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How does arts and humanities impact our everyday living? American Public University brings you The Everyday Scholar, a podcast featuring conversations with experts about the importance of cultural awareness and exposure, how skills from the arts and humanities can assist career progression, and a lot more. To learn more, visit StudyatAPU.com. 

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How does arts and humanities impact our everyday living? American Public University brings you The Everyday Scholar, a podcast featuring conversations with experts about the importance of cultural awareness and exposure, how skills from the arts and humanities can assist career progression, and a lot more. To learn more, visit StudyatAPU.com. 

    How Moral Relativism Explains Societal Behaviors | EP52

    How Moral Relativism Explains Societal Behaviors | EP52

    Are there truly any absolute and universal morals? In this episode, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to philosophy professor James Lendvay about moral relativism, the view that what people consider to be right and wrong depends on their own perspective or their cultural influences. If people just believe what they want to believe, how does that contribute to today’s divisive social environment? Can progress be made to find common ground?
     
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    • 32 min
    The Ethics of Batman: Lessons for the Modern World | EP51

    The Ethics of Batman: Lessons for the Modern World | EP51

    The goals, ideals, and principles of Batman changes during the different cinematic depictions of the character. What do these movies tell us about our own moral compass and how ethics and justice have changed over time? In this episode, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to APU philosophy professor Trey Jackson about how Batman's conflict with villains represents real-life philosophical conflicts about the pursuit of justice. What lessons does Batman teach us about apathy, corruption, anonymity, and how to bring about moral change?
     
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    Writing Habits and Skills for Aspiring Authors | EP50

    Writing Habits and Skills for Aspiring Authors | EP50

    Writing a fantasy book series requires the author to spend endless hours developing the world in which unique and complex characters live and interact with one another. In this episode, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to APU professor and author Dr. Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson, who has published 10 books, about her writing process and tips for aspiring writers. Learn about her brainstorming process and where she finds sources of inspiration for her themes, characters, and urban fantasy settings. Also learn why she writes multiple stories at once, why she uses character sheets to help track her characters’ interactions, and all the research involved in ensuring these magical worlds are complete and engrossing for the reader.
     
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    • 31 min
    Why So Many Managers Resisted the Shift to Remote Work | EP49

    Why So Many Managers Resisted the Shift to Remote Work | EP49

    Before 2020, many leaders thought working from home wasn’t a feasible business model, but the COVID-19 pandemic proved otherwise. In this episode, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to Dr. Marie Gould Harper, Dean of APU’s School of Business, about how leaders and employees responded to this forced change. Learn why managers were often the ones resisting the most, how working from home highlighted a generational divide, and why success depends on everyone knowing their own strengths and weaknesses as a remote employee.
     
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    • 34 min
    Executive Leadership Training Improves Communication, Active Listening Skills | EP48

    Executive Leadership Training Improves Communication, Active Listening Skills | EP48

    The transition from one level of leadership to the next can bring a lot of uncertainty and insecurities. In this episode, APU’s Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to Alexa Chilcutt about her experience teaching executive leadership education at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Learn about three basic communication competencies for executive leaders to help them convey their authentic selves that inspire those they manage and oversee.
     
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    • 31 min
    Why Do You Believe What You Believe? Steps towards Healing Divisions | EP47

    Why Do You Believe What You Believe? Steps towards Healing Divisions | EP47

    Political and social issues have seemingly created a polarizing divide among people who adamantly profess their beliefs and often adamantly protest against anyone who disagrees. But are our divisions really so wide? In this episode, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to APU philosophy professor Steven Schultz about the fact that people rarely examine why they believe what they believe. Learn the difference between having an informed position versus a personal opinion and why it’s so important for people to assess their own biases and worldviews so they can critically examine the evidence and reasoning behind their beliefs. Also learn how to find common ground with people who have different beliefs in order to have a constructive, intellectually honest, and open conversation. 
     
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