Lying To Grandma

Many families will deal with an older relative who has dementia. As their memories fade, should you try to bring them back to the real world or embrace their new reality? Some believe that is better to withhold some information to avoid upsetting them. Join us as we discuss the ethics of this difficult issue.

You can read the article we mentioned here.

Presidential Press Conferences

The recent clash between President Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta has inspired a lot of debate. Our Kelly McBride and her colleagues at the Poynter Institute say Acosta was not using best practices as a journalist. Others defended the reporter and say Trump was the instigator. This week we examine the ethics of presidential press conferences.

You can read Kelly’s commentary here.

Flu Shot

Did you get your flu shot? You should, even if you rarely get sick. The vaccine helps every person you come in to contact with. You can spread it to others without ever experiencing the symptoms.

Diplomacy

The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi Arabian government in Turkey has highlighted the often difficult diplomatic relationships that we have with other countries. This week we discuss the ethics of diplomacy.

Lawnmower Parents

The helicopter parent has recently been overtaken by the lawnmower parent. Instead of looking over their children’s shoulders, they actively mow down any obstacle in their path. Should kids have help in tackling the issues of everyday life or should they be allowed to work it out for themselves? Join us as we discuss the ethics of this new parenting trend.

Lawns

Most American homes have a stereotypical lawn. Green grass that stretches from house to house down the block. The very idea of lawns and their maintenance touches on almost every known ethical issue. This week, we dig in to the ethics of lawns.

Evacuations

Public officials often issue mandatory evacuations for things like hurricanes, but many people choose to ignore them and hunker down. This week we discuss the ethics of deciding to stay or go when confronting a natural disaster.

Sleep

Benjamin Franklin once said, “there will be sleeping enough in the grave.” Sleep is often portrayed in a negative light, but is essential to our mental and physical health. This week we discuss the ethics of why society disparages sleep.

Flipping

There has been a lot of talk recent weeks about flipping – also known as squealing, ratting someone out or turning state’s evidence. President Trump’s close associates have been making deals to save themselves while informing on their former friends. It happens all the time in our justice system, but is flipping ethical?