The Moral Is

Sundays at 3:55 PM; Wednesdays at 7:55 PM

Our daily lives and the lives of those who influence events are confronted with problems and conflicts and with choices and resolutions. These are grist for moral discussions, and how we address those issues influences the course of events in our lives and in the world. The Moral Is presents contemporary issues and opinion in a thought provoking context, through commentaries written and read by faculty members from California State University Fresno. It is produced in partnership with the Bonner Center for Character Education at Fresno State. The Moral Is airs Sundays (at 3:55 pm) and Wednesdays (at 7:55 pm). The commentaries can also be heard during the program Valley Edition.

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The Moral Is
7:26 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Commentary: Apply Mandela's Vision Of Reconciliation To The Environment

Madhusudan Katti, Associate Professor of Biology, CSU Fresno
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Despite enduring a lifetime of oppression, Nelson Mandela transformed his nation by seeking reconciliation with his oppressors rather than retribution. In this week’s edition of The Moral Is, Fresno State Biology Professor Madhusudan Katti wonders whether the power of reconciliation as a moral principle might save us all from the damage humanity is inflicting on our planet and ourselves.

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With the passing of Nelson Mandela last month, we lost one of the strongest needles in humanity’s moral compass.

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The Moral Is
9:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Commentary: Schooling in the 21st Century

Kaye Bonner Cummings

Schooling in the 21st century will look quite different than that of the past.  In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s The Moral Is, Kaye Cummings, Executive Director of the Bonner Family Foundation, explores the changes in curriculum and teachers’ delivery that must occur to meet the needs of the students and the society of the 21st century.

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The Moral Is
9:09 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Commentary: It's Not Too Late For Americans To Rekindle The Flame of Science

Madhusudan Katti
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America was once the scientific “City on the Hill”, investing its resources and its capital to improve the world’s physical, social and cultural infrastructure.  But in the 21st century America seems to have lost its moral compass in this regard.  In this week’s edition of The Moral Is, Fresno State Biology Professor Madhusudan Katti calls on all Americans to rekindle the commitment that for so long maintained America’s scientific dominance that served humanity so well.

This is a peculiar moment to be a scientist in America.

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The Moral Is
3:07 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Commentary: Privatization Doesn't Always Pay Off

Ida Jones
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Is it more efficient for local and state governments to privatize provision of government services to save money? In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is Ida Jones, Professor of Business Law at Fresno State argues that there are hidden costs to privatization. Using for-profit prisons as an example, she connects increased privatization to higher long-term social and financial costs.

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Privatization is the buzzword that represents tax-revenue strapped governments transferring services to the private sector to save money. But does it?

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The Moral Is
3:07 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Commentary: Debate Over Syria Highlighted Separation Of Powers

Andrew Fiala

When President Obama asked Congress to make its own decision on invention in the Syrian crisis, it marked a break from other recent military actions, where the commander in chief didn’t seek such approval from the legislative branch.

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The Moral Is
12:32 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Commentary: With Climate Change, Are We Trapped By Artifical Boundaries?

Madhusudan Katti
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As global concerns about climate change continue to grow, could it be that our basic human nature is part of the problem? In this segment of FM89’s series of commentaries known as The Moral Is, Fresno State Biology Professor Madhusudan Katti suggests that our planet Earth will not accommodate our human frailties as much as we must adapt to its changing dynamics.

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We humans are aggressively territorial, willing to defend what’s ours against all comers. By no means the only territorial species, we are surely the most extreme.

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The Moral Is
10:16 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Commentary: By Fleeing the Country, Did Snowden Act Morally?

Fresno State Professor Jacques Benninga

Over the past several weeks, we’ve watched as Edward Snowden, the NSA analyst accused of releasing classified government information, escaped to Russia in an attempt to find asylum.  Now that his immediate future has been settled, Fresno State professor Jacques Benninga explores the moral implications of his actions in this segment of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is.

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11:07 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Commentary: With Liberty and Justice For... Some?

Ida Jones
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The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin has sparked a national dialogue about race and justice. In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is Ida Jones, Professor of Business Law at Fresno State, says the verdict makes her question our nation’s commitment to the principles of justice and fairness.

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What happened to the principles of justice and fairness the U.S. was supposed to represent?

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The Moral Is
4:14 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Commentary: Are We Fiddling While the Planet Warms?

Andrew Fiala

Can we solve the climate crisis?  Are we wise enough?  In this segment of Valley Public Radio's commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State philosophy professor Dr. Andrew Fiala asks whether, like Nero, we are fiddling while Rome burns.

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President Obama recently announced a new initiative on climate change.  But will we be able to address climate change in time to prevent the worst that is predicted?  I doubt it.  Decades of dithering about global warming do not inspire hope. 

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The Moral Is
8:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Commentary: Are We Willing to Trade Privacy For Assumed Surveillance?

Diane Blair

Recent revelations that the government has been monitoring and analyzing phone calls and on-line activities raises questions about the role of Big Data in our lives, especially when it comes to our privacy rights. In this segment of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State communication professor Diane Blair explores the role of digital communication technologies and our own complicity in the loss of personal privacy.

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Commentary
1:44 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Commentary: Time to Stop the Revolving Door for School Principals

Jacques Benninga

Each Spring district offices and school boards decide who will lead their schools for the following academic year.  Many schools will receive new principals.  In this version of The Moral is, Dr. Jacques Benninga of Fresno State’s School of Education writes that often such important decisions have little research to back them up.

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The Moral Is
2:49 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Commentary: Are We To Blame For Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse?

Credit Madhusudan Katti

The recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh has highlighted the globalized nature of today's apparel industry. On this edition of Valley Public Radio's commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State professor Madhusudan Katti says that it's time we look at the true cost of fast fashion.

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Are my hands clean?

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The Moral Is
12:46 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Commentary: When Things Go Wrong, Corporations Need to Take Responsibility

Fresno State business law professor Ida Jones
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What happens when society fails to care about people? And why do our priorities as individuals differ so much from our actions as businesses and lawmakers? In this edition of Valley Public Radio's commentary series “The Moral Is” Fresno State business law professor Ida Jones says that uncontrolled greed and a civilized society are incompatible.

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The Moral Is
12:37 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Commentary: New Curriculum Needs to Focus On the Arts

Kaye Bonner Cummings

Later this year, when students return to the classroom after summer break, they’ll be greeted by a new curriculum that aims to replace the goals of No Child Left Behind. On this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series “The Moral Is” Kaye Bonner Cummings says this presents a great opportunity to put the arts back in education.

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Commentary
3:56 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Commentary: Attitudes About Role of First Lady Reflect Cultural Expectations

Diane Blair

Shortly after First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage at this year’s Academy Awards, commentators from both Hollywood and inside the beltway erupted with criticism.  It was just the latest chapter in a decades old debate about the proper role of the first lady in contemporary society. On this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State communication professor Diane Blair says that when it comes to public praise or criticism, it often tells us more about society as a whole than about the first lady herself.

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The Moral Is
6:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Commentary: The Problem with Universal Preschool

There’s a lot of talk about the importance of “high quality preschool.” But are politicians and the tax-paying public willing to foot the bill? On this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State education professor Jack Benninga says this new effort may fail if it’s not properly funded. 

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The Moral Is
1:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Commentary: Should We Worry About Cosmic Calamity?

Andrew Fiala

From the effects of climate change to the threat posed by a giant asteroid, there’s a lot of things that we as humans worry about. But when faced with the possibility that humans may suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs, what should our rational response be? On this edition of our commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State philosophy professor Andrew Fiala points to a pessimistic conclusion.


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The Moral Is
1:33 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Commentary: Don't Deduct the Fine After Doing the Crime

Ida Jones
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From the financial crisis of 2008 to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – recent events have put corporate crimes in the spotlight. But what happens when corporations try to use the tax code to skirt their criminal responsibilities? On this edition of FM89's commentary series "The Moral Is," Fresno State business professor Ida Jones says it’s time for companies to pay up.

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The Moral Is
1:28 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Commentary: Time To Turn Off Our Sprinklers, Fresno

Madhusudan Katti
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The San Joaquin Valley’s communities and farms all blossomed our of a desert landscape thanks to available water supplies. But with an increasing population, and global warming, how we use this most precious resource is becoming more and more important. In this edition of FM89’s commentary series "The Moral Is", Fresno State biology professor Madhusudan Katti says it’s time for us to turn off our sprinklers.

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The Moral Is
3:56 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Commentary: Political Civility Requires More Than Respect

Diane Blair

With today's poisonous atmosphere in Washington, D.C., calls for a return to politeness and civility in politics are common. But in this edition of our commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State professor Diane Blair says the real issue is the ability to compromise. 

The views expressed on The Moral Is are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Valley Public Radio.

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