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1:04 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

CU on Diversity: we have more to learn

Apparently, we don't know it all when it comes to diversity.   The Fifth Annual Undergraduate Diversity Conference at the C.U. Boulder campus is Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.   James F. Walker, Ph.D., Co-chair, Diversity & Student Services Committee, and the Program for Writing & Rhetoric, visited with First Take to explain how diversity is often in the eye of the beholder.

"I don't think anybody feels like we're 'there' (regarding diversity on campus)," said Dr. Walker.  "The question is how do you create a campus and a climate that is continually improving."

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News
12:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Matchwits host Craig Eliot: kids are smarter

Carlos and Steve took a morning off from our usual Tuesday, 6:35 a.m. brain starter quiz questions by interviewing Craig Eliot, host of Colorado's statewide high school TV game show, "Matchwits" (Sundays, 6:30 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS).

"Their timing is unbelievable," notes Eliot.  Contestants have five seconds from the instant they fire the buzzer to answer the question or lose points.  "Yes,  they are intimidating.  The crew and I look at each other and wonder, what we were doing  when we were in school?!"

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News
10:29 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Wage theft a persistent problem for low-wage workers

The issue is wage exploitation of low-wage, temporary and casual workers, and Centro Humanitario, a Denver-based advocacy group is working to defend worker's rights.  Marco Nuñez, executive director of "El Centro" joined First Take with an update of their efforts.

"In the construction trades, we have a contractor who severely underbids a project," said Nuñez.  "When the job is complete, the employer will only pay a portion of the wages, and in some cases, not pay anything."

www.centrohumanitario.org

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Miles Electric
3:54 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Miles Electric: different kind of blue

In the 1960s, Miles Davis was probably the hippest cat on the planet. He personified cool elegance. Stylish in his Brooks Brothers suits, cruising Manhattan in his yellow Ferrari, one beautiful black woman or another on his arm. His theme song embodied a confident indifference to the straight world that so many jazz artists and fans admired and tried to emulate---So What! From Bebop to Hard Bop, to Cool, to Modal, from ages 19 to 40, he was instrumental in inventing all these new musical vocabularies.

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Valentines Brain
3:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Valentines Brain

KUVO's "jazz neuroscientist" Dr. Joan King breaks down what happens neurologically at this time of year (when love is in the air?).

"Our brains have been developed specifically for social connections," says Dr. King.   "That's why we have such a large frontal lobe."

Love is worth the risk, adds the doctor.  "You've gotta take the shot, because if you don't, you'll miss it."

An author and trainer, Joan King writes on "The Valentine Brain" at her blog and resource website, www.cellular-wisdom.com.

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