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Teaching Telenovelas | Squirrel Census | Logical Fallacies

Telenovelas are Spanish language entertainment known for over-the-top storylines, but a class at the University of Georgia examines how telenovelas reflect and shape the everyday lives of those who watch them. Plus, Jamie Allen is a fiction writer living in Atlanta with an unusual hobby. In 2012, he assembled a team of to try and figure out just how many squirrels were living in Inman Park. And what is a logical fallacy? If you stop using them, you can win arguments the right way.



Full Show - October 13, 2015

Jamie Allen is a fiction writer living in Atlanta with an unusual hobby. In 2012, he assembled a team of experts (veterinarians, researchers, and staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) to try and figure out just how many squirrels were living in Inman Park. Allen and his team are back this year to do a new “squirrel census” and they’ve expanded to other parts of the city. This time, there are even ambassadors on college campuses across the East Coast. Host Celeste Headlee talks to Allen and his “field commander” Josh O’Connor.

Plus, telenovelas are Spanish language entertainment known for steamy romances and over-the-top storylines, but a class at the University of Georgia looks beyond the drama and studies how telenovelas reflect and shape the everyday lives of those who watch them. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with University of Georgia Associate Professor Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and two of her students about the class, part of our "Lessons From Left Field" series. Then, we add two more homegrown songs to our ever-growing "Georgia Playlist."

Then, who doesn’t love to win an argument against a co-worker, family member or spouse? Well, what if you’ve been doing it all wrong? In the latest edition of our “Break It Down” series, host Celeste Headlee explains some common logical fallacies, or flaws in reasoning. She’ll be joined by Sandy Dwyer, senior lecturer of philosophy at Georgia State University and co-author of “Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument.”