Episode 79: The Trouble With Phubbing

A man and woman, side by side, paying more attention to their phones than to each other, in what is known as "phubbing."

This week, we talk to Ryan Allred ’20 Ph.D. about “phubbing”: the act of being too distracted by your phone to give your full attention to the person right in front of you. We also talk with Professor Nathanael Okpych about his book “Climbing a Broken Ladder,” which provides insight into how children in foster care can be provided with better opportunities to succeed in college. Finally, we visit 1935, a time when the University was convulsed by debate over, well, debate itself.