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Mar. 27, 2012

On Tuesday's show we discuss people who want to use robots to make their work easier, how frequently people act like robots out of habit and what happens when humans are expected to act robotically and don't. All that plus the top three stories at three o'clock.

Listen to the first hour of the show

 

Power of Habit- Scientists believe that as many as 40% of our daily actions aren't the result our decisions, but our habits.  Why do we do what we do in life and in business?  Award-winning New York Times reporter Charles DuHigg went in search of the answer to that question in his new book, The Power of Habit.

I, Robot- Dan Weissmann is building the knowledge to build a robot that can get him out of meetings.  We catch up on Dan’s progress, and the meeting he attended at SXSW that was hosted by a robot

3 @ 3- Huffington Post Chicago Editor Jen Sabella and WBEZ blogger Claire Zulkey lay out the three most talked about stories of the day.

Listen to the second hour of the show

 

U of I Coaching Conundrum- How are things at the University of Illinois with all of the bad buzz--from the resignation of President Hogan to firing (and trouble replacing) basketball coach Bruce Weber--coming out of Champaign? We talk to Nathaniel Lash, Managing Editor of Reporting for the Daily Illini.

Tech- Who's watching YOU?  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its final report on protecting consumers' privacy online yesterday.  In it, the FTC urges businesses to both protect the consumers, and give the consumers more control over their online privacy.  The Chicago Tribune's Wailin Wong joins us to talk about the state of online privacy from a business-consumer perspective, and unpack the FTC report.

PTSD- Some say the soldier accused of the massacre of 16 people in an Afghani village, Sgt Robert Bales, may have been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The incident is raising new questions about what is PTSD and what isn't - and how trauma affects everyone from soldiers and journalists in war to residents of violent urban neighborhoods. We'll talk with one of the nation's leading experts on PTSD, Dr. Frank Ochsberg.