19 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.

The Ethical Life Scott Rada and Richard Kyte

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 14 Ratings

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.

    What's our moral responsibility to migrants?

    What's our moral responsibility to migrants?

    Episode 57: As Republican governors ramp up their high-profile transports of migrants to Democratic-run jurisdictions, The Associated Press reports that the practice is getting a mixed reaction from Christian faith leaders — many of whom, especially evangelicals, have supported GOP candidates by large numbers in recent elections.

    Hosts Rick Kyte and Scott Rada debate the causes of the crisis at the border and what can be done to help fix this long-term problem.

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:

    The Martha’s Vineyard migrant stunt Is making one truth about this country clear, by Farah Stockman, The New York Times

    The border crisis could still be Biden’s opportunity, by Bret Stephens, The New York Times

    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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    • 42 min
    Are 'accidents' often predictable, preventable events?

    Are 'accidents' often predictable, preventable events?

    Episode 56: Last month Abigail Weinberg interviewed Jessie Singer for Mother Jones magazine. They talked about a book Singer wrote earlier this year titled “There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster — Who Profits and Who Pays the Price.

    Hosts Rick Kyte and Scott Rada discuss how harm reduction can make the world a safer place.

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:

    Unintentional injury in the U.S. statistics and facts, by Statista

    A surge in vehicle crashes is disproportionately harming lower-income families and Black Americans, by David Leonhardt of the New York Times

    Newsom vetoes bill proposing safe drug injection sites in California, by Cheri Mossburg, CNN

    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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    • 35 min
    How important is a candidate's health when deciding how to vote?

    How important is a candidate's health when deciding how to vote?

    Episode 55: We are weeks away from elections that could affect control of Congress, along with the political futures of states across this nation. Some issues — such as differences on tax policy or school budgets — are relatively easy to discuss, but when the topic turns to the health of one of the candidates, things quickly get tricky.

    Rick Kyte and Scott Rada discuss how much voters should know about the health of the candidates who appear on the ballot, and what’s the ethical way for a challenger to bring up the medical challenges facing an opponent?

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:

    John Fetterman has lingering speech issues after his stroke. What's the impact on his Senate run?, by Julia Terruso, The Philadelphia Inquirer

    A worrying phone call adds to concerns about Sen. Dianne Feinstein's cognitive health, by Amina Kilpatrick, National Public Radio

    Most Americans want maximum age limit for elected officials, WDAF-TV

    A politician’s mental health is as crucial as a pilot’s. Why don’t we tend to it?,  Ashley Weinberg, The Washington Post

    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.

    • 41 min
    Why do we feel so lonely in such an interconnected world?

    Why do we feel so lonely in such an interconnected world?

    Episode 54: Last month David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a column headlined “Why your social life is not what it should be.” Hosts Rick Kyte and Scott Rada discuss how technology, which is designed to bring people together, often keeps us apart.

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:

    The Big Sort, by Bill Bishop

    Seven key takeaways from Raj Chetty’s new research on friendship and economic mobility, by Richard V. Reeves and Coura Fall, The Brookings Institute

    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.

    • 47 min
    Is student loan forgiveness program helping the right people?

    Is student loan forgiveness program helping the right people?

    Episode 53: President Joe Biden said his administration plans to forgive up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for anyone who earns less than $125,000 a year. People who went to college on Pell grants can have up to $20,000 forgiven. Hosts Rick Kyte and Scott Rada debate this significant and expensive policy, and what it means about fairness and the structural funding problems in higher education.

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:

    The moral failure of student debt relief, by Richard Kyte, The Ethical Life

    Analysis: Biden's student loan forgiveness may erase savings of climate, drugs law, by David Lawder, Reuters

    Student loan cancellation: Congress proposes 0% interest rates for student loans, Zack Friedman, Forbes

    Who owes the most in student loans: New data from the Fed, Sandy Baum and Adam Looney, Brookings Institute

    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.

    • 42 min
    Does remote work benefit both employers and employees?

    Does remote work benefit both employers and employees?

    Episode 52: Although the worst of the pandemic seems to be behind us, most people agree that remote work — at least for some employees — is here to stay. Rick Kyte and Scott Rada discuss the benefits and challenges associated with this fundamental change in how we do our jobs, along with some of the long-term consequences.

    Links to stories discussed during the podcast:

    Statistics on remote workers that will surprise you, by Apollo Technical

    Study finds productivity not deterred by shift to remote work, by Roy Maurer, SHRM

    The rise of the worker productivity score, by Jodi Kantor and Arya Sundaram, New York Times

    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.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

GraceOM ,

Light on ethics - immigrants.

It’s shallow on the politics. Nothing more than headlines.
What is lacking is the ethical dimension.

These questions are not addressed:

what is the moral argument for treating immigrants - the Other?
Then what is international law regarding refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers?
What are the arguments from our founding documents about immigrants?
What do the major religions say about what obligations we have to the Other?

This was a shallow back and forth on superficial politics. This is not a discussion of ethics. Nothing of any depth.
Real disappointment. Delete

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