21 episodes

Scott Rada, Lee Enterprises social media manager, and Richard Kyte, director of the Ethics Institute at Viterbo University, talk about the intersection of ethics and modern life.

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Scott Rada, Lee Enterprises social media manager, and Richard Kyte, director of the Ethics Institute at Viterbo University, talk about the intersection of ethics and modern life.

    Why are school board meetings latest front in culture war fight?

    Why are school board meetings latest front in culture war fight?

    Episode 21: Richard Kyte and Scott Rada discuss what's behind the anger and mayhem at many local governmental meetings in response to mask mandates. Next they talk about the troubling trend of more young men choosing not to attend college. And in the third segment, they debate whether students should be allowed to decide whether they need a mental health day away from school.

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:

    New York Times columnist Michelle Cottle writes about how many school board meetings are out of control.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that many young men are abandoning higher education.

    The New York Times says some states are now allowing K-12 students to declare a mental health day.

    About the hosts: Scott Rada is social media manager with Lee Enterprises, and Richard Kyte is the director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.

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    • 50 min
    What's our ethical responsibility to the people of Afghanistan?

    What's our ethical responsibility to the people of Afghanistan?

    Episode 20: Richard Kyte and Scott Rada discuss the moral responsibility we have to the people of Afghanistan after 20 years of war in their county. Next they talk about whether it’s appropriate to treat those who have been vaccinated from COVID differently than those who have chosen to get the shot. And in the third segment, they debate the ethics of gambling, which continues to see a rapid expansion across the country.

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:

    According to Axios, the Afghan refugee crisis is about to get much worse.

    A story by The Dispatch says many of the people who live near Fort McCoy, one of the resettlement sites for Afghan refugees, have a message of obligation and compassion.

    Adam Rogers writes in Wired Magazine about a discussion among some Texas health care workers about whether it’s ethical to treat those who have been vaccinated first.

    About the hosts: Scott Rada is social media manager with Lee Enterprises, and Richard Kyte is the director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How can we move from despair to action in climate change fight?

    How can we move from despair to action in climate change fight?

    Episode 19: Richard Kyte and Scott Rada discuss the recent report about the climate and what actions we can take to possibly avoid a catastrophe. Next, they talk about the compassion fatigue many health care providers are feeling as COVID cases spike yet again. And in the third segment, they debate whether homeowners hold opinions that are hurting the availability of affordable housing.

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:

     An analysis of the 3,500-page climate report by CNN.

    A column by Matt Yglesias about how ending poverty for millions is the biggest driver of climate change.

    A BBC report about radical solutions to climate change.

    An Atlantic story about compassion fatigue by health care providers.

    A story by Vox that says homeownership can bring out the worst in people.

    About the hosts: Scott Rada is social media manager with Lee Enterprises, and Richard Kyte is the director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Should more companies mandate vaccines for their workers?

    Should more companies mandate vaccines for their workers?

    Episode 18: Richard Kyte and Scott Rada talk about the recent spike in COVID cases and what more can be done to increase the number of people getting the vaccine. Also discussed is how the pandemic has contributed to job burnout among so many workers.

    The third segment looks at the unexpected withdrawal last week of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and why this – like so many things in our lives – quickly turned into such a polarizing debate.

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:
    A recent Vox article says we should mandate vaccines, not masks. Does this go too far? Are such mandates better handled by private companies?
    Why is the FDA seemingly slow to fully approve the vaccine, and how much of a difference would full approval actually make?
    According to a recent report by ABC News, burnout in the American workforce, which surveys indicate was a widespread problem even before the pandemic, is an issue that employers and managers can no longer afford to ignore.
    A column by James Boyd, who covers University of Illinois athletics for Lee Enterprises, says Biles is not a 'quitter,' and she doesn't owe her fans or her country anything.

    About the hosts: Scott Rada is social media manager with Lee Enterprises, and Richard Kyte is the director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 59 min
    Should we cheer the recent trips to space by billionaire businessmen?

    Should we cheer the recent trips to space by billionaire businessmen?

    Episode 17: Richard Kyte and Scott Rada talk about the recent trips to space by Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos. Are those expensive excursions an exciting way to show the promise of space tourism or are they simply vanity projects that ignore the more pressing needs back on Earth?

    The hosts also debate whether teens should be able to get vaccinated without their parents’ consent, and they discuss a recent study that shows how Americans have lost confidence in big institutions.

    John Thoe: Climate crisis: Ethics of space tourism

    Dr. Larissa Morgan:COVID-19 Vaccination of Minors Without Parental Consent

    Axios:Massive trust gap splits America

    Gallup:Americans' confidence in major U.S. institutions dips

    About the hosts: Scott Rada is social media manager with Lee Enterprises, and Richard Kyte is the director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Are advances in technology worth the significant societal cost?

    Are advances in technology worth the significant societal cost?

    Episode 16: Richard Kyte and Scott Rada discuss how advances in technology during the past 25 years have benefited us, the often unintended costs of these efficiencies and what the next 25 years might look like.

    About the hosts: Scott Rada is social media manager with Lee Enterprises, and Richard Kyte is the director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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