Foundations Unit

How Hard Is It to Change Someone's Mind?

SpicesSOURCE: THIS AMERICAN LIFE
Why do men "catcall" women? It never works and yet they persist. This podcast profiles the efforts of one woman to convince one man that what he is doing is wrong. Students will get a chance to practice converting arguments into the form of a syllogism and insight into just how difficult it can be to get someone to see that their beliefs are wrong. Warning: podcast contains curse words. 
USED WITH: CRITICAL THINKING DAY 1: THINKING FAST AND SLOW

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Human Capitalization: Carlos Can't Remember

CarlosSOURCE: MALCOLM GLADWELL'S REVISIONIST HISTORY
Is America good at capitalization? Do most Americans get a chance to fully realize their potential? The podcast tells the story of Carlos, a brilliant young man from Los Angeles who - despite being given a chance to attend one of the best boarding schools in the country - is still unable to attend because of problems linked to poverty in general and a chaotic home life in particular. 
Students should listen to the podcast (30 minutes) and then fill out the response sheet.
USED WITH: EARLY GOVERNMENT DAY 3: THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Listen to the podcast  Response Sheet (Word)