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February 27, 2021

Struggling Teenagers, the Surprising Importance of Insects, & the Texas Energy Meltdown
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Teenagers Struggling Through Lockdowns
The pandemic lockdowns created many challenges for every American, including social isolation, which has had a severe impact on teens and young adults. We'll talk to Gregory Koufacos, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor who specializes in working with young men, author of "The Primal Method: A Book for Emerging Men," who says research has found high levels of anxiety and depression in this age group. He'll discuss the issue and the surprising value of video gaming, outdoor activities and jobs for young men who are struggling.
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The Critical Role of Insects in Our World
While they may be annoying, experts say humans couldn't exist without insects. We'll hear from Akito Kawahara, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Florida, Curator of the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, to learn why everyone should be concerned by studies that sound the alarm about plummeting insect numbers and diversity.
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The Texas Energy Meltdown
The nation was shocked at the recent collapse of the Texas electrical grid. Are other areas of the country at risk of similar outages? We'll find out from Ed Hirs, PhD, Lecturer and Energy Fellow at the University of Houston Department of Economics.
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