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The Forks Estate: Native leaders on the portrayal of their culture

(11/08/18 3:43am)

In this episode of Forks Estate, Cassandra Laubach talks with Josiah Lester, one of the vice presidents of Native Leaders for Change, about how native people are used as mascots for sports teams, mainly the Washington Redskins. Lester explains how it is not the word "Redskin" that is offensive, but the modern context in which it is used. He says "it's as if they don't see us as a modern entity." Lester goes on to explain his resentment of this portrayal, "... It keeps you up to a certain standard when you're people are labeled after a national football team and that's what they're most known for. Not their tribal teachings or what else we have to offer."

Forks Estate: Experts explain why it is still so hot in Phoenix

(09/21/18 4:22am)

Have you been wondering why Phoenix doesn't seem to be cooling down? It's normal for Phoenix and its surrounding areas to experience high temperatures but Phoenix has now become affected by urban heat island effect. This is when a city does not cool down at night. It's predominately caused in cities when people use too much energy or when natural vegetation and landscape is cleared. In this Forks Estate episode, Cassandra Laubach spoke with three experts about how to define urban heat island effect, what causes it, and how can we combat it. Her guests include ASU School of Sustainability graduate and current instructor Brigitte Bavousett, Director of Environmental Research Initiatives at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus Albert Brown, and the president of the Central Arizona Chapter of The Society for Conservation Biology Corinne Johnson. 

A look at what went into the making of the documentary 'Seeking Asylum'

(04/20/18 2:36am)

In this episode of the Forks Estate, podcast host Cassandra Laubach talks about the new documentary "Seeking Asylum" which follows a group of students from ASU's West campus who went to Greece to help refugees. Cassandra spoke with the program's director, Julie Murphy Erfani, about why she thinks students decide to participate in this program. Of the less than 20 students who where chosen to participate, Erfani says that some students have future career goals to help refugees and that the other students who participated wanted to help for ethical reasons. Cassandra also spoke with the director of the documentary, Dave Hunt, about what the experience was like for the students and himself. Hunt explains that his time making the documentary gave him a greater appreciation for what he has. 

A conversation about the March for Our Lives demonstrations in Phoenix

(04/08/18 8:35pm)

In this episode of Forks Estate, Cassandra Laubach has a conversation with March for Our Lives organizer and high school student Jordan Harb about his goals for gun reform in Arizona. Harb said that the March for Our Lives movement has taken on a three-point stance: universal background checks, a ban on bump stocks and more funding for school counselors. Harb said that universal background checks are important because he believes that it is too easy to purchase a gun in Arizona from sources such as gun shows. Harb also mentioned that he believes that more funding for counselors at schools will help students receive the help they need before a school shooting would happen. Those who did not agree with March for Our Lives' stance told AZ Central that they viewed gun restrictions as a violation to their Second Amendment rights, and that they think that the best way to protect students is to arm teachers. 

Dork's Estate: A conversation about living on Mars

(03/16/18 3:27am)

In this episode of The Dork's Estate, Cassandra Laubach speaks with the president of the Planetary Society, Jim Bell, about a company that wants to send people to live on Mars. Bell has helped the company, Space X, understand more about the planet. Space X's main goal is to make space colonization a reality in the near future. Space X is an innovative company that is discovering new ways for people to not only visit Mars, but to also live there. Bell, who is an expert on Mars, explains that he thinks that this goal a reality and that trips to Mars may someday become as routine as an airplane flight.