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Meet The Professors

A Sociopolitical Educational Talk Show

Host: Professor Deana Pollard Sacks

Episode 1:  Sex on Television and its Effects
MeetTheProfs picVictor Strasburger and Ed Donnerstein with host Deana Pollard Sacks

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In Episode 1 of Meet The Professors, guests Professor Victor Strasburger (Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, University of New Mexico School of Medicine) and Dean Emeritus Ed Donnerstein (University of Arizona Department of Communications) explain how television, movies, the internet, and other media influence children’s and adults’ sexual identity, sexual scripts, norms, and overall culture and behavior.  The professors discuss the level of sexual innuendo in American television and other media, sexy media’s influence on body image and  sexual beliefs,  and the social problems of teenage pregnancy, sexual disease, and low self-esteem.

Episode 2:  Bullying, Harassment, and the Courts

Show 2 still shotFred Galves and host Deana Pollard Sacks 

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In Episode 2 of Meet The Professors, Fred Galves (Professor of Law, Pacific McGeorge School of Law) and host Deana Pollard Sacks (Roberson King Professor of Law, Texas Southern University) discuss the growing problems of bullying and harassment in our society and how the courts have handled cases arising from bullying, harassment, and other hate-based misconduct. The professors discuss Snyder v. Phelps and the United States Supreme Court’s jurisprudence when civil remedies for harmful speech collide with the First Amendment’s broad protection of even the most biased, hateful, and harassing speech.

Episode 3: Mass Media’s Influence on Your Mind

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Ed Donnerstein, Victor Strasburger, and host Deana Pollard Sacks

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In Episode 3 of Meet The Professors, Dean Emeritus Ed Donnerstein (University of Arizona Department of Communications), Victor Strasburger (Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, University of New Mexico School of Medicine) and Deana Pollard Sacks (Roberson King Professor of Law, Texas Southern University) discuss how the human brain inputs, stores, and processes information, and why the media is so powerfully influential in how we think and what we believe. The professors discuss how people learn scripts from watching television and other media, why children are much more influenced by media than adults, and how parents can protect their children from the negative influences of mass media.

Episode 4: Violent Video Games’ Effects On Children 

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In Episode 4 of Meet The Professors, Craig Anderson (Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for the Study of Violence, Iowa State University), Brad Bushman (Professor of Communication and Psychology, The Ohio State University), and Deana Pollard Sacks (Roberson King Professor of Law, Texas Southern University) discuss the dozens of studies showing that children and adolescents who spend a significant amount of time playing violent video games become more aggressive in their thoughts and actions. The relatively new brain scan studies show that brain chemistry is altered when video games are played for long period of time, and permanent brain re-wiring can result, with attendant negative effects such as conduct disorder, aggression, “mean world syndrome,” and depression.

Episode 5: Racism in America and Implicit Bias

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Fred Galves and host Deana Pollard Sacks

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In Episode 5 of Meet The Professors, Fred Galves (Professor of Law, Pacific McGeorge School of Law) and host Deana Pollard Sacks (Roberson King Professor of Law, Texas Southern University) discuss the research on racism and unconscious bias, and how bias plays out relative to perceptions, judgments, and actions. Numerous personal anecdotes help reveal how unconscious bias manifests in daily life, even among educated professionals.

Episode 6: The Politics of Mass Media

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Craig Anderson, Ed Donnerstein, and host Deana Pollard Sacks

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In Episode 6 of Meet The Professors, Craig Anderson  (Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for the Study of Violence, Iowa State University), Dean Emeritus Ed Donnerstein (University of Arizona Department of Communications), and host Deana Pollard Sacks (Roberson King Professor of Law, Texas Southern University), discuss the politics behind the way in which research on the effects of media are presented to the public.  The professors discuss the politics behind the failure of the government and the news media to report the research accurately.

Episode 7: Regulating Violent Video Games

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Fred Galves, Craig Anderson, and host Deana Pollard Sacks

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In Episode 7 of Meet The Professors, Craig Anderson (Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for the Study of Violence, Iowa State University), Professor Fred Galves, and host Deana Pollard Sacks (Roberson King Professor of Law, Texas Southern University), discuss various legislative attempts to regulate the sale of violent video games to minors, and the courts’ opinions striking down all such sales regulations on First Amendment grounds. The professors compare United Supreme Court cases concerning regulation of speech, point out stark inconsistencies among the cases, and posit political reasons for the inconsistencies.

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