ethics

Pandemic Ethics

Jul 10, 2020
Registered Nurse Janice Tatonetti, right, takes the temperature of Harry Pearson before he votes in Ohio's primary election at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

This episode originally aired on June 17, 2020.

The pandemic has heightened a host of ethical dilemmas, from medical decisions about which patient to save to social quandaries about mask-wearing etiquette.

As far back as the 14th century, people living through plagues and pandemics have sorted through modern versions of the same essential questions.

Pandemic Ethics

Jun 19, 2020
Registered Nurse Janice Tatonetti, right, takes the temperature of Harry Pearson before he votes in Ohio's primary election at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

This episode originally aired on June 17, 2020.

The pandemic has heightened a host of ethical dilemmas, from medical decisions about which patient to save to social quandaries about mask-wearing etiquette.

As far back as the 14th century, people living through plagues and pandemics have sorted through modern versions of the same essential questions.

Pandemic Ethics

Jun 17, 2020
Registered Nurse Janice Tatonetti, right, takes the temperature of Harry Pearson before he votes in Ohio's primary election at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The pandemic has heightened a host of ethical dilemmas, from medical decisions about which patient to save to social quandaries about mask-wearing etiquette.

As far back as the 14th century, people living through plagues and pandemics have sorted through modern versions of the same essential questions.

President Trump and the U.S. Air Force are trying to tamp down questions about conflicts of interest that erupted over stays by Air Force personnel at Trump's luxury golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland.

The House oversight committee is investigating, and Air Force spokesman Brig. Gen. Edward Thomas says the Air Force is reviewing "all guidance pertaining to selection of airports and lodging accommodations during international travels."

Former Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci
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Independent ethics investigators say former Congressman Jim Renacci misused official resources for his campaigns for governor in 2017 and U.S. Senator last year.

In the not-too-distant future, fully autonomous vehicles will drive our streets. These cars will need to make split-second decisions to avoid endangering human lives — both inside and outside of the vehicles.

Airport destinations and departures video board
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The ongoing federal investigation into former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger raises questions about travel activities of lawmakers. Rosenberger has close ties with payday lending lobbyists who allegedly paid for some of his travel.

"I will remain on the ballot," declared Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., on Wednesday, just hours after pleading not guilty to charges of fraud, conspiracy and lying to investigators.

But Collins could be a drag on the GOP ticket nationally, as Democrats seize on his insider trading case to convince voters to put them in power.

If Scott Pruitt arrived on Capitol Hill expecting to be grilled Wednesday, he did not have to wait long to see that expectation fulfilled.

What Psychological Experiments Have Taught Us

Mar 30, 2018
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Psychological experiments have been used for decades to dive into the minds of humans. Researchers have used them to learn more about how we think and act on our thoughts. 

A production of the play “Opening Skinner’s Box” at Wexner Center for the Arts delves into the stories behind the studies and considers the world of  B.F. Skinner and his ilk.

Today, All Sides Weekend host Clare Roth looks back at the most impactful psychological experiments of the 20th century and what we’ve learned.  

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The Ohio State Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday morning to revoke a former student's Ph.D., after an article she co-authored was retracted from an academic journal last year.

Nepotism in the White House

Jun 14, 2017
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President Trump's daughter, Ivanka, has an office in the West Wing and high-level security clearances. Trump’s son-in-law, and Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, is a White House senior advisor. Despite an obvious conflict of interest, presidential nepotism is not new. 

 Today we examine the history of familial favoritism in the White House.   

The Trump administration agreed late Friday to disclose records regarding former lobbyists it has hired, and the ethics rules it has waived for them. The move defuses a brewing conflict between the White House and one of Washington's smallest agencies, the tiny, 71-worker Office of Government Ethics.

Updated at 10:08 p.m. ET.

The Office of Government Ethics has rejected a White House attempt to block the agency's compilation of federal ethics rules waivers granted to officials hired into the Trump administration from corporations and lobbying firms.

The Office of Government Ethics has informed the Trump administration that the White House has an "incorrect" view of ethics laws.

In a Thursday letter, OGE director Walter Shaub contradicted what he called the White House's "extraordinary assertion," made in a recent letter, that "many regulations promulgated by the Office of Government Ethics ('OGE') do not apply to employees of the Executive Office of the President."

Shaub was having no part of that: "The assertion is incorrect, and the letter cites no legal basis for it."

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