Ethics Professors

Up To Date
2:31 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ethics Professors: Giving Police The Benefit Of The Doubt

Police in riot gear in Ferguson, Missouri.
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  In the wake of grand juries not indicting the police officers involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and the choking death of Eric Garner in New York City, the actions of police officers are receiving intense public scrutiny. 

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors look at the question of whether police officers are too often given the benefit of the doubt. 


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5:53 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Ethics Professors: Right To Die, Ebola Quarantines, And Same-Sex Marriage

Brittany Maynard went public with her choice to end her life after being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
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A terminally-ill woman in Oregon chose to end her life last week, should she be allowed to make this choice? A nurse in Maine aggressively fought that state's strict Ebola quarantine, does the greater good trump individual rights? Courts throughout the country are grappling with same-sex marriage bans, are people entitled to marry?

On this edition of Up to Date, guest-host Jeremy Bernfeld and the Ethics Professors sift through these moral dilemmas and the questions they raise. 


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5:58 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Ethics Professors: Hacked Photos, Ferguson And Sexual Assault On Campuses

The streets of Ferguson, Mo in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.
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On this edition of Up to Date, the Ethics Professors join Steve Kraske to examine questions raised by recent events making the news. Has the digital theft of female celebrities’ photos changed how we look at victim and perpetrator?  In Ferguson, Missouri, was it right for outside influences to come on the scene and add rhetorical fuel to the fire?  How much involvement should a college or university have in investigating a sexual assault on campus?  Find out what the Professors, and listeners, had to say.

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11:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Ethics Professors Look At Malaysian Crash And Border Kids

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Pro-Russian rebels wouldn’t let anybody in to view the bodies of that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What’s to make of their actions?

In this country, thousands of “border children” streamed across the border in recent months. The crisis has raised questions about what’s the appropriate way to handle these kids.

On Wednesday's Up to Date Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors sort through the moral dilemmas presented by each of these events.

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9:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Ethics Professors: Crime And Punishment

The Ethics Professors return to talk about crime and punishment.
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With suspects in custody for both the highway and Jewish Community Center shootings, many communities in the metro area are waiting to see how justice will be served.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to mull over the ethical questions surrounding crime and punishment. We also look at the recent case of a man who was imprisoned 15 years after his sentencing due to a clerical error.

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3:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations?

UNOS works to advance organ availability and transplantation.
Credit United Network for Organ Sharing

In the Midwest, the supply of organs for patients who need transplants to live is relatively strong.  But, that’s not the case in many locations across the country.

Currently, donated organs are distributed through local and regional networks, but there is talk of changing that system to one that basically puts everyone on equal footing.

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Up to Date
10:42 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Ethics Professors: Purple Haze And Protests

The Ethics Professors discuss the implications of Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana.
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John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” is Colorado’s state song, and the marijuana legalization law that went into effect this year might be what the late musician had in mind.

On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to discuss the problems that surround marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law, but increasingly accepted in many states. Also on their slate is a look at anti-government protests in Ukraine and Thailand.


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10:51 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Ethics Professors: Don't Be Evil

How Google lives up to its 'Don't be evil' slogan is on the Ethics Professors' slate of topics on Up to Date.
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Google’s unofficial moral slogan is “Don’t be evil,” but some are questioning whether privacy and censorship concerns break that self-imposed creed.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to discuss slippery ethics surrounding Google’s well-meaning slogan, preemptive breast cancer surgery based on genetics and more.


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4:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Congressional Pay & Healthcare

The Ethics Professors tackle the issue of Congressional pay during a shutdown.
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When thousands of federal employees are being forced to go without a paycheck indefinitely because of inaction in Congress, is it really ethical for members of Congress to keep accepting their own paychecks?

On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors join us to discuss that and other issues of murky morals. Should we consider signing up for healthcare part of a civic duty to lower medical costs for everyone? And how should we set a limit when it comes to the cost and scope of treatment?


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11:28 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Ethics Between Nations

President Barack Obama meets with Members of Congress to discuss Syria in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Sept. 3, 2013.
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What if Congress turns down President Obama’s request for authorization to attack Syria? And what if the president proceeds anyway -- even though the American people are saying in polls that they oppose such a move? 

How ethical would that be?

Some might say that when it comes to matters of life and death, an American president ought to have the backing of Congress or the American people.

Then there’s this looming question of whether the U.S. and other nations should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The reason? Russia’s anti-gay laws.

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10:54 am
Thu May 23, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Political Scandals, Clothing Consciousness & Federal Fumbles


Would you pay more for an article of clothing if it meant the person who made it worked in safe factory conditions and earned a fair wage?

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11:47 am
Thu April 25, 2013

The Ethics Professors: College Sports, Parental Responsibility & Citizen Well-being

College basketball
Ben Stanfield

How much power is too much when it comes to the hallowed fields of college sports?

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10:19 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Ethics Professors: Love, Marriage, & Divorce

First comes love, then comes marriage…then for about 50 percent of us … it’s divorce.

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