Aired: March 7, 2015

The Madam Next Door

Photo courtesy Dick Caron

  • The Madam Next Door (16 min.)

    With: Heather Branstetter, Virginia Military Institute

    There’s a small town in Idaho where prostitution was practiced openly—in effect, decriminalized. The practice was tolerated, even embraced, until 1991. Branstetter has been interviewing local residents, discovering who the madams were and what they did to cultivate widespread public acceptance of their work.

  • Evaluating Workplace Incivility (11 min.)

    With: Dan Davidson and Danylle Kunkel, Radford University

    If you’ve ever had a coworker write nasty or demeaning emails, undermine your credibility, or give you the silent treatment, you’ve experienced workplace incivility. We look at how it affects the bottom line and whether it should be included in performance reviews.

  • Imagining a Scientist Part 1 (4 min.)

    As part of our ongoing series about STEM education, we ask: what does a scientist look like? Short, tall, black, brown, male or female?

  • The Double Bind (8 min.)

    With: Shirley Malcom, American Association for the Advancement of Science

    We discuss why women and minorities continue to face barriers to entering STEM fields.

  • Women Engineers (4 min.)

    With: Laura Puaca, Christopher Newport University

    We also hear about what might be keeping American girls out of laboratories and the WWII history of Edna the Engineer.

  • Imagining a Scientist Part 2 (7 min.)

    With: William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science

    In 2009, fewer than 2% of physical science degrees—like physics and chemistry—went to African-Americans. Considering African-Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population, these numbers are shockingly low. And they’re getting even lower.  We talk to four young scientists about their outreach project.