Society & Culture

Everyday Ethics

Craig Kopp, Kelly McBride & Art Caplan

Everyday Ethics is a weekly podcast that takes a look at many of the ethical dilemmas that face us every day, and attempts to break them down for easier understanding. Hosted by veteran broadcaster Craig Kopp, featuring media ethicist Kelly McBride and medical ethicist Art Caplan, Everyday Ethics helps you to know the difference between what you have a right to do and what's right to do.

Episodes

Female Body Hair Removal
17:45
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:45
Female Body Hair Removal

Women go to a lot of work to keep up the appearance that they don't have body hair. So why is this the standard of beauty in the first place?

The Truth
25:27
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 25:27
The Truth

With freedom of speech comes the implicit freedom to lie. So let's talk about "the truth."

Confederate Statues
19:42
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 19:42
Confederate Statues

Confederate statues are scattered all across the Union, and now lots of people want them gone. Is this a matter of free speech? Or is it the erasure of history?

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
27:07
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 27:07
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Free speech is good, hate speech is bad, and you can't have one without the other. So where do we draw the line?

Helping Others (Or Not)
15:50
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 15:50
Helping Others (Or Not)

Is there a moral obligation to help others whose lives are in danger?

Charlie Gard
17:25
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:25
Charlie Gard

This episode is a tough one to listen to, but it's a matter that potentially affects all of us. What do we do when medical science can't help our suffering infants?

Foul Language
17:49
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:49
Foul Language

When White House Communications Directors are giving F-bomb-laced interviews to reporters, it's probably time to have a discussion on the ethics of foul language...

Competitive Eating
10:39
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 10:39
Competitive Eating

Competitive eating—competitions where people cram upwards of 70 hot dogs down their throats in under 10 minutes—is on the rise. Is it a symptom of the greater breakdown of ethics in our society, or is it just good fun?

Celebrity Quackery
18:30
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 18:30
Celebrity Quackery

Gwyneth Paltrow is currently hawking her line of pseudoscientific quackery, and it makes us wonder why people give celebrities a pass. So let's get to the bottom of this, shall we?

Femvertising
16:13
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 16:13
Femvertising

When advertising cozies up with movements like feminism in order to sell their products, is that ethical?

Perpetually Late
19:24
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 19:24
Perpetually Late

Is it unethical to be late all the time?

Shopping Cart Ethics
16:25
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 16:25
Shopping Cart Ethics

What could be more 'everyday' than shopping cart ethics? Yes, shopping cart ethics.

Homework
15:10
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 15:10
Homework

The amount of homework our kids take home seems to be doubling each year. Let's take a look at some of the ethics around homework, shall we?

Voice Modulation
16:49
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 16:49
Voice Modulation

We all use different voices for different times, whether we realize it or not. In some of these cases, there are some ethics to talk about. So basically in this episode we're talking about talking.

Tattoos
14:51
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 14:51
Tattoos

They're not necessarily symbols of rebellion anymore. They're art.

Airlines These Days
17:39
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:39
Airlines These Days

By now everyone has heard of the United Airlines incident involving a passenger who was beaten and removed from the plane by police because he refused to give up his seat. There were so many ethical issues to pick apart in this story that it was hard to c

Circumcision
15:32
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 15:32
Circumcision

It's an extremely common procedure performed on newborn baby boys... but should it be?

Panhandlers
16:38
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 16:38
Panhandlers

We all get asked for money from time to time. Should we be forking it over?

Peeing In the Pool
16:55
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 16:55
Peeing In the Pool

It happens way more often than anyone thinks. In fact, recent research shows that you probably pee in the pool, too. So, we need to talk.

Magic Shoes
16:27
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 16:27
Magic Shoes

Nike just released some new shoes that they claim will make athletes run faster. Is it ethical to use performance-enhancing shoes in running marathons?

Funding For The Arts
17:35
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:35
Funding For The Arts

The current United States presidential administration has declared that government funding for the arts and humanities will be ended. This is a personal issue to us here at Everyday Ethics, but the implications go far beyond this humble little podcast.

Kill Or No Kill
12:39
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 12:39
Kill Or No Kill

There are two kinds of animal shelters in America. Which kind should you adopt from?

Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?
15:05
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 15:05
Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?

Legislators keep trying to take recess away from school kids. Why?

Enemy of the People?
20:49
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 20:49
Enemy of the People?

President Trump says that some of the major news media organizations are the "enemy of the people." We actually think this is a good opportunity for some self-reflection of the ethical variety. Journalists, we're talking to you in this episode.

Food Shaming
14:14
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 14:14
Food Shaming

It's time to stop shaming people for the food they eat, no matter what that might be. There are some very real reasons for why some people eat the way they do.

Death of the Circus
12:28
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 12:28
Death of the Circus

The circus—that iconic archetype of American pop culture—is coming to an end.

Spies Like Alexa
16:11
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 16:11
Spies Like Alexa

We now have AI entering our homes, and it's admittedly cool, but let's talk about the fact that these devices are recording everything we do... Where is all that data going?

The Road To Mars
17:39
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:39
The Road To Mars

The road to Mars is paved with good intentions. But is sending people to Mars the right thing for humanity to be focusing on right now? Isn't it enough that we're sending robots there to do our work for us? Aren't there problems on Earth we should tend to before allocating resources to other planets? Well, it turns out the answers to these questions aren't as simple as you'd think.

Marijuana For Athletes
14:39
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 14:39
Marijuana For Athletes

Even in states where marijuana is legal, professional athletes are forbidden from using it for pain relief. Just about everyone agrees that it's not a performance-enhancing drug, so what's the big deal?

DNA Testing
14:37
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 14:37
DNA Testing

DNA testing gives us the ability to find out if we are predisposed to illness and it can tell us where our genetic lineage comes from... but those aren't the only things it can do.

Patient Zero
17:39
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:39
Patient Zero

Recently it was discovered that, due to a clerical error, AIDS researchers originally got it wrong when they labeled Gaëtan Dugas as patient zero in the spread of HIV across North America. It turns out that he was one of many at the time. So we decided to examine the ethics surrounding the idea of the search for a patient zero of any kind. Why is it that we always feel the need to find an origin of the things that happen to us?

Anthem Protest
16:10
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 16:10
Anthem Protest

Many professional athletes are opting to take a knee during the pledge of allegiance at their ball games. Protesting the national anthem is nothing new, but it's always contentious. We decided to have an ethical discussion about the merits of protest, in general, and why protesting the anthem is so divisive.

Groping
19:08
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 19:08
Groping

Groping. It's not just something Donald Trump does. It's a problem all over the world, with a long history. Women are groped by men in airports, in the subway, in the mall, just about everywhere there are crowds of people in close proximity. Why has this been going on for so long without a public uproar? More importantly, what can be done to prevent it? It's time to start a discussion about how common groping is.

70 Is the New 70
19:46
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 19:46
70 Is the New 70

This week we decided to talk about the age of the presidential candidates, and whether that should even matter, but the conversation went beyond the presidency. Age really is just a number, and yes we are living longer than ever before, but faculties still decline in old age, and 70 years old is still 70 years old. There's nothing wrong with taking age into account when sizing up a leader's ability to lead.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

Talking Politics At Work
17:10
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:10
Talking Politics At Work

You probably do it yourself, and even if you don't, you almost certainly work with someone who does... This week we discuss talking about politics at work.

Overdose Photos
17:32
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:32
Overdose Photos

We were asked by a listener of the show if there is an ethical problem with uploading photos or videos of someone who has overdosed on opiods. Well, dear listener, this is what we think...

Georgetown Reparations
17:57
2017-09-21 04:42:08 UTC 17:57
Georgetown Reparations

Georgetown University recently released a statement offering free education for descendants of the slaves that built the school. That's a big deal. So we decided to look at the ethics surrounding this act.

Healthcare and Capitalism
15:58
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 15:58
Healthcare and Capitalism

This time it was Mylan with their EpiPens. Before that it was Martin Shkrelli with Daraprim. It goes back even further, and will probably happen again. We're talking about pharmaceutical price increases. The system we have now, one of free market capitalism, is not the most ethical framework for healthcare. Fortunately, our ethicists have some ideas for a solution.

Paternalism In Medicine
12:11
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:11
Paternalism In Medicine

A conversation about the origins of the home pregnancy test got us talking about paternalism in medicine—the idea that the doctor knows what's best for the patient, so maybe the patient should rely on the doctor for all the information. It was this mindset that had to be broken when the home pregnancy test was invented. For the most part, that attitude has changed, and patients are much more informed now than ever before. So what can the healthcare industry itself do to help patients maintain this autonomy? What other kits are waiting to be released to the public that could give the same results as a more expensive visit to the doctor's office? It's something to think about.

The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience
14:24
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:24
The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience

Now that the Bernie or Bust movement busted, and there are still people who choose to vote for a third party, or not at all, we figured it was time to talk about the ethics of voting your conscience instead of the perceived greater good. This one's a thinker.

Those Photos Of Melania Trump
18:52
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 18:52
Those Photos Of Melania Trump

Those racy photos of Melania Trump that were just published in the British GQ magazine have caused quite a stir in the media. There was some inappropriate shaming going on, and it was coming from several directions. Let's talk about those photos, shall we?

Zika In Florida
17:45
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 17:45
Zika In Florida

It's already happening... there are mosquitoes in Florida that carry Zika, and it's likely that the virus will find its way north from there. It's time to do something about Zika.

Performance Enhancements
17:14
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 17:14
Performance Enhancements

Performance enhancements can be more than just drugs. There's bionic shoulder replacements and LASIK surgery, too! Let's talk about things that could be considered performance enhancements, and the ethics concerning them.

Plagiarism
18:06
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 18:06
Plagiarism

We here at Everyday Ethics were raised with the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you are going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect. So we set out to pass these values on to the next generation; to show all children everywhere that the only limit to your achievements is your willingness to podcast your dreams... In other words, this week's episode is about plagiarism.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
17:27
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 17:27
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent dismissal of Roger Ailes at Fox News was a reminder that sexual harassment is still alive and well in workplaces all across the world. We decided it was time to give the topic the Everyday Ethics treatment.

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Bereavement Leave
13:59
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 13:59
Bereavement Leave

Most companies have a bereavement policy for their employees, but often times they leave a little bit to be desired. Maybe it's time we revisit the way paid time off is handled.

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Outed In the Worst Way Possible
14:34
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:34
Outed In the Worst Way Possible

One thing that hasn't been discussed yet, in regards to the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, is the fact that there were many people who were involved in this crisis who were outed as gay when they were otherwise trying to keep that

Tragedy and HIPAA
16:37
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 16:37
Tragedy and HIPAA

HIPAA is a federal law that was meant to protect everyone's private medical information, but as tragedies such as the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando have demonstrated, it also makes it difficult for concerned families to find any information about their loved ones during a crisis. In many cases, the confusion results from the healthcare practitioners not being properly educated about the law, unnecessarily delaying contact with family. In this episode we discuss if there might be a way to update the healthcare industry about what they can and cannot say about patients during a crisis.

Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill
15:55
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 15:55
Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill

Tennessee just passed a bill that allows mental health counselors to opt out of treating patients if it goes against personal values to do so. This, of course, can be interpreted in several ways, and they are all on shaky ethical ground. Is mental health care about the patient, or the counselor?

Textbooks and Professors
17:00
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 17:00
Textbooks and Professors

Sometimes professors write textbooks, and sometimes these professors use their own textbooks in their courses, assuring plenty of book sales. Is this ethical?

When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits
16:10
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 16:10
When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits

A young boy somehow ended up in the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinatti Zoo, and a gorilla was shot and killed as a result. Critics say the zoo acted impulsively, and that the gorilla didn't need to be killed. Experts say otherwise. What do the ethicists say?

GMOs are... Good?
14:22
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:22
GMOs are... Good?

GMOs are good. There, we said it. It doesn't mean that companies like Monsanto have your best interests at heart, or that their reputations aren't well deserved. We're just saying that GMOs could save the world, and it's time we gave them a chance.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

The Ethics of... Hockey?
12:50
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:50
The Ethics of... Hockey?

One could make the argument that hockey is known more its fights than for its, well, hockey. So we decided to talk about this a little bit. Why is it that hockey allows and encourages fighting, and what does it say about the sport's ethics?

Grieving the Death of a Celebrity
11:49
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 11:49
Grieving the Death of a Celebrity

Whenever a celebrity dies, it hits us hard. Yet, in most cases, we didn't even know him or her. Why is it that we are impacted so much by the loss of someone we've never even met?

Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?
16:16
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 16:16
Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?

Come on, men. Admit it. You don't go to the doctor as often as you should. Sure, you're strong, and you take care of yourself, you even exercise religiously... so why see a doctor? Well, here are a few reasons.

Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces
13:32
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 13:32
Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces

Have you ever been stuck in a situation where you are being forced to listen to someone's loud cell phone conversation in a public space? Have you ever been the one talking loudly on your phone while others around you give you dirty looks? Whether it's on a train, a bus, or even in a restaurant, this can be a nuisance to those in the vicinity. In this episode we talk about the etiquette of public spaces, and it isn't just limited to loud phone calls.

The Ethics of Tipping
14:54
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:54
The Ethics of Tipping

Do you tip your hairdresser? What about the hotel concierge? The bathroom attendant? How much do you give him? Most people know they are expected to tip restaurant servers and taxi drivers, but there are so many other people we encounter on a daily basis who work for tips, and they are expecting us to hand it over... The problem is, we don't always know that.

Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data
16:18
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 16:18
Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data

Employers like wellness programs because healthy employees are productive employees... but with all the information sharing that comes along with fitbits and smartphone apps, your employer might be learning a little too much about you.

Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket
12:45
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:45
Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket

The Twitterverse was all abuzz recently because the Whole Foods supermarket began selling pre peeled oranges. Yes, that is a thing that people get upset about these days. So the question is, why does it matter?

Who Pays For Risk?
12:24
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:24
Who Pays For Risk?

A handful of guys are setting off in a rowboat to row from Portugal to Venezuela, and it got us thinking... who pays for their rescue if things go wrong?

This One's a Real Head-Scratcher
13:17
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 13:17
This One's a Real Head-Scratcher

Head lice are a common pest that affect almost all children at some point in their lives. But the way we go about dealing with the infestations is a bit antiquated. There are better, more ethical ways of dealing with the problem.

Breastfeeding In Public
14:10
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:10
Breastfeeding In Public

It's the 21st century... Why do we have to do an episode of Everyday Ethics about breastfeeding?

Coming Out of the Infertility Closet
19:30
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 19:30
Coming Out of the Infertility Closet

Infertility is a difficult condition to deal with for the people going through it. But as it turns out, talking about infertility is difficult for everyone else. It's time to accept the fact that those suffering through it could use a little empathy from the rest of us.

Thermostat Wars
13:46
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 13:46
Thermostat Wars

You know how everyone always wants the temperature to be different than what it is? Well, who is right?

The Zika Virus
18:44
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 18:44
The Zika Virus

Officials in Central and South America are warning women not to get pregnant for the next two years due to the presence of a virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, that is known to cause birth defects. The very idea of preventing any pregnancies in an entire geographic population is rife with ethical issues, and we discuss some of them in this week's episode.

Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist
15:47
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 15:47
Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist

By now you have heard about that interview of El Chapo by Sean Penn. Not withstanding that it led to the subsequent recapture of the fugitive drug smuggler, it was talked about quite a bit in the news for its rambling, incoherent style. Now, anyone can be a journalist, especially in this internet age we are in, so we aren't faulting Penn for having conducted the interview... What concerns us is that it doesn't appear to have been edited, and it was published in Rolling Stone, which is a tenured publication that presumably should have known better. How did this happen?

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Star Wars
14:24
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:24
Star Wars

Is the new Star Wars movie safe for young children to watch? Here are some things to consider...

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Volkswagen's Emissions Scam
14:26
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:26
Volkswagen's Emissions Scam

Let's talk about that emissions scandal... Not only was it dishonest what VW did but it was downright deceptive. How could a company compromise its ethics like that?

Santa Claus
08:33
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 08:33
Santa Claus

That whole Santa Claus thing we tell kids... That's okay, right?

Patriotic Payola
15:34
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 15:34
Patriotic Payola

It was recently revealed that all of those majestic fighter jet flyovers and military marching band performances during professional sports games are paid for by the Pentagon. Is this a form of propaganda? Does it even matter?

Gun Violence
13:06
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 13:06
Gun Violence

We have a gun problem in America. There—we said it.

Blood For Fines
13:30
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 13:30
Blood For Fines

A judge in Alabama decided to give people a choice when they stood before him... They could pay their fines, or they could donate blood. It might seem like a nice idea on the surface, but there are a few ethical problems with this approach.

Snapchat Surgery
16:33
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 16:33
Snapchat Surgery

Forget surgery theaters—now we have smartphones and Snapchat. But is it ethical for surgeons to be live-streaming tummy tucks and butt lifts for all the world to see?

From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America
16:38
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 16:38
From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America

That New Jersey nurse who was forced into a makeshift quarantine after being exposed to Ebola is suing the state. What have we learned from that whole debacle?

Doctors and Donations
14:56
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:56
Doctors and Donations

Doctors are being instructed to ask patients in remission for financial donations to their medical centers. Do people who donate get better treatment than the rest of us?

Sex Robots Are Coming
12:35
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:35
Sex Robots Are Coming

It's only a matter of time before sex robots become a thing... But should they be?

The Ashley Madison Hack
14:55
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:55
The Ashley Madison Hack

The recent hack of the Ashley Madison website brought up several issues worthy of ethical discussion. In this episode, we talk about monogamy, cheating, hacking, outing, and some of the fallout that occurs as a result.

Health Insurance Mergers
15:48
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 15:48
Health Insurance Mergers

Two of the health insurance giants are merging, and that begs the question... Are we heading toward a healthcare monopoly?

Participation Trophies
10:58
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 10:58
Participation Trophies

Are we doing our kids any favors by rewarding them just for showing up?

Jimmy Carter Has Cancer
16:05
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 16:05
Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

President Jimmy Carter recently announced that he has cancer, and this has allowed the nation to discuss the topic of death, and dealing with terminal diagnoses.

Physician-Assisted Dying
12:26
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:26
Physician-Assisted Dying

The increasing acceptance of physician-assisted dying, or assisted suicide, raises many ethical questions.

Separation Of Church And State
12:03
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:03
Separation Of Church And State

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is still in the news, talking about her right to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, on religious grounds... But what happened to separation of church and state?

Have Your Coke and Drink It Too
14:32
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:32
Have Your Coke and Drink It Too

Coca-Cola has come out with some new exercise guidelines that they claim will offset the calories that are consumed by drinking Coke products. No one's buying this... Right?

The Menstruating Marathon Runner
17:09
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 17:09
The Menstruating Marathon Runner

The woman who ran the London Marathon while menstruating has provided us all with an opportunity to discuss why we don't discuss menstruation.

The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward
14:30
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 14:30
The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward

Reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were murdered on location during a live shot for WDBJ-TV, resulting in at least two videos of their deaths. How should the media and the public treat these videos?

Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You
09:27
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 09:27
Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You

Experts are calling on the United Nations to ban killer robots before they are unleashed upon mankind... Which is apparently only years away from happening.

Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?
08:38
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 08:38
Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?

Members of the American Medical Association stand accused of working with the government to find ways of justifying the use of torture. Craig, Kelly, and Art discuss the implications.

That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One
12:18
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:18
That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One

A severely-edited undercover video recently surfaced purporting to show a Planned Parenthood executive engaging in nefarious discussions about the sale of fetal tissue for profit. But is that what actually happened?

R.I.P. Cecil the Lion
11:00
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 11:00
R.I.P. Cecil the Lion

The illegal killing of Cecil the lion has sparked outrage the entire world over, and has forced its killer into hiding. But it has also renewed discussions about whether big game hunting is even necessary to conservation efforts.

Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?
13:34
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 13:34
Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?

The Huffington Post recently announced they would no longer report on Donald Trump's candidacy as anything other than entertainment, and many reporters around the country are struggling to make sense of how to report on him at all. Is Trump a serious contender for President of the United States, or just a political sideshow?

Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon
10:44
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 10:44
Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon

Manicures and pedicures keep getting cheaper... and that comes at a price.

The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God
10:34
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 10:34
The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God

With the release of Pope Francis' new encyclical, climate change is deemed the result of mankind, and not God. But is he influential enough to affect global politics?

Is It Time For the Rebel Flag to Fly... In a Museum?
12:09
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 12:09
Is It Time For the Rebel Flag to Fly... In a Museum?

The first amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, and the right to wave any flag anyone chooses to... But does the Confederate Battle Flag really belong above the South Carolina State House?

Doctors Are Sick—Of Medicine
09:12
2017-09-21 04:42:09 UTC 09:12
Doctors Are Sick—Of Medicine

Craig, Art, and Kelly discuss high burnout rates for doctors and why they are so sick of their profession.

Female Body Hair Removal
17:45
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:45
Female Body Hair Removal

Women go to a lot of work to keep up the appearance that they don't have body hair. So why is this the standard of beauty in the first place?

The Truth
25:27
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 25:27
The Truth

With freedom of speech comes the implicit freedom to lie. So let's talk about "the truth."

Confederate Statues
19:42
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 19:42
Confederate Statues

Confederate statues are scattered all across the Union, and now lots of people want them gone. Is this a matter of free speech? Or is it the erasure of history?

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
27:07
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 27:07
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Free speech is good, hate speech is bad, and you can't have one without the other. So where do we draw the line?

Helping Others (Or Not)
15:50
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 15:50
Helping Others (Or Not)

Is there a moral obligation to help others whose lives are in danger?

Charlie Gard
17:25
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:25
Charlie Gard

This episode is a tough one to listen to, but it's a matter that potentially affects all of us. What do we do when medical science can't help our suffering infants?

Foul Language
17:49
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:49
Foul Language

When White House Communications Directors are giving F-bomb-laced interviews to reporters, it's probably time to have a discussion on the ethics of foul language...

Competitive Eating
10:39
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 10:39
Competitive Eating

Competitive eating—competitions where people cram upwards of 70 hot dogs down their throats in under 10 minutes—is on the rise. Is it a symptom of the greater breakdown of ethics in our society, or is it just good fun?

Celebrity Quackery
18:30
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 18:30
Celebrity Quackery

Gwyneth Paltrow is currently hawking her line of pseudoscientific quackery, and it makes us wonder why people give celebrities a pass. So let's get to the bottom of this, shall we?

Femvertising
16:13
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:13
Femvertising

When advertising cozies up with movements like feminism in order to sell their products, is that ethical?

Perpetually Late
19:24
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 19:24
Perpetually Late

Is it unethical to be late all the time?

Shopping Cart Ethics
16:25
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:25
Shopping Cart Ethics

What could be more 'everyday' than shopping cart ethics? Yes, shopping cart ethics.

Homework
15:10
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 15:10
Homework

The amount of homework our kids take home seems to be doubling each year. Let's take a look at some of the ethics around homework, shall we?

Voice Modulation
16:49
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:49
Voice Modulation

We all use different voices for different times, whether we realize it or not. In some of these cases, there are some ethics to talk about. So basically in this episode we're talking about talking.

Tattoos
14:51
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 14:51
Tattoos

They're not necessarily symbols of rebellion anymore. They're art.

Airlines These Days
17:39
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:39
Airlines These Days

By now everyone has heard of the United Airlines incident involving a passenger who was beaten and removed from the plane by police because he refused to give up his seat. There were so many ethical issues to pick apart in this story that it was hard to c

Circumcision
15:32
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 15:32
Circumcision

It's an extremely common procedure performed on newborn baby boys... but should it be?

Panhandlers
16:38
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:38
Panhandlers

We all get asked for money from time to time. Should we be forking it over?

Peeing In the Pool
16:55
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:55
Peeing In the Pool

It happens way more often than anyone thinks. In fact, recent research shows that you probably pee in the pool, too. So, we need to talk.

Magic Shoes
16:27
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:27
Magic Shoes

Nike just released some new shoes that they claim will make athletes run faster. Is it ethical to use performance-enhancing shoes in running marathons?

Funding For The Arts
17:35
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:35
Funding For The Arts

The current United States presidential administration has declared that government funding for the arts and humanities will be ended. This is a personal issue to us here at Everyday Ethics, but the implications go far beyond this humble little podcast.

Kill Or No Kill
12:39
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 12:39
Kill Or No Kill

There are two kinds of animal shelters in America. Which kind should you adopt from?

Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?
15:05
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 15:05
Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?

Legislators keep trying to take recess away from school kids. Why?

Enemy of the People?
20:49
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 20:49
Enemy of the People?

President Trump says that some of the major news media organizations are the "enemy of the people." We actually think this is a good opportunity for some self-reflection of the ethical variety. Journalists, we're talking to you in this episode.

Food Shaming
14:14
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 14:14
Food Shaming

It's time to stop shaming people for the food they eat, no matter what that might be. There are some very real reasons for why some people eat the way they do.

Death of the Circus
12:28
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 12:28
Death of the Circus

The circus—that iconic archetype of American pop culture—is coming to an end.

Spies Like Alexa
16:11
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:11
Spies Like Alexa

We now have AI entering our homes, and it's admittedly cool, but let's talk about the fact that these devices are recording everything we do... Where is all that data going?

The Road To Mars
17:39
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:39
The Road To Mars

The road to Mars is paved with good intentions. But is sending people to Mars the right thing for humanity to be focusing on right now? Isn't it enough that we're sending robots there to do our work for us? Aren't there problems on Earth we should tend to before allocating resources to other planets? Well, it turns out the answers to these questions aren't as simple as you'd think.

Marijuana For Athletes
14:39
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 14:39
Marijuana For Athletes

Even in states where marijuana is legal, professional athletes are forbidden from using it for pain relief. Just about everyone agrees that it's not a performance-enhancing drug, so what's the big deal?

DNA Testing
14:37
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 14:37
DNA Testing

DNA testing gives us the ability to find out if we are predisposed to illness and it can tell us where our genetic lineage comes from... but those aren't the only things it can do.

Patient Zero
17:39
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:39
Patient Zero

Recently it was discovered that, due to a clerical error, AIDS researchers originally got it wrong when they labeled Gaëtan Dugas as patient zero in the spread of HIV across North America. It turns out that he was one of many at the time. So we decided to examine the ethics surrounding the idea of the search for a patient zero of any kind. Why is it that we always feel the need to find an origin of the things that happen to us?

Anthem Protest
16:10
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:10
Anthem Protest

Many professional athletes are opting to take a knee during the pledge of allegiance at their ball games. Protesting the national anthem is nothing new, but it's always contentious. We decided to have an ethical discussion about the merits of protest, in general, and why protesting the anthem is so divisive.

Groping
19:08
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 19:08
Groping

Groping. It's not just something Donald Trump does. It's a problem all over the world, with a long history. Women are groped by men in airports, in the subway, in the mall, just about everywhere there are crowds of people in close proximity. Why has this been going on for so long without a public uproar? More importantly, what can be done to prevent it? It's time to start a discussion about how common groping is.

70 Is the New 70
19:46
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 19:46
70 Is the New 70

This week we decided to talk about the age of the presidential candidates, and whether that should even matter, but the conversation went beyond the presidency. Age really is just a number, and yes we are living longer than ever before, but faculties still decline in old age, and 70 years old is still 70 years old. There's nothing wrong with taking age into account when sizing up a leader's ability to lead.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

Talking Politics At Work
17:10
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:10
Talking Politics At Work

You probably do it yourself, and even if you don't, you almost certainly work with someone who does... This week we discuss talking about politics at work.

Overdose Photos
17:32
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:32
Overdose Photos

We were asked by a listener of the show if there is an ethical problem with uploading photos or videos of someone who has overdosed on opiods. Well, dear listener, this is what we think...

Georgetown Reparations
17:57
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:57
Georgetown Reparations

Georgetown University recently released a statement offering free education for descendants of the slaves that built the school. That's a big deal. So we decided to look at the ethics surrounding this act.

Healthcare and Capitalism
15:58
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 15:58
Healthcare and Capitalism

This time it was Mylan with their EpiPens. Before that it was Martin Shkrelli with Daraprim. It goes back even further, and will probably happen again. We're talking about pharmaceutical price increases. The system we have now, one of free market capitalism, is not the most ethical framework for healthcare. Fortunately, our ethicists have some ideas for a solution.

Paternalism In Medicine
12:11
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 12:11
Paternalism In Medicine

A conversation about the origins of the home pregnancy test got us talking about paternalism in medicine—the idea that the doctor knows what's best for the patient, so maybe the patient should rely on the doctor for all the information. It was this mindset that had to be broken when the home pregnancy test was invented. For the most part, that attitude has changed, and patients are much more informed now than ever before. So what can the healthcare industry itself do to help patients maintain this autonomy? What other kits are waiting to be released to the public that could give the same results as a more expensive visit to the doctor's office? It's something to think about.

The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience
14:24
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 14:24
The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience

Now that the Bernie or Bust movement busted, and there are still people who choose to vote for a third party, or not at all, we figured it was time to talk about the ethics of voting your conscience instead of the perceived greater good. This one's a thinker.

Those Photos Of Melania Trump
18:52
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 18:52
Those Photos Of Melania Trump

Those racy photos of Melania Trump that were just published in the British GQ magazine have caused quite a stir in the media. There was some inappropriate shaming going on, and it was coming from several directions. Let's talk about those photos, shall we?

Zika In Florida
17:45
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:45
Zika In Florida

It's already happening... there are mosquitoes in Florida that carry Zika, and it's likely that the virus will find its way north from there. It's time to do something about Zika.

Performance Enhancements
17:14
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:14
Performance Enhancements

Performance enhancements can be more than just drugs. There's bionic shoulder replacements and LASIK surgery, too! Let's talk about things that could be considered performance enhancements, and the ethics concerning them.

Plagiarism
18:06
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 18:06
Plagiarism

We here at Everyday Ethics were raised with the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you are going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect. So we set out to pass these values on to the next generation; to show all children everywhere that the only limit to your achievements is your willingness to podcast your dreams... In other words, this week's episode is about plagiarism.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
17:27
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:27
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent dismissal of Roger Ailes at Fox News was a reminder that sexual harassment is still alive and well in workplaces all across the world. We decided it was time to give the topic the Everyday Ethics treatment.

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Bereavement Leave
13:59
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 13:59
Bereavement Leave

Most companies have a bereavement policy for their employees, but often times they leave a little bit to be desired. Maybe it's time we revisit the way paid time off is handled.

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Outed In the Worst Way Possible
14:34
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 14:34
Outed In the Worst Way Possible

One thing that hasn't been discussed yet, in regards to the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, is the fact that there were many people who were involved in this crisis who were outed as gay when they were otherwise trying to keep that

Tragedy and HIPAA
16:37
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:37
Tragedy and HIPAA

HIPAA is a federal law that was meant to protect everyone's private medical information, but as tragedies such as the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando have demonstrated, it also makes it difficult for concerned families to find any information about their loved ones during a crisis. In many cases, the confusion results from the healthcare practitioners not being properly educated about the law, unnecessarily delaying contact with family. In this episode we discuss if there might be a way to update the healthcare industry about what they can and cannot say about patients during a crisis.

Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill
15:55
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 15:55
Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill

Tennessee just passed a bill that allows mental health counselors to opt out of treating patients if it goes against personal values to do so. This, of course, can be interpreted in several ways, and they are all on shaky ethical ground. Is mental health care about the patient, or the counselor?

Textbooks and Professors
17:00
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 17:00
Textbooks and Professors

Sometimes professors write textbooks, and sometimes these professors use their own textbooks in their courses, assuring plenty of book sales. Is this ethical?

When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits
16:10
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:10
When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits

A young boy somehow ended up in the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinatti Zoo, and a gorilla was shot and killed as a result. Critics say the zoo acted impulsively, and that the gorilla didn't need to be killed. Experts say otherwise. What do the ethicists say?

GMOs are... Good?
14:22
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 14:22
GMOs are... Good?

GMOs are good. There, we said it. It doesn't mean that companies like Monsanto have your best interests at heart, or that their reputations aren't well deserved. We're just saying that GMOs could save the world, and it's time we gave them a chance.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

The Ethics of... Hockey?
12:50
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 12:50
The Ethics of... Hockey?

One could make the argument that hockey is known more its fights than for its, well, hockey. So we decided to talk about this a little bit. Why is it that hockey allows and encourages fighting, and what does it say about the sport's ethics?

Grieving the Death of a Celebrity
11:49
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 11:49
Grieving the Death of a Celebrity

Whenever a celebrity dies, it hits us hard. Yet, in most cases, we didn't even know him or her. Why is it that we are impacted so much by the loss of someone we've never even met?

Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?
16:16
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 16:16
Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?

Come on, men. Admit it. You don't go to the doctor as often as you should. Sure, you're strong, and you take care of yourself, you even exercise religiously... so why see a doctor? Well, here are a few reasons.

Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces
13:32
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 13:32
Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces

Have you ever been stuck in a situation where you are being forced to listen to someone's loud cell phone conversation in a public space? Have you ever been the one talking loudly on your phone while others around you give you dirty looks? Whether it's on a train, a bus, or even in a restaurant, this can be a nuisance to those in the vicinity. In this episode we talk about the etiquette of public spaces, and it isn't just limited to loud phone calls.

The Ethics of Tipping
14:54
2017-09-21 13:59:30 UTC 14:54
The Ethics of Tipping

Do you tip your hairdresser? What about the hotel concierge? The bathroom attendant? How much do you give him? Most people know they are expected to tip restaurant servers and taxi drivers, but there are so many other people we encounter on a daily basis who work for tips, and they are expecting us to hand it over... The problem is, we don't always know that.

Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data
16:18
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 16:18
Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data

Employers like wellness programs because healthy employees are productive employees... but with all the information sharing that comes along with fitbits and smartphone apps, your employer might be learning a little too much about you.

Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket
12:45
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 12:45
Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket

The Twitterverse was all abuzz recently because the Whole Foods supermarket began selling pre peeled oranges. Yes, that is a thing that people get upset about these days. So the question is, why does it matter?

Who Pays For Risk?
12:24
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 12:24
Who Pays For Risk?

A handful of guys are setting off in a rowboat to row from Portugal to Venezuela, and it got us thinking... who pays for their rescue if things go wrong?

This One's a Real Head-Scratcher
13:17
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 13:17
This One's a Real Head-Scratcher

Head lice are a common pest that affect almost all children at some point in their lives. But the way we go about dealing with the infestations is a bit antiquated. There are better, more ethical ways of dealing with the problem.

Breastfeeding In Public
14:10
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 14:10
Breastfeeding In Public

It's the 21st century... Why do we have to do an episode of Everyday Ethics about breastfeeding?

Coming Out of the Infertility Closet
19:30
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 19:30
Coming Out of the Infertility Closet

Infertility is a difficult condition to deal with for the people going through it. But as it turns out, talking about infertility is difficult for everyone else. It's time to accept the fact that those suffering through it could use a little empathy from the rest of us.

Thermostat Wars
13:46
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 13:46
Thermostat Wars

You know how everyone always wants the temperature to be different than what it is? Well, who is right?

The Zika Virus
18:44
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 18:44
The Zika Virus

Officials in Central and South America are warning women not to get pregnant for the next two years due to the presence of a virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, that is known to cause birth defects. The very idea of preventing any pregnancies in an entire geographic population is rife with ethical issues, and we discuss some of them in this week's episode.

Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist
15:47
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 15:47
Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist

By now you have heard about that interview of El Chapo by Sean Penn. Not withstanding that it led to the subsequent recapture of the fugitive drug smuggler, it was talked about quite a bit in the news for its rambling, incoherent style. Now, anyone can be a journalist, especially in this internet age we are in, so we aren't faulting Penn for having conducted the interview... What concerns us is that it doesn't appear to have been edited, and it was published in Rolling Stone, which is a tenured publication that presumably should have known better. How did this happen?

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Star Wars
14:24
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 14:24
Star Wars

Is the new Star Wars movie safe for young children to watch? Here are some things to consider...

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Volkswagen's Emissions Scam
14:26
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 14:26
Volkswagen's Emissions Scam

Let's talk about that emissions scandal... Not only was it dishonest what VW did but it was downright deceptive. How could a company compromise its ethics like that?

Santa Claus
08:33
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 08:33
Santa Claus

That whole Santa Claus thing we tell kids... That's okay, right?

Patriotic Payola
15:34
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 15:34
Patriotic Payola

It was recently revealed that all of those majestic fighter jet flyovers and military marching band performances during professional sports games are paid for by the Pentagon. Is this a form of propaganda? Does it even matter?

Gun Violence
13:06
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 13:06
Gun Violence

We have a gun problem in America. There—we said it.

Blood For Fines
13:30
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 13:30
Blood For Fines

A judge in Alabama decided to give people a choice when they stood before him... They could pay their fines, or they could donate blood. It might seem like a nice idea on the surface, but there are a few ethical problems with this approach.

Snapchat Surgery
16:33
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 16:33
Snapchat Surgery

Forget surgery theaters—now we have smartphones and Snapchat. But is it ethical for surgeons to be live-streaming tummy tucks and butt lifts for all the world to see?

From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America
16:38
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 16:38
From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America

That New Jersey nurse who was forced into a makeshift quarantine after being exposed to Ebola is suing the state. What have we learned from that whole debacle?

Doctors and Donations
14:56
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 14:56
Doctors and Donations

Doctors are being instructed to ask patients in remission for financial donations to their medical centers. Do people who donate get better treatment than the rest of us?

Sex Robots Are Coming
12:35
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 12:35
Sex Robots Are Coming

It's only a matter of time before sex robots become a thing... But should they be?

The Ashley Madison Hack
14:55
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 14:55
The Ashley Madison Hack

The recent hack of the Ashley Madison website brought up several issues worthy of ethical discussion. In this episode, we talk about monogamy, cheating, hacking, outing, and some of the fallout that occurs as a result.

Health Insurance Mergers
15:48
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 15:48
Health Insurance Mergers

Two of the health insurance giants are merging, and that begs the question... Are we heading toward a healthcare monopoly?

Participation Trophies
10:58
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 10:58
Participation Trophies

Are we doing our kids any favors by rewarding them just for showing up?

Jimmy Carter Has Cancer
16:05
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 16:05
Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

President Jimmy Carter recently announced that he has cancer, and this has allowed the nation to discuss the topic of death, and dealing with terminal diagnoses.

Physician-Assisted Dying
12:26
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 12:26
Physician-Assisted Dying

The increasing acceptance of physician-assisted dying, or assisted suicide, raises many ethical questions.

Separation Of Church And State
12:03
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 12:03
Separation Of Church And State

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is still in the news, talking about her right to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, on religious grounds... But what happened to separation of church and state?

Have Your Coke and Drink It Too
14:32
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 14:32
Have Your Coke and Drink It Too

Coca-Cola has come out with some new exercise guidelines that they claim will offset the calories that are consumed by drinking Coke products. No one's buying this... Right?

The Menstruating Marathon Runner
17:09
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 17:09
The Menstruating Marathon Runner

The woman who ran the London Marathon while menstruating has provided us all with an opportunity to discuss why we don't discuss menstruation.

The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward
14:30
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 14:30
The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward

Reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were murdered on location during a live shot for WDBJ-TV, resulting in at least two videos of their deaths. How should the media and the public treat these videos?

Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You
09:27
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 09:27
Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You

Experts are calling on the United Nations to ban killer robots before they are unleashed upon mankind... Which is apparently only years away from happening.

Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?
08:38
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 08:38
Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?

Members of the American Medical Association stand accused of working with the government to find ways of justifying the use of torture. Craig, Kelly, and Art discuss the implications.

That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One
12:18
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 12:18
That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One

A severely-edited undercover video recently surfaced purporting to show a Planned Parenthood executive engaging in nefarious discussions about the sale of fetal tissue for profit. But is that what actually happened?

R.I.P. Cecil the Lion
11:00
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 11:00
R.I.P. Cecil the Lion

The illegal killing of Cecil the lion has sparked outrage the entire world over, and has forced its killer into hiding. But it has also renewed discussions about whether big game hunting is even necessary to conservation efforts.

Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?
13:34
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 13:34
Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?

The Huffington Post recently announced they would no longer report on Donald Trump's candidacy as anything other than entertainment, and many reporters around the country are struggling to make sense of how to report on him at all. Is Trump a serious contender for President of the United States, or just a political sideshow?

Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon
10:44
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 10:44
Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon

Manicures and pedicures keep getting cheaper... and that comes at a price.

The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God
10:34
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 10:34
The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God

With the release of Pope Francis' new encyclical, climate change is deemed the result of mankind, and not God. But is he influential enough to affect global politics?

Is It Time For the Rebel Flag to Fly... In a Museum?
12:09
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 12:09
Is It Time For the Rebel Flag to Fly... In a Museum?

The first amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, and the right to wave any flag anyone chooses to... But does the Confederate Battle Flag really belong above the South Carolina State House?

Doctors Are Sick—Of Medicine
09:12
2017-09-21 13:59:31 UTC 09:12
Doctors Are Sick—Of Medicine

Craig, Art, and Kelly discuss high burnout rates for doctors and why they are so sick of their profession.

Female Body Hair Removal
17:45
2017-09-22 23:50:00 UTC 17:45
Female Body Hair Removal

Women go to a lot of work to keep up the appearance that they don't have body hair. So why is this the standard of beauty in the first place?

The Truth
25:27
2017-09-22 23:50:00 UTC 25:27
The Truth

With freedom of speech comes the implicit freedom to lie. So let's talk about "the truth."

Confederate Statues
19:42
2017-09-22 23:50:00 UTC 19:42
Confederate Statues

Confederate statues are scattered all across the Union, and now lots of people want them gone. Is this a matter of free speech? Or is it the erasure of history?

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
27:07
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 27:07
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Free speech is good, hate speech is bad, and you can't have one without the other. So where do we draw the line?

Helping Others (Or Not)
15:50
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 15:50
Helping Others (Or Not)

Is there a moral obligation to help others whose lives are in danger?

Charlie Gard
17:25
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:25
Charlie Gard

This episode is a tough one to listen to, but it's a matter that potentially affects all of us. What do we do when medical science can't help our suffering infants?

Foul Language
17:49
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:49
Foul Language

When White House Communications Directors are giving F-bomb-laced interviews to reporters, it's probably time to have a discussion on the ethics of foul language...

Competitive Eating
10:39
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 10:39
Competitive Eating

Competitive eating—competitions where people cram upwards of 70 hot dogs down their throats in under 10 minutes—is on the rise. Is it a symptom of the greater breakdown of ethics in our society, or is it just good fun?

Celebrity Quackery
18:30
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 18:30
Celebrity Quackery

Gwyneth Paltrow is currently hawking her line of pseudoscientific quackery, and it makes us wonder why people give celebrities a pass. So let's get to the bottom of this, shall we?

Femvertising
16:13
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:13
Femvertising

When advertising cozies up with movements like feminism in order to sell their products, is that ethical?

Perpetually Late
19:24
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 19:24
Perpetually Late

Is it unethical to be late all the time?

Shopping Cart Ethics
16:25
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:25
Shopping Cart Ethics

What could be more 'everyday' than shopping cart ethics? Yes, shopping cart ethics.

Homework
15:10
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 15:10
Homework

The amount of homework our kids take home seems to be doubling each year. Let's take a look at some of the ethics around homework, shall we?

Voice Modulation
16:49
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:49
Voice Modulation

We all use different voices for different times, whether we realize it or not. In some of these cases, there are some ethics to talk about. So basically in this episode we're talking about talking.

Tattoos
14:51
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:51
Tattoos

They're not necessarily symbols of rebellion anymore. They're art.

Airlines These Days
17:39
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:39
Airlines These Days

By now everyone has heard of the United Airlines incident involving a passenger who was beaten and removed from the plane by police because he refused to give up his seat. There were so many ethical issues to pick apart in this story that it was hard to c

Circumcision
15:32
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 15:32
Circumcision

It's an extremely common procedure performed on newborn baby boys... but should it be?

Panhandlers
16:38
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:38
Panhandlers

We all get asked for money from time to time. Should we be forking it over?

Peeing In the Pool
16:55
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:55
Peeing In the Pool

It happens way more often than anyone thinks. In fact, recent research shows that you probably pee in the pool, too. So, we need to talk.

Magic Shoes
16:27
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:27
Magic Shoes

Nike just released some new shoes that they claim will make athletes run faster. Is it ethical to use performance-enhancing shoes in running marathons?

Funding For The Arts
17:35
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:35
Funding For The Arts

The current United States presidential administration has declared that government funding for the arts and humanities will be ended. This is a personal issue to us here at Everyday Ethics, but the implications go far beyond this humble little podcast.

Kill Or No Kill
12:39
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:39
Kill Or No Kill

There are two kinds of animal shelters in America. Which kind should you adopt from?

Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?
15:05
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 15:05
Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?

Legislators keep trying to take recess away from school kids. Why?

Enemy of the People?
20:49
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 20:49
Enemy of the People?

President Trump says that some of the major news media organizations are the "enemy of the people." We actually think this is a good opportunity for some self-reflection of the ethical variety. Journalists, we're talking to you in this episode.

Food Shaming
14:14
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:14
Food Shaming

It's time to stop shaming people for the food they eat, no matter what that might be. There are some very real reasons for why some people eat the way they do.

Death of the Circus
12:28
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:28
Death of the Circus

The circus—that iconic archetype of American pop culture—is coming to an end.

Spies Like Alexa
16:11
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:11
Spies Like Alexa

We now have AI entering our homes, and it's admittedly cool, but let's talk about the fact that these devices are recording everything we do... Where is all that data going?

The Road To Mars
17:39
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:39
The Road To Mars

The road to Mars is paved with good intentions. But is sending people to Mars the right thing for humanity to be focusing on right now? Isn't it enough that we're sending robots there to do our work for us? Aren't there problems on Earth we should tend to before allocating resources to other planets? Well, it turns out the answers to these questions aren't as simple as you'd think.

Marijuana For Athletes
14:39
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:39
Marijuana For Athletes

Even in states where marijuana is legal, professional athletes are forbidden from using it for pain relief. Just about everyone agrees that it's not a performance-enhancing drug, so what's the big deal?

DNA Testing
14:37
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:37
DNA Testing

DNA testing gives us the ability to find out if we are predisposed to illness and it can tell us where our genetic lineage comes from... but those aren't the only things it can do.

Patient Zero
17:39
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:39
Patient Zero

Recently it was discovered that, due to a clerical error, AIDS researchers originally got it wrong when they labeled Gaëtan Dugas as patient zero in the spread of HIV across North America. It turns out that he was one of many at the time. So we decided to examine the ethics surrounding the idea of the search for a patient zero of any kind. Why is it that we always feel the need to find an origin of the things that happen to us?

Anthem Protest
16:10
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:10
Anthem Protest

Many professional athletes are opting to take a knee during the pledge of allegiance at their ball games. Protesting the national anthem is nothing new, but it's always contentious. We decided to have an ethical discussion about the merits of protest, in general, and why protesting the anthem is so divisive.

Groping
19:08
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 19:08
Groping

Groping. It's not just something Donald Trump does. It's a problem all over the world, with a long history. Women are groped by men in airports, in the subway, in the mall, just about everywhere there are crowds of people in close proximity. Why has this been going on for so long without a public uproar? More importantly, what can be done to prevent it? It's time to start a discussion about how common groping is.

70 Is the New 70
19:46
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 19:46
70 Is the New 70

This week we decided to talk about the age of the presidential candidates, and whether that should even matter, but the conversation went beyond the presidency. Age really is just a number, and yes we are living longer than ever before, but faculties still decline in old age, and 70 years old is still 70 years old. There's nothing wrong with taking age into account when sizing up a leader's ability to lead.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

Talking Politics At Work
17:10
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:10
Talking Politics At Work

You probably do it yourself, and even if you don't, you almost certainly work with someone who does... This week we discuss talking about politics at work.

Overdose Photos
17:32
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:32
Overdose Photos

We were asked by a listener of the show if there is an ethical problem with uploading photos or videos of someone who has overdosed on opiods. Well, dear listener, this is what we think...

Georgetown Reparations
17:57
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:57
Georgetown Reparations

Georgetown University recently released a statement offering free education for descendants of the slaves that built the school. That's a big deal. So we decided to look at the ethics surrounding this act.

Healthcare and Capitalism
15:58
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 15:58
Healthcare and Capitalism

This time it was Mylan with their EpiPens. Before that it was Martin Shkrelli with Daraprim. It goes back even further, and will probably happen again. We're talking about pharmaceutical price increases. The system we have now, one of free market capitalism, is not the most ethical framework for healthcare. Fortunately, our ethicists have some ideas for a solution.

Paternalism In Medicine
12:11
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:11
Paternalism In Medicine

A conversation about the origins of the home pregnancy test got us talking about paternalism in medicine—the idea that the doctor knows what's best for the patient, so maybe the patient should rely on the doctor for all the information. It was this mindset that had to be broken when the home pregnancy test was invented. For the most part, that attitude has changed, and patients are much more informed now than ever before. So what can the healthcare industry itself do to help patients maintain this autonomy? What other kits are waiting to be released to the public that could give the same results as a more expensive visit to the doctor's office? It's something to think about.

The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience
14:24
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:24
The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience

Now that the Bernie or Bust movement busted, and there are still people who choose to vote for a third party, or not at all, we figured it was time to talk about the ethics of voting your conscience instead of the perceived greater good. This one's a thinker.

Those Photos Of Melania Trump
18:52
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 18:52
Those Photos Of Melania Trump

Those racy photos of Melania Trump that were just published in the British GQ magazine have caused quite a stir in the media. There was some inappropriate shaming going on, and it was coming from several directions. Let's talk about those photos, shall we?

Zika In Florida
17:45
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:45
Zika In Florida

It's already happening... there are mosquitoes in Florida that carry Zika, and it's likely that the virus will find its way north from there. It's time to do something about Zika.

Performance Enhancements
17:14
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:14
Performance Enhancements

Performance enhancements can be more than just drugs. There's bionic shoulder replacements and LASIK surgery, too! Let's talk about things that could be considered performance enhancements, and the ethics concerning them.

Plagiarism
18:06
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 18:06
Plagiarism

We here at Everyday Ethics were raised with the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you are going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect. So we set out to pass these values on to the next generation; to show all children everywhere that the only limit to your achievements is your willingness to podcast your dreams... In other words, this week's episode is about plagiarism.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
17:27
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:27
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent dismissal of Roger Ailes at Fox News was a reminder that sexual harassment is still alive and well in workplaces all across the world. We decided it was time to give the topic the Everyday Ethics treatment.

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Bereavement Leave
13:59
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 13:59
Bereavement Leave

Most companies have a bereavement policy for their employees, but often times they leave a little bit to be desired. Maybe it's time we revisit the way paid time off is handled.

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Outed In the Worst Way Possible
14:34
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:34
Outed In the Worst Way Possible

One thing that hasn't been discussed yet, in regards to the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, is the fact that there were many people who were involved in this crisis who were outed as gay when they were otherwise trying to keep that

Tragedy and HIPAA
16:37
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:37
Tragedy and HIPAA

HIPAA is a federal law that was meant to protect everyone's private medical information, but as tragedies such as the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando have demonstrated, it also makes it difficult for concerned families to find any information about their loved ones during a crisis. In many cases, the confusion results from the healthcare practitioners not being properly educated about the law, unnecessarily delaying contact with family. In this episode we discuss if there might be a way to update the healthcare industry about what they can and cannot say about patients during a crisis.

Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill
15:55
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 15:55
Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill

Tennessee just passed a bill that allows mental health counselors to opt out of treating patients if it goes against personal values to do so. This, of course, can be interpreted in several ways, and they are all on shaky ethical ground. Is mental health care about the patient, or the counselor?

Textbooks and Professors
17:00
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:00
Textbooks and Professors

Sometimes professors write textbooks, and sometimes these professors use their own textbooks in their courses, assuring plenty of book sales. Is this ethical?

When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits
16:10
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:10
When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits

A young boy somehow ended up in the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinatti Zoo, and a gorilla was shot and killed as a result. Critics say the zoo acted impulsively, and that the gorilla didn't need to be killed. Experts say otherwise. What do the ethicists say?

GMOs are... Good?
14:22
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:22
GMOs are... Good?

GMOs are good. There, we said it. It doesn't mean that companies like Monsanto have your best interests at heart, or that their reputations aren't well deserved. We're just saying that GMOs could save the world, and it's time we gave them a chance.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

The Ethics of... Hockey?
12:50
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:50
The Ethics of... Hockey?

One could make the argument that hockey is known more its fights than for its, well, hockey. So we decided to talk about this a little bit. Why is it that hockey allows and encourages fighting, and what does it say about the sport's ethics?

Grieving the Death of a Celebrity
11:49
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 11:49
Grieving the Death of a Celebrity

Whenever a celebrity dies, it hits us hard. Yet, in most cases, we didn't even know him or her. Why is it that we are impacted so much by the loss of someone we've never even met?

Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?
16:16
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:16
Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?

Come on, men. Admit it. You don't go to the doctor as often as you should. Sure, you're strong, and you take care of yourself, you even exercise religiously... so why see a doctor? Well, here are a few reasons.

Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces
13:32
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 13:32
Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces

Have you ever been stuck in a situation where you are being forced to listen to someone's loud cell phone conversation in a public space? Have you ever been the one talking loudly on your phone while others around you give you dirty looks? Whether it's on a train, a bus, or even in a restaurant, this can be a nuisance to those in the vicinity. In this episode we talk about the etiquette of public spaces, and it isn't just limited to loud phone calls.

The Ethics of Tipping
14:54
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:54
The Ethics of Tipping

Do you tip your hairdresser? What about the hotel concierge? The bathroom attendant? How much do you give him? Most people know they are expected to tip restaurant servers and taxi drivers, but there are so many other people we encounter on a daily basis who work for tips, and they are expecting us to hand it over... The problem is, we don't always know that.

Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data
16:18
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:18
Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data

Employers like wellness programs because healthy employees are productive employees... but with all the information sharing that comes along with fitbits and smartphone apps, your employer might be learning a little too much about you.

Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket
12:45
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:45
Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket

The Twitterverse was all abuzz recently because the Whole Foods supermarket began selling pre peeled oranges. Yes, that is a thing that people get upset about these days. So the question is, why does it matter?

Who Pays For Risk?
12:24
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:24
Who Pays For Risk?

A handful of guys are setting off in a rowboat to row from Portugal to Venezuela, and it got us thinking... who pays for their rescue if things go wrong?

This One's a Real Head-Scratcher
13:17
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 13:17
This One's a Real Head-Scratcher

Head lice are a common pest that affect almost all children at some point in their lives. But the way we go about dealing with the infestations is a bit antiquated. There are better, more ethical ways of dealing with the problem.

Breastfeeding In Public
14:10
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:10
Breastfeeding In Public

It's the 21st century... Why do we have to do an episode of Everyday Ethics about breastfeeding?

Coming Out of the Infertility Closet
19:30
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 19:30
Coming Out of the Infertility Closet

Infertility is a difficult condition to deal with for the people going through it. But as it turns out, talking about infertility is difficult for everyone else. It's time to accept the fact that those suffering through it could use a little empathy from the rest of us.

Thermostat Wars
13:46
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 13:46
Thermostat Wars

You know how everyone always wants the temperature to be different than what it is? Well, who is right?

The Zika Virus
18:44
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 18:44
The Zika Virus

Officials in Central and South America are warning women not to get pregnant for the next two years due to the presence of a virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, that is known to cause birth defects. The very idea of preventing any pregnancies in an entire geographic population is rife with ethical issues, and we discuss some of them in this week's episode.

Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist
15:47
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 15:47
Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist

By now you have heard about that interview of El Chapo by Sean Penn. Not withstanding that it led to the subsequent recapture of the fugitive drug smuggler, it was talked about quite a bit in the news for its rambling, incoherent style. Now, anyone can be a journalist, especially in this internet age we are in, so we aren't faulting Penn for having conducted the interview... What concerns us is that it doesn't appear to have been edited, and it was published in Rolling Stone, which is a tenured publication that presumably should have known better. How did this happen?

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Star Wars
14:24
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:24
Star Wars

Is the new Star Wars movie safe for young children to watch? Here are some things to consider...

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Volkswagen's Emissions Scam
14:26
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:26
Volkswagen's Emissions Scam

Let's talk about that emissions scandal... Not only was it dishonest what VW did but it was downright deceptive. How could a company compromise its ethics like that?

Santa Claus
08:33
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 08:33
Santa Claus

That whole Santa Claus thing we tell kids... That's okay, right?

Patriotic Payola
15:34
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 15:34
Patriotic Payola

It was recently revealed that all of those majestic fighter jet flyovers and military marching band performances during professional sports games are paid for by the Pentagon. Is this a form of propaganda? Does it even matter?

Gun Violence
13:06
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 13:06
Gun Violence

We have a gun problem in America. There—we said it.

Blood For Fines
13:30
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 13:30
Blood For Fines

A judge in Alabama decided to give people a choice when they stood before him... They could pay their fines, or they could donate blood. It might seem like a nice idea on the surface, but there are a few ethical problems with this approach.

Snapchat Surgery
16:33
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:33
Snapchat Surgery

Forget surgery theaters—now we have smartphones and Snapchat. But is it ethical for surgeons to be live-streaming tummy tucks and butt lifts for all the world to see?

From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America
16:38
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:38
From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America

That New Jersey nurse who was forced into a makeshift quarantine after being exposed to Ebola is suing the state. What have we learned from that whole debacle?

Doctors and Donations
14:56
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:56
Doctors and Donations

Doctors are being instructed to ask patients in remission for financial donations to their medical centers. Do people who donate get better treatment than the rest of us?

Sex Robots Are Coming
12:35
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:35
Sex Robots Are Coming

It's only a matter of time before sex robots become a thing... But should they be?

The Ashley Madison Hack
14:55
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:55
The Ashley Madison Hack

The recent hack of the Ashley Madison website brought up several issues worthy of ethical discussion. In this episode, we talk about monogamy, cheating, hacking, outing, and some of the fallout that occurs as a result.

Health Insurance Mergers
15:48
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 15:48
Health Insurance Mergers

Two of the health insurance giants are merging, and that begs the question... Are we heading toward a healthcare monopoly?

Participation Trophies
10:58
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 10:58
Participation Trophies

Are we doing our kids any favors by rewarding them just for showing up?

Jimmy Carter Has Cancer
16:05
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 16:05
Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

President Jimmy Carter recently announced that he has cancer, and this has allowed the nation to discuss the topic of death, and dealing with terminal diagnoses.

Physician-Assisted Dying
12:26
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:26
Physician-Assisted Dying

The increasing acceptance of physician-assisted dying, or assisted suicide, raises many ethical questions.

Separation Of Church And State
12:03
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 12:03
Separation Of Church And State

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is still in the news, talking about her right to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, on religious grounds... But what happened to separation of church and state?

Have Your Coke and Drink It Too
14:32
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 14:32
Have Your Coke and Drink It Too

Coca-Cola has come out with some new exercise guidelines that they claim will offset the calories that are consumed by drinking Coke products. No one's buying this... Right?

The Menstruating Marathon Runner
17:09
2017-09-22 23:50:01 UTC 17:09
The Menstruating Marathon Runner

The woman who ran the London Marathon while menstruating has provided us all with an opportunity to discuss why we don't discuss menstruation.

The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward
14:30
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 14:30
The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward

Reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were murdered on location during a live shot for WDBJ-TV, resulting in at least two videos of their deaths. How should the media and the public treat these videos?

Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You
09:27
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 09:27
Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You

Experts are calling on the United Nations to ban killer robots before they are unleashed upon mankind... Which is apparently only years away from happening.

Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?
08:38
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 08:38
Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?

Members of the American Medical Association stand accused of working with the government to find ways of justifying the use of torture. Craig, Kelly, and Art discuss the implications.

That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One
12:18
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 12:18
That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One

A severely-edited undercover video recently surfaced purporting to show a Planned Parenthood executive engaging in nefarious discussions about the sale of fetal tissue for profit. But is that what actually happened?

R.I.P. Cecil the Lion
11:00
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 11:00
R.I.P. Cecil the Lion

The illegal killing of Cecil the lion has sparked outrage the entire world over, and has forced its killer into hiding. But it has also renewed discussions about whether big game hunting is even necessary to conservation efforts.

Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?
13:34
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 13:34
Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?

The Huffington Post recently announced they would no longer report on Donald Trump's candidacy as anything other than entertainment, and many reporters around the country are struggling to make sense of how to report on him at all. Is Trump a serious contender for President of the United States, or just a political sideshow?

Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon
10:44
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 10:44
Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon

Manicures and pedicures keep getting cheaper... and that comes at a price.

The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God
10:34
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 10:34
The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God

With the release of Pope Francis' new encyclical, climate change is deemed the result of mankind, and not God. But is he influential enough to affect global politics?

Is It Time For the Rebel Flag to Fly... In a Museum?
12:09
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 12:09
Is It Time For the Rebel Flag to Fly... In a Museum?

The first amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, and the right to wave any flag anyone chooses to... But does the Confederate Battle Flag really belong above the South Carolina State House?

Doctors Are Sick—Of Medicine
09:12
2017-09-22 23:50:02 UTC 09:12
Doctors Are Sick—Of Medicine

Craig, Art, and Kelly discuss high burnout rates for doctors and why they are so sick of their profession.

Female Body Hair Removal
17:45
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 17:45
Female Body Hair Removal

Women go to a lot of work to keep up the appearance that they don't have body hair. So why is this the standard of beauty in the first place?

The Truth
25:27
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 25:27
The Truth

With freedom of speech comes the implicit freedom to lie. So let's talk about "the truth."

Confederate Statues
19:42
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 19:42
Confederate Statues

Confederate statues are scattered all across the Union, and now lots of people want them gone. Is this a matter of free speech? Or is it the erasure of history?

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
27:07
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 27:07
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Free speech is good, hate speech is bad, and you can't have one without the other. So where do we draw the line?

Helping Others (Or Not)
15:50
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 15:50
Helping Others (Or Not)

Is there a moral obligation to help others whose lives are in danger?

Charlie Gard
17:25
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 17:25
Charlie Gard

This episode is a tough one to listen to, but it's a matter that potentially affects all of us. What do we do when medical science can't help our suffering infants?

Foul Language
17:49
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 17:49
Foul Language

When White House Communications Directors are giving F-bomb-laced interviews to reporters, it's probably time to have a discussion on the ethics of foul language...

Competitive Eating
10:39
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 10:39
Competitive Eating

Competitive eating—competitions where people cram upwards of 70 hot dogs down their throats in under 10 minutes—is on the rise. Is it a symptom of the greater breakdown of ethics in our society, or is it just good fun?

Celebrity Quackery
18:30
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 18:30
Celebrity Quackery

Gwyneth Paltrow is currently hawking her line of pseudoscientific quackery, and it makes us wonder why people give celebrities a pass. So let's get to the bottom of this, shall we?

Femvertising
16:13
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 16:13
Femvertising

When advertising cozies up with movements like feminism in order to sell their products, is that ethical?

Perpetually Late
19:24
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 19:24
Perpetually Late

Is it unethical to be late all the time?

Shopping Cart Ethics
16:25
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 16:25
Shopping Cart Ethics

What could be more 'everyday' than shopping cart ethics? Yes, shopping cart ethics.

Homework
15:10
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 15:10
Homework

The amount of homework our kids take home seems to be doubling each year. Let's take a look at some of the ethics around homework, shall we?

Voice Modulation
16:49
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 16:49
Voice Modulation

We all use different voices for different times, whether we realize it or not. In some of these cases, there are some ethics to talk about. So basically in this episode we're talking about talking.

Tattoos
14:51
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 14:51
Tattoos

They're not necessarily symbols of rebellion anymore. They're art.

Airlines These Days
17:39
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 17:39
Airlines These Days

By now everyone has heard of the United Airlines incident involving a passenger who was beaten and removed from the plane by police because he refused to give up his seat. There were so many ethical issues to pick apart in this story that it was hard to c

Circumcision
15:32
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 15:32
Circumcision

It's an extremely common procedure performed on newborn baby boys... but should it be?

Panhandlers
16:38
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 16:38
Panhandlers

We all get asked for money from time to time. Should we be forking it over?

Peeing In the Pool
16:55
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 16:55
Peeing In the Pool

It happens way more often than anyone thinks. In fact, recent research shows that you probably pee in the pool, too. So, we need to talk.

Magic Shoes
16:27
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 16:27
Magic Shoes

Nike just released some new shoes that they claim will make athletes run faster. Is it ethical to use performance-enhancing shoes in running marathons?

Funding For The Arts
17:35
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 17:35
Funding For The Arts

The current United States presidential administration has declared that government funding for the arts and humanities will be ended. This is a personal issue to us here at Everyday Ethics, but the implications go far beyond this humble little podcast.

Kill Or No Kill
12:39
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 12:39
Kill Or No Kill

There are two kinds of animal shelters in America. Which kind should you adopt from?

Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?
15:05
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 15:05
Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?

Legislators keep trying to take recess away from school kids. Why?

Enemy of the People?
20:49
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 20:49
Enemy of the People?

President Trump says that some of the major news media organizations are the "enemy of the people." We actually think this is a good opportunity for some self-reflection of the ethical variety. Journalists, we're talking to you in this episode.

Food Shaming
14:14
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 14:14
Food Shaming

It's time to stop shaming people for the food they eat, no matter what that might be. There are some very real reasons for why some people eat the way they do.

Death of the Circus
12:28
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 12:28
Death of the Circus

The circus—that iconic archetype of American pop culture—is coming to an end.

Spies Like Alexa
16:11
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 16:11
Spies Like Alexa

We now have AI entering our homes, and it's admittedly cool, but let's talk about the fact that these devices are recording everything we do... Where is all that data going?

The Road To Mars
17:39
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 17:39
The Road To Mars

The road to Mars is paved with good intentions. But is sending people to Mars the right thing for humanity to be focusing on right now? Isn't it enough that we're sending robots there to do our work for us? Aren't there problems on Earth we should tend to before allocating resources to other planets? Well, it turns out the answers to these questions aren't as simple as you'd think.

Marijuana For Athletes
14:39
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 14:39
Marijuana For Athletes

Even in states where marijuana is legal, professional athletes are forbidden from using it for pain relief. Just about everyone agrees that it's not a performance-enhancing drug, so what's the big deal?

DNA Testing
14:37
2017-09-26 13:40:41 UTC 14:37
DNA Testing

DNA testing gives us the ability to find out if we are predisposed to illness and it can tell us where our genetic lineage comes from... but those aren't the only things it can do.

Patient Zero
17:39
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:39
Patient Zero

Recently it was discovered that, due to a clerical error, AIDS researchers originally got it wrong when they labeled Gaëtan Dugas as patient zero in the spread of HIV across North America. It turns out that he was one of many at the time. So we decided to examine the ethics surrounding the idea of the search for a patient zero of any kind. Why is it that we always feel the need to find an origin of the things that happen to us?

Anthem Protest
16:10
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 16:10
Anthem Protest

Many professional athletes are opting to take a knee during the pledge of allegiance at their ball games. Protesting the national anthem is nothing new, but it's always contentious. We decided to have an ethical discussion about the merits of protest, in general, and why protesting the anthem is so divisive.

Groping
19:08
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 19:08
Groping

Groping. It's not just something Donald Trump does. It's a problem all over the world, with a long history. Women are groped by men in airports, in the subway, in the mall, just about everywhere there are crowds of people in close proximity. Why has this been going on for so long without a public uproar? More importantly, what can be done to prevent it? It's time to start a discussion about how common groping is.

70 Is the New 70
19:46
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 19:46
70 Is the New 70

This week we decided to talk about the age of the presidential candidates, and whether that should even matter, but the conversation went beyond the presidency. Age really is just a number, and yes we are living longer than ever before, but faculties still decline in old age, and 70 years old is still 70 years old. There's nothing wrong with taking age into account when sizing up a leader's ability to lead.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

Talking Politics At Work
17:10
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:10
Talking Politics At Work

You probably do it yourself, and even if you don't, you almost certainly work with someone who does... This week we discuss talking about politics at work.

Overdose Photos
17:32
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:32
Overdose Photos

We were asked by a listener of the show if there is an ethical problem with uploading photos or videos of someone who has overdosed on opiods. Well, dear listener, this is what we think...

Georgetown Reparations
17:57
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:57
Georgetown Reparations

Georgetown University recently released a statement offering free education for descendants of the slaves that built the school. That's a big deal. So we decided to look at the ethics surrounding this act.

Healthcare and Capitalism
15:58
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 15:58
Healthcare and Capitalism

This time it was Mylan with their EpiPens. Before that it was Martin Shkrelli with Daraprim. It goes back even further, and will probably happen again. We're talking about pharmaceutical price increases. The system we have now, one of free market capitalism, is not the most ethical framework for healthcare. Fortunately, our ethicists have some ideas for a solution.

Paternalism In Medicine
12:11
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:11
Paternalism In Medicine

A conversation about the origins of the home pregnancy test got us talking about paternalism in medicine—the idea that the doctor knows what's best for the patient, so maybe the patient should rely on the doctor for all the information. It was this mindset that had to be broken when the home pregnancy test was invented. For the most part, that attitude has changed, and patients are much more informed now than ever before. So what can the healthcare industry itself do to help patients maintain this autonomy? What other kits are waiting to be released to the public that could give the same results as a more expensive visit to the doctor's office? It's something to think about.

The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience
14:24
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:24
The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience

Now that the Bernie or Bust movement busted, and there are still people who choose to vote for a third party, or not at all, we figured it was time to talk about the ethics of voting your conscience instead of the perceived greater good. This one's a thinker.

Those Photos Of Melania Trump
18:52
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 18:52
Those Photos Of Melania Trump

Those racy photos of Melania Trump that were just published in the British GQ magazine have caused quite a stir in the media. There was some inappropriate shaming going on, and it was coming from several directions. Let's talk about those photos, shall we?

Zika In Florida
17:45
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:45
Zika In Florida

It's already happening... there are mosquitoes in Florida that carry Zika, and it's likely that the virus will find its way north from there. It's time to do something about Zika.

Performance Enhancements
17:14
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:14
Performance Enhancements

Performance enhancements can be more than just drugs. There's bionic shoulder replacements and LASIK surgery, too! Let's talk about things that could be considered performance enhancements, and the ethics concerning them.

Plagiarism
18:06
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 18:06
Plagiarism

We here at Everyday Ethics were raised with the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you are going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect. So we set out to pass these values on to the next generation; to show all children everywhere that the only limit to your achievements is your willingness to podcast your dreams... In other words, this week's episode is about plagiarism.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
17:27
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:27
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent dismissal of Roger Ailes at Fox News was a reminder that sexual harassment is still alive and well in workplaces all across the world. We decided it was time to give the topic the Everyday Ethics treatment.

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Bereavement Leave
13:59
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 13:59
Bereavement Leave

Most companies have a bereavement policy for their employees, but often times they leave a little bit to be desired. Maybe it's time we revisit the way paid time off is handled.

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Outed In the Worst Way Possible
14:34
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:34
Outed In the Worst Way Possible

One thing that hasn't been discussed yet, in regards to the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, is the fact that there were many people who were involved in this crisis who were outed as gay when they were otherwise trying to keep that

Tragedy and HIPAA
16:37
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 16:37
Tragedy and HIPAA

HIPAA is a federal law that was meant to protect everyone's private medical information, but as tragedies such as the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando have demonstrated, it also makes it difficult for concerned families to find any information about their loved ones during a crisis. In many cases, the confusion results from the healthcare practitioners not being properly educated about the law, unnecessarily delaying contact with family. In this episode we discuss if there might be a way to update the healthcare industry about what they can and cannot say about patients during a crisis.

Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill
15:55
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 15:55
Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill

Tennessee just passed a bill that allows mental health counselors to opt out of treating patients if it goes against personal values to do so. This, of course, can be interpreted in several ways, and they are all on shaky ethical ground. Is mental health care about the patient, or the counselor?

Textbooks and Professors
17:00
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:00
Textbooks and Professors

Sometimes professors write textbooks, and sometimes these professors use their own textbooks in their courses, assuring plenty of book sales. Is this ethical?

When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits
16:10
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 16:10
When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits

A young boy somehow ended up in the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinatti Zoo, and a gorilla was shot and killed as a result. Critics say the zoo acted impulsively, and that the gorilla didn't need to be killed. Experts say otherwise. What do the ethicists say?

GMOs are... Good?
14:22
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:22
GMOs are... Good?

GMOs are good. There, we said it. It doesn't mean that companies like Monsanto have your best interests at heart, or that their reputations aren't well deserved. We're just saying that GMOs could save the world, and it's time we gave them a chance.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

The Ethics of... Hockey?
12:50
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:50
The Ethics of... Hockey?

One could make the argument that hockey is known more its fights than for its, well, hockey. So we decided to talk about this a little bit. Why is it that hockey allows and encourages fighting, and what does it say about the sport's ethics?

Grieving the Death of a Celebrity
11:49
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 11:49
Grieving the Death of a Celebrity

Whenever a celebrity dies, it hits us hard. Yet, in most cases, we didn't even know him or her. Why is it that we are impacted so much by the loss of someone we've never even met?

Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?
16:16
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 16:16
Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?

Come on, men. Admit it. You don't go to the doctor as often as you should. Sure, you're strong, and you take care of yourself, you even exercise religiously... so why see a doctor? Well, here are a few reasons.

Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces
13:32
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 13:32
Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces

Have you ever been stuck in a situation where you are being forced to listen to someone's loud cell phone conversation in a public space? Have you ever been the one talking loudly on your phone while others around you give you dirty looks? Whether it's on a train, a bus, or even in a restaurant, this can be a nuisance to those in the vicinity. In this episode we talk about the etiquette of public spaces, and it isn't just limited to loud phone calls.

The Ethics of Tipping
14:54
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:54
The Ethics of Tipping

Do you tip your hairdresser? What about the hotel concierge? The bathroom attendant? How much do you give him? Most people know they are expected to tip restaurant servers and taxi drivers, but there are so many other people we encounter on a daily basis who work for tips, and they are expecting us to hand it over... The problem is, we don't always know that.

Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data
16:18
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 16:18
Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data

Employers like wellness programs because healthy employees are productive employees... but with all the information sharing that comes along with fitbits and smartphone apps, your employer might be learning a little too much about you.

Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket
12:45
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:45
Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket

The Twitterverse was all abuzz recently because the Whole Foods supermarket began selling pre peeled oranges. Yes, that is a thing that people get upset about these days. So the question is, why does it matter?

Who Pays For Risk?
12:24
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:24
Who Pays For Risk?

A handful of guys are setting off in a rowboat to row from Portugal to Venezuela, and it got us thinking... who pays for their rescue if things go wrong?

This One's a Real Head-Scratcher
13:17
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 13:17
This One's a Real Head-Scratcher

Head lice are a common pest that affect almost all children at some point in their lives. But the way we go about dealing with the infestations is a bit antiquated. There are better, more ethical ways of dealing with the problem.

Breastfeeding In Public
14:10
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:10
Breastfeeding In Public

It's the 21st century... Why do we have to do an episode of Everyday Ethics about breastfeeding?

Coming Out of the Infertility Closet
19:30
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 19:30
Coming Out of the Infertility Closet

Infertility is a difficult condition to deal with for the people going through it. But as it turns out, talking about infertility is difficult for everyone else. It's time to accept the fact that those suffering through it could use a little empathy from the rest of us.

Thermostat Wars
13:46
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 13:46
Thermostat Wars

You know how everyone always wants the temperature to be different than what it is? Well, who is right?

The Zika Virus
18:44
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 18:44
The Zika Virus

Officials in Central and South America are warning women not to get pregnant for the next two years due to the presence of a virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, that is known to cause birth defects. The very idea of preventing any pregnancies in an entire geographic population is rife with ethical issues, and we discuss some of them in this week's episode.

Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist
15:47
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 15:47
Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist

By now you have heard about that interview of El Chapo by Sean Penn. Not withstanding that it led to the subsequent recapture of the fugitive drug smuggler, it was talked about quite a bit in the news for its rambling, incoherent style. Now, anyone can be a journalist, especially in this internet age we are in, so we aren't faulting Penn for having conducted the interview... What concerns us is that it doesn't appear to have been edited, and it was published in Rolling Stone, which is a tenured publication that presumably should have known better. How did this happen?

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Star Wars
14:24
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:24
Star Wars

Is the new Star Wars movie safe for young children to watch? Here are some things to consider...

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Volkswagen's Emissions Scam
14:26
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:26
Volkswagen's Emissions Scam

Let's talk about that emissions scandal... Not only was it dishonest what VW did but it was downright deceptive. How could a company compromise its ethics like that?

Santa Claus
08:33
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 08:33
Santa Claus

That whole Santa Claus thing we tell kids... That's okay, right?

Patriotic Payola
15:34
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 15:34
Patriotic Payola

It was recently revealed that all of those majestic fighter jet flyovers and military marching band performances during professional sports games are paid for by the Pentagon. Is this a form of propaganda? Does it even matter?

Gun Violence
13:06
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 13:06
Gun Violence

We have a gun problem in America. There—we said it.

Blood For Fines
13:30
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 13:30
Blood For Fines

A judge in Alabama decided to give people a choice when they stood before him... They could pay their fines, or they could donate blood. It might seem like a nice idea on the surface, but there are a few ethical problems with this approach.

Snapchat Surgery
16:33
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 16:33
Snapchat Surgery

Forget surgery theaters—now we have smartphones and Snapchat. But is it ethical for surgeons to be live-streaming tummy tucks and butt lifts for all the world to see?

From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America
16:38
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 16:38
From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America

That New Jersey nurse who was forced into a makeshift quarantine after being exposed to Ebola is suing the state. What have we learned from that whole debacle?

Doctors and Donations
14:56
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:56
Doctors and Donations

Doctors are being instructed to ask patients in remission for financial donations to their medical centers. Do people who donate get better treatment than the rest of us?

Sex Robots Are Coming
12:35
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:35
Sex Robots Are Coming

It's only a matter of time before sex robots become a thing... But should they be?

The Ashley Madison Hack
14:55
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:55
The Ashley Madison Hack

The recent hack of the Ashley Madison website brought up several issues worthy of ethical discussion. In this episode, we talk about monogamy, cheating, hacking, outing, and some of the fallout that occurs as a result.

Health Insurance Mergers
15:48
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 15:48
Health Insurance Mergers

Two of the health insurance giants are merging, and that begs the question... Are we heading toward a healthcare monopoly?

Participation Trophies
10:58
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 10:58
Participation Trophies

Are we doing our kids any favors by rewarding them just for showing up?

Jimmy Carter Has Cancer
16:05
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 16:05
Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

President Jimmy Carter recently announced that he has cancer, and this has allowed the nation to discuss the topic of death, and dealing with terminal diagnoses.

Physician-Assisted Dying
12:26
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:26
Physician-Assisted Dying

The increasing acceptance of physician-assisted dying, or assisted suicide, raises many ethical questions.

Separation Of Church And State
12:03
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:03
Separation Of Church And State

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is still in the news, talking about her right to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, on religious grounds... But what happened to separation of church and state?

Have Your Coke and Drink It Too
14:32
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:32
Have Your Coke and Drink It Too

Coca-Cola has come out with some new exercise guidelines that they claim will offset the calories that are consumed by drinking Coke products. No one's buying this... Right?

The Menstruating Marathon Runner
17:09
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 17:09
The Menstruating Marathon Runner

The woman who ran the London Marathon while menstruating has provided us all with an opportunity to discuss why we don't discuss menstruation.

The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward
14:30
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 14:30
The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward

Reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were murdered on location during a live shot for WDBJ-TV, resulting in at least two videos of their deaths. How should the media and the public treat these videos?

Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You
09:27
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 09:27
Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You

Experts are calling on the United Nations to ban killer robots before they are unleashed upon mankind... Which is apparently only years away from happening.

Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?
08:38
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 08:38
Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?

Members of the American Medical Association stand accused of working with the government to find ways of justifying the use of torture. Craig, Kelly, and Art discuss the implications.

That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One
12:18
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:18
That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One

A severely-edited undercover video recently surfaced purporting to show a Planned Parenthood executive engaging in nefarious discussions about the sale of fetal tissue for profit. But is that what actually happened?

R.I.P. Cecil the Lion
11:00
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 11:00
R.I.P. Cecil the Lion

The illegal killing of Cecil the lion has sparked outrage the entire world over, and has forced its killer into hiding. But it has also renewed discussions about whether big game hunting is even necessary to conservation efforts.

Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?
13:34
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 13:34
Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?

The Huffington Post recently announced they would no longer report on Donald Trump's candidacy as anything other than entertainment, and many reporters around the country are struggling to make sense of how to report on him at all. Is Trump a serious contender for President of the United States, or just a political sideshow?

Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon
10:44
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 10:44
Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon

Manicures and pedicures keep getting cheaper... and that comes at a price.

The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God
10:34
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 10:34
The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God

With the release of Pope Francis' new encyclical, climate change is deemed the result of mankind, and not God. But is he influential enough to affect global politics?

Is It Time For the Rebel Flag to Fly... In a Museum?
12:09
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 12:09
Is It Time For the Rebel Flag to Fly... In a Museum?

The first amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, and the right to wave any flag anyone chooses to... But does the Confederate Battle Flag really belong above the South Carolina State House?

Doctors Are Sick—Of Medicine
09:12
2017-09-26 13:40:42 UTC 09:12
Doctors Are Sick—Of Medicine

Craig, Art, and Kelly discuss high burnout rates for doctors and why they are so sick of their profession.

Jellyfish Meat
14:28
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:28
Jellyfish Meat

Thanks to climate change, jellyfish meat might be in your food some day.

Anthem Protest Revisited
20:14
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 20:14
Anthem Protest Revisited

The NFL player protest of the national anthem has only grown in numbers since we last talked about it, and now President Trump is weighing in, so we thought it was time to revisit the subject.

Female Body Hair Removal
17:45
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:45
Female Body Hair Removal

Women go to a lot of work to keep up the appearance that they don't have body hair. So why is this the standard of beauty in the first place?

The Truth
25:27
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 25:27
The Truth

With freedom of speech comes the implicit freedom to lie. So let's talk about "the truth."

Confederate Statues
19:42
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 19:42
Confederate Statues

Confederate statues are scattered all across the Union, and now lots of people want them gone. Is this a matter of free speech? Or is it the erasure of history?

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
27:07
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 27:07
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Free speech is good, hate speech is bad, and you can't have one without the other. So where do we draw the line?

Helping Others (Or Not)
15:50
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 15:50
Helping Others (Or Not)

Is there a moral obligation to help others whose lives are in danger?

Charlie Gard
17:25
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:25
Charlie Gard

This episode is a tough one to listen to, but it's a matter that potentially affects all of us. What do we do when medical science can't help our suffering infants?

Foul Language
17:49
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:49
Foul Language

When White House Communications Directors are giving F-bomb-laced interviews to reporters, it's probably time to have a discussion on the ethics of foul language...

Competitive Eating
10:39
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 10:39
Competitive Eating

Competitive eating—competitions where people cram upwards of 70 hot dogs down their throats in under 10 minutes—is on the rise. Is it a symptom of the greater breakdown of ethics in our society, or is it just good fun?

Celebrity Quackery
18:30
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 18:30
Celebrity Quackery

Gwyneth Paltrow is currently hawking her line of pseudoscientific quackery, and it makes us wonder why people give celebrities a pass. So let's get to the bottom of this, shall we?

Femvertising
16:13
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:13
Femvertising

When advertising cozies up with movements like feminism in order to sell their products, is that ethical?

Perpetually Late
19:24
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 19:24
Perpetually Late

Is it unethical to be late all the time?

Shopping Cart Ethics
16:25
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:25
Shopping Cart Ethics

What could be more 'everyday' than shopping cart ethics? Yes, shopping cart ethics.

Homework
15:10
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 15:10
Homework

The amount of homework our kids take home seems to be doubling each year. Let's take a look at some of the ethics around homework, shall we?

Voice Modulation
16:49
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:49
Voice Modulation

We all use different voices for different times, whether we realize it or not. In some of these cases, there are some ethics to talk about. So basically in this episode we're talking about talking.

Tattoos
14:51
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:51
Tattoos

They're not necessarily symbols of rebellion anymore. They're art.

Airlines These Days
17:39
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:39
Airlines These Days

By now everyone has heard of the United Airlines incident involving a passenger who was beaten and removed from the plane by police because he refused to give up his seat. There were so many ethical issues to pick apart in this story that it was hard to c

Circumcision
15:32
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 15:32
Circumcision

It's an extremely common procedure performed on newborn baby boys... but should it be?

Panhandlers
16:38
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:38
Panhandlers

We all get asked for money from time to time. Should we be forking it over?

Peeing In the Pool
16:55
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:55
Peeing In the Pool

It happens way more often than anyone thinks. In fact, recent research shows that you probably pee in the pool, too. So, we need to talk.

Magic Shoes
16:27
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:27
Magic Shoes

Nike just released some new shoes that they claim will make athletes run faster. Is it ethical to use performance-enhancing shoes in running marathons?

Funding For The Arts
17:35
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:35
Funding For The Arts

The current United States presidential administration has declared that government funding for the arts and humanities will be ended. This is a personal issue to us here at Everyday Ethics, but the implications go far beyond this humble little podcast.

Kill Or No Kill
12:39
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:39
Kill Or No Kill

There are two kinds of animal shelters in America. Which kind should you adopt from?

Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?
15:05
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 15:05
Should Recess Be a Part of School Curriculum?

Legislators keep trying to take recess away from school kids. Why?

Enemy of the People?
20:49
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 20:49
Enemy of the People?

President Trump says that some of the major news media organizations are the "enemy of the people." We actually think this is a good opportunity for some self-reflection of the ethical variety. Journalists, we're talking to you in this episode.

Food Shaming
14:14
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:14
Food Shaming

It's time to stop shaming people for the food they eat, no matter what that might be. There are some very real reasons for why some people eat the way they do.

Death of the Circus
12:28
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:28
Death of the Circus

The circus—that iconic archetype of American pop culture—is coming to an end.

Spies Like Alexa
16:11
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:11
Spies Like Alexa

We now have AI entering our homes, and it's admittedly cool, but let's talk about the fact that these devices are recording everything we do... Where is all that data going?

The Road To Mars
17:39
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:39
The Road To Mars

The road to Mars is paved with good intentions. But is sending people to Mars the right thing for humanity to be focusing on right now? Isn't it enough that we're sending robots there to do our work for us? Aren't there problems on Earth we should tend to before allocating resources to other planets? Well, it turns out the answers to these questions aren't as simple as you'd think.

Marijuana For Athletes
14:39
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:39
Marijuana For Athletes

Even in states where marijuana is legal, professional athletes are forbidden from using it for pain relief. Just about everyone agrees that it's not a performance-enhancing drug, so what's the big deal?

DNA Testing
14:37
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:37
DNA Testing

DNA testing gives us the ability to find out if we are predisposed to illness and it can tell us where our genetic lineage comes from... but those aren't the only things it can do.

Patient Zero
17:39
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:39
Patient Zero

Recently it was discovered that, due to a clerical error, AIDS researchers originally got it wrong when they labeled Gaëtan Dugas as patient zero in the spread of HIV across North America. It turns out that he was one of many at the time. So we decided to examine the ethics surrounding the idea of the search for a patient zero of any kind. Why is it that we always feel the need to find an origin of the things that happen to us?

Anthem Protest
16:10
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:10
Anthem Protest

Many professional athletes are opting to take a knee during the pledge of allegiance at their ball games. Protesting the national anthem is nothing new, but it's always contentious. We decided to have an ethical discussion about the merits of protest, in general, and why protesting the anthem is so divisive.

Groping
19:08
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 19:08
Groping

Groping. It's not just something Donald Trump does. It's a problem all over the world, with a long history. Women are groped by men in airports, in the subway, in the mall, just about everywhere there are crowds of people in close proximity. Why has this been going on for so long without a public uproar? More importantly, what can be done to prevent it? It's time to start a discussion about how common groping is.

70 Is the New 70
19:46
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 19:46
70 Is the New 70

This week we decided to talk about the age of the presidential candidates, and whether that should even matter, but the conversation went beyond the presidency. Age really is just a number, and yes we are living longer than ever before, but faculties still decline in old age, and 70 years old is still 70 years old. There's nothing wrong with taking age into account when sizing up a leader's ability to lead.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

Talking Politics At Work
17:10
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:10
Talking Politics At Work

You probably do it yourself, and even if you don't, you almost certainly work with someone who does... This week we discuss talking about politics at work.

Overdose Photos
17:32
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:32
Overdose Photos

We were asked by a listener of the show if there is an ethical problem with uploading photos or videos of someone who has overdosed on opiods. Well, dear listener, this is what we think...

Georgetown Reparations
17:57
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:57
Georgetown Reparations

Georgetown University recently released a statement offering free education for descendants of the slaves that built the school. That's a big deal. So we decided to look at the ethics surrounding this act.

Healthcare and Capitalism
15:58
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 15:58
Healthcare and Capitalism

This time it was Mylan with their EpiPens. Before that it was Martin Shkrelli with Daraprim. It goes back even further, and will probably happen again. We're talking about pharmaceutical price increases. The system we have now, one of free market capitalism, is not the most ethical framework for healthcare. Fortunately, our ethicists have some ideas for a solution.

Paternalism In Medicine
12:11
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:11
Paternalism In Medicine

A conversation about the origins of the home pregnancy test got us talking about paternalism in medicine—the idea that the doctor knows what's best for the patient, so maybe the patient should rely on the doctor for all the information. It was this mindset that had to be broken when the home pregnancy test was invented. For the most part, that attitude has changed, and patients are much more informed now than ever before. So what can the healthcare industry itself do to help patients maintain this autonomy? What other kits are waiting to be released to the public that could give the same results as a more expensive visit to the doctor's office? It's something to think about.

The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience
14:24
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:24
The Ethics Of Voting Your Conscience

Now that the Bernie or Bust movement busted, and there are still people who choose to vote for a third party, or not at all, we figured it was time to talk about the ethics of voting your conscience instead of the perceived greater good. This one's a thinker.

Those Photos Of Melania Trump
18:52
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 18:52
Those Photos Of Melania Trump

Those racy photos of Melania Trump that were just published in the British GQ magazine have caused quite a stir in the media. There was some inappropriate shaming going on, and it was coming from several directions. Let's talk about those photos, shall we?

Zika In Florida
17:45
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:45
Zika In Florida

It's already happening... there are mosquitoes in Florida that carry Zika, and it's likely that the virus will find its way north from there. It's time to do something about Zika.

Performance Enhancements
17:14
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:14
Performance Enhancements

Performance enhancements can be more than just drugs. There's bionic shoulder replacements and LASIK surgery, too! Let's talk about things that could be considered performance enhancements, and the ethics concerning them.

Plagiarism
18:06
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 18:06
Plagiarism

We here at Everyday Ethics were raised with the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you are going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect. So we set out to pass these values on to the next generation; to show all children everywhere that the only limit to your achievements is your willingness to podcast your dreams... In other words, this week's episode is about plagiarism.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
17:27
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:27
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent dismissal of Roger Ailes at Fox News was a reminder that sexual harassment is still alive and well in workplaces all across the world. We decided it was time to give the topic the Everyday Ethics treatment.

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Bereavement Leave
13:59
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 13:59
Bereavement Leave

Most companies have a bereavement policy for their employees, but often times they leave a little bit to be desired. Maybe it's time we revisit the way paid time off is handled.

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Outed In the Worst Way Possible
14:34
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:34
Outed In the Worst Way Possible

One thing that hasn't been discussed yet, in regards to the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, is the fact that there were many people who were involved in this crisis who were outed as gay when they were otherwise trying to keep that

Tragedy and HIPAA
16:37
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:37
Tragedy and HIPAA

HIPAA is a federal law that was meant to protect everyone's private medical information, but as tragedies such as the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando have demonstrated, it also makes it difficult for concerned families to find any information about their loved ones during a crisis. In many cases, the confusion results from the healthcare practitioners not being properly educated about the law, unnecessarily delaying contact with family. In this episode we discuss if there might be a way to update the healthcare industry about what they can and cannot say about patients during a crisis.

Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill
15:55
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 15:55
Tennessee's New Mental Health Bill

Tennessee just passed a bill that allows mental health counselors to opt out of treating patients if it goes against personal values to do so. This, of course, can be interpreted in several ways, and they are all on shaky ethical ground. Is mental health care about the patient, or the counselor?

Textbooks and Professors
17:00
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:00
Textbooks and Professors

Sometimes professors write textbooks, and sometimes these professors use their own textbooks in their courses, assuring plenty of book sales. Is this ethical?

When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits
16:10
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:10
When Kids Fall Into Gorilla Exhibits

A young boy somehow ended up in the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinatti Zoo, and a gorilla was shot and killed as a result. Critics say the zoo acted impulsively, and that the gorilla didn't need to be killed. Experts say otherwise. What do the ethicists say?

GMOs are... Good?
14:22
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:22
GMOs are... Good?

GMOs are good. There, we said it. It doesn't mean that companies like Monsanto have your best interests at heart, or that their reputations aren't well deserved. We're just saying that GMOs could save the world, and it's time we gave them a chance.

Sharenting
12:15
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:15
Sharenting

Are you oversharing everything your children do? It's fine while they're babies, but eventually they can be embarrassed or otherwise upset by the things you post about them on social media. This week we talk about how to respect your children's privacy.

The Ethics of... Hockey?
12:50
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:50
The Ethics of... Hockey?

One could make the argument that hockey is known more its fights than for its, well, hockey. So we decided to talk about this a little bit. Why is it that hockey allows and encourages fighting, and what does it say about the sport's ethics?

Grieving the Death of a Celebrity
11:49
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 11:49
Grieving the Death of a Celebrity

Whenever a celebrity dies, it hits us hard. Yet, in most cases, we didn't even know him or her. Why is it that we are impacted so much by the loss of someone we've never even met?

Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?
16:16
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:16
Why Don't Men Go to the Doctor More Often?

Come on, men. Admit it. You don't go to the doctor as often as you should. Sure, you're strong, and you take care of yourself, you even exercise religiously... so why see a doctor? Well, here are a few reasons.

Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces
13:32
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 13:32
Cell Phones and the Etiquette of Public Spaces

Have you ever been stuck in a situation where you are being forced to listen to someone's loud cell phone conversation in a public space? Have you ever been the one talking loudly on your phone while others around you give you dirty looks? Whether it's on a train, a bus, or even in a restaurant, this can be a nuisance to those in the vicinity. In this episode we talk about the etiquette of public spaces, and it isn't just limited to loud phone calls.

The Ethics of Tipping
14:54
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:54
The Ethics of Tipping

Do you tip your hairdresser? What about the hotel concierge? The bathroom attendant? How much do you give him? Most people know they are expected to tip restaurant servers and taxi drivers, but there are so many other people we encounter on a daily basis who work for tips, and they are expecting us to hand it over... The problem is, we don't always know that.

Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data
16:18
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:18
Wellness Programs vs. Your Private Data

Employers like wellness programs because healthy employees are productive employees... but with all the information sharing that comes along with fitbits and smartphone apps, your employer might be learning a little too much about you.

Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket
12:45
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:45
Pre Peeled Oranges at the Supermarket

The Twitterverse was all abuzz recently because the Whole Foods supermarket began selling pre peeled oranges. Yes, that is a thing that people get upset about these days. So the question is, why does it matter?

Who Pays For Risk?
12:24
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:24
Who Pays For Risk?

A handful of guys are setting off in a rowboat to row from Portugal to Venezuela, and it got us thinking... who pays for their rescue if things go wrong?

This One's a Real Head-Scratcher
13:17
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 13:17
This One's a Real Head-Scratcher

Head lice are a common pest that affect almost all children at some point in their lives. But the way we go about dealing with the infestations is a bit antiquated. There are better, more ethical ways of dealing with the problem.

Breastfeeding In Public
14:10
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:10
Breastfeeding In Public

It's the 21st century... Why do we have to do an episode of Everyday Ethics about breastfeeding?

Coming Out of the Infertility Closet
19:30
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 19:30
Coming Out of the Infertility Closet

Infertility is a difficult condition to deal with for the people going through it. But as it turns out, talking about infertility is difficult for everyone else. It's time to accept the fact that those suffering through it could use a little empathy from the rest of us.

Thermostat Wars
13:46
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 13:46
Thermostat Wars

You know how everyone always wants the temperature to be different than what it is? Well, who is right?

The Zika Virus
18:44
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 18:44
The Zika Virus

Officials in Central and South America are warning women not to get pregnant for the next two years due to the presence of a virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, that is known to cause birth defects. The very idea of preventing any pregnancies in an entire geographic population is rife with ethical issues, and we discuss some of them in this week's episode.

Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist
15:47
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 15:47
Sean Penn: Citizen Journalist

By now you have heard about that interview of El Chapo by Sean Penn. Not withstanding that it led to the subsequent recapture of the fugitive drug smuggler, it was talked about quite a bit in the news for its rambling, incoherent style. Now, anyone can be a journalist, especially in this internet age we are in, so we aren't faulting Penn for having conducted the interview... What concerns us is that it doesn't appear to have been edited, and it was published in Rolling Stone, which is a tenured publication that presumably should have known better. How did this happen?

Jerks At Work
13:31
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 13:31
Jerks At Work

Toxic workers. We've all worked with them before. They spread rumors, they take credit for work they didn't do, and they get promoted while you quit your job. So what can we do about this without becoming jerks ourselves?

Star Wars
14:24
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:24
Star Wars

Is the new Star Wars movie safe for young children to watch? Here are some things to consider...

CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy
17:29
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 17:29
CRISPR—Genome Editing Made Easy

The discovery that certain naturally-occurring segments of DNA called CRISPRs can be used to easily edit genomes has all but guaranteed us that genetic modification is here to stay. We already know the technique will be useful for medical purposes, such as disease prevention... but what's to stop us from using it for eugenics?

Volkswagen's Emissions Scam
14:26
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:26
Volkswagen's Emissions Scam

Let's talk about that emissions scandal... Not only was it dishonest what VW did but it was downright deceptive. How could a company compromise its ethics like that?

Santa Claus
08:33
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 08:33
Santa Claus

That whole Santa Claus thing we tell kids... That's okay, right?

Patriotic Payola
15:34
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 15:34
Patriotic Payola

It was recently revealed that all of those majestic fighter jet flyovers and military marching band performances during professional sports games are paid for by the Pentagon. Is this a form of propaganda? Does it even matter?

Gun Violence
13:06
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 13:06
Gun Violence

We have a gun problem in America. There—we said it.

Blood For Fines
13:30
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 13:30
Blood For Fines

A judge in Alabama decided to give people a choice when they stood before him... They could pay their fines, or they could donate blood. It might seem like a nice idea on the surface, but there are a few ethical problems with this approach.

Snapchat Surgery
16:33
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:33
Snapchat Surgery

Forget surgery theaters—now we have smartphones and Snapchat. But is it ethical for surgeons to be live-streaming tummy tucks and butt lifts for all the world to see?

From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America
16:38
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:38
From Quarantine to Lawsuit—Ebola in America

That New Jersey nurse who was forced into a makeshift quarantine after being exposed to Ebola is suing the state. What have we learned from that whole debacle?

Doctors and Donations
14:56
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:56
Doctors and Donations

Doctors are being instructed to ask patients in remission for financial donations to their medical centers. Do people who donate get better treatment than the rest of us?

Sex Robots Are Coming
12:35
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:35
Sex Robots Are Coming

It's only a matter of time before sex robots become a thing... But should they be?

The Ashley Madison Hack
14:55
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 14:55
The Ashley Madison Hack

The recent hack of the Ashley Madison website brought up several issues worthy of ethical discussion. In this episode, we talk about monogamy, cheating, hacking, outing, and some of the fallout that occurs as a result.

Health Insurance Mergers
15:48
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 15:48
Health Insurance Mergers

Two of the health insurance giants are merging, and that begs the question... Are we heading toward a healthcare monopoly?

Participation Trophies
10:58
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 10:58
Participation Trophies

Are we doing our kids any favors by rewarding them just for showing up?

Jimmy Carter Has Cancer
16:05
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 16:05
Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

President Jimmy Carter recently announced that he has cancer, and this has allowed the nation to discuss the topic of death, and dealing with terminal diagnoses.

Physician-Assisted Dying
12:26
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:26
Physician-Assisted Dying

The increasing acceptance of physician-assisted dying, or assisted suicide, raises many ethical questions.

Separation Of Church And State
12:03
2017-10-05 04:31:27 UTC 12:03
Separation Of Church And State

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is still in the news, talking about her right to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, on religious grounds... But what happened to separation of church and state?

Have Your Coke and Drink It Too
14:32
2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 14:32
Have Your Coke and Drink It Too

Coca-Cola has come out with some new exercise guidelines that they claim will offset the calories that are consumed by drinking Coke products. No one's buying this... Right?

The Menstruating Marathon Runner
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2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 17:09
The Menstruating Marathon Runner

The woman who ran the London Marathon while menstruating has provided us all with an opportunity to discuss why we don't discuss menstruation.

The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward
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2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 14:30
The On-Air Killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward

Reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were murdered on location during a live shot for WDBJ-TV, resulting in at least two videos of their deaths. How should the media and the public treat these videos?

Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You
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2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 09:27
Terminator Robots—Coming Soon To a War Near You

Experts are calling on the United Nations to ban killer robots before they are unleashed upon mankind... Which is apparently only years away from happening.

Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?
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2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 08:38
Did Psychologists Bend the Rules to Justify Torture?

Members of the American Medical Association stand accused of working with the government to find ways of justifying the use of torture. Craig, Kelly, and Art discuss the implications.

That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One
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2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 12:18
That Planned Parenthood Video—You Know The One

A severely-edited undercover video recently surfaced purporting to show a Planned Parenthood executive engaging in nefarious discussions about the sale of fetal tissue for profit. But is that what actually happened?

R.I.P. Cecil the Lion
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2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 11:00
R.I.P. Cecil the Lion

The illegal killing of Cecil the lion has sparked outrage the entire world over, and has forced its killer into hiding. But it has also renewed discussions about whether big game hunting is even necessary to conservation efforts.

Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?
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2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 13:34
Trump For President—Politics Or Entertainment?

The Huffington Post recently announced they would no longer report on Donald Trump's candidacy as anything other than entertainment, and many reporters around the country are struggling to make sense of how to report on him at all. Is Trump a serious contender for President of the United States, or just a political sideshow?

Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon
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2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 10:44
Slave Wages At Your Local Nail Salon

Manicures and pedicures keep getting cheaper... and that comes at a price.

The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God
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2017-10-05 04:31:28 UTC 10:34
The Pope Declares Climate Change a Result of Man—Not God

With the release of Pope Francis' new encyclical, climate change is deemed the result of mankind, and not God. But is he influential enough to affect global politics?