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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.

Commentary: Climate Change is A Moral Issue

Sep 12, 2012

Every election year, the political debate eventually turns to issues related to morality and values. On this edition of Valley Public Radio's commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State Biology Professor Madhusudan Katti says that this year, the candidates need to show more leadership on what he calls the biggest moral crisis of our era.

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

What’s the value of a typical worker’s contribution to a company’s success compared to that of CEOs of the largest companies? The CEO’s contribution is about 380 times more valuable, according to the AFL-CIO’s 2012 annual report on pay disparity.

380 times more valuable! Not only it is more valuable, but its value rises faster than inflation. Last year CEO pay rose 14% to nearly $13 million. What was your pay raise last year?

Somewhere deep in our cultural memory is the idea that athletic prowess is connected with virtue. For the ancient Greeks, athletic contests were religious events with social purpose: honoring the dead, preparing for war, and teaching virtues.

Contemporary sports no longer serve any moral, religious, or political purpose. Religion is not involved. Athletes are not preparing for war. And most of us gave up long ago on the idea that athletes could be looked up to as paragons of virtue. Recent scandals—at Penn State, in the Olympics, and in professional sports—haven’t helped.

When it comes to the season of political contests, free speech is rarely free, what with non-stop political ads on radio and television in many so-called battleground states. On this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State professor Diane Blair says the rise of the Super PAC has big implications for the future of our democracy.

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

When children commit violent acts, should they face the same punishment as adults, even if that means life in prison? On this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series, The Moral Is, professor Jacques Benninga says the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on mandatory sentences for juveniles is a positive step, and one informed by science. 

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

Early this summer, a plan to expand and re-pave a parking lot at Fresno State erupted into a community wide controversy, after over 150 mature trees were cut down in one day. University administrators claimed the project was necessary to make space for more cars, while faculty and community residents cried foul. In today’s edition of the commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State Biology professor Madhusudan Katti talks about how this latest incident highlights the conflict between what a university teaches, and what it actually does.

What happens when the principles of religious liberty and the separation of church and state meet contemporary culture and politics? As Fresno State Professor Andrew Fiala explains in this week’s edition of the commentary series The Moral Is, tolerance is the common thread that should guide society’s actions. 

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

Sometimes in order to get the most, you have to pay the most. Or at least that’s the conventional wisdom behind high compensation for CEOs. But what happens when the company in question is operated under the arm of the federal government? On today’s edition of the commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State business law professor Ida Jones says the result can sometimes be very costly to taxpayers.

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

Commentary: In Election Year, Fact Checking Crucial

Apr 10, 2012

With the November election growing closer by the day, there’s been no shortage of claims by politicians about their own records and those of their opponents. But how is the listener supposed to sort through all of the over-heated rhetoric and find the truth?  Commentator Diane Blair has some suggestions, on this week’s edition of our commentary series The Moral Is.

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

Commentary: Talking To Kids About Abuse Is Essential

Mar 26, 2012

Parents and educators across California are on edge, as recent cases of sexual abuse in the state’s schools have dominated the headlines. In today’s edition of the commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State professor Jacques Benninga says the key to preventing these crimes in the future lies with parents talking to their kids, even when the subject is something unpleasant.

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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