solutions to fixing it.

Immigrant Labor

Society needs a labor force. On this episode of Equal Time reporter Jonathan Halvorson takes a look at immigrant labor in the two different regions of the world.   The United Arab Emirates has some of the most beautiful cities built on the back of immigrants from Asia.  California produces fruits and vegetables picked by migrant farm workers.  We take a look at the treatment and discuss what is fair, humane and right for the immigrant laborers in these two places.

A Penny Saved

With jobs difficult to find and costs rising, saving money is the last thing on the minds of many young people.  Equal Time examines how three college students are spending their money.  Reporter Marianne Mendezona asks financial experts for advice in economizing on everyday expenses and investing what money can be saved.  Investment counselors reveal just how much money needs to be saved once a person retires, in order for that senior to live comfortably.

Too Much Twitter

This week on Equal Time, reporter Keith Bryant will explore how the universe of social media is affecting our society. In a world of tweets and status updates, social media is revolutionizing the way we receive information. Since explosion of social media during the 21st century, it has created thousands of jobs for people to apply. In this age of fast and instantaneous communication, landing a career with 140 characters or less may harder than you think. On the other side, we take look on how social media is affecting the human brain and decisions. Playing with our smart phones and apps may have an unwanted side effect that you might never expect.

Hidden Disabilities

Finding a job is difficult enough, but for people with disabilities, it can be even tougher. So, someone with a disability that is not outwardly apparent may be tempted to not reveal the problem to a perspective employer. Equal Time examines whether ethics and the law require people with disabilities to disclose their conditions before they are hired. Featured on this edition of Equal Time are people with disabilities, employment officials, disabilities rights advocates and legal experts

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