episode 149

Trump Trial Date, Diet Coke → Cancer?, End of DEI?, Best/Worst Jobs

A new report from the World Health Organization suggests that aspartame, the widely used artificial sweetener, may cause cancer. Should Americans worry about this? Chief diversity officers were some of the hottest hires in corporate America two years ago, but some high-profile companies have started to say goodbye to this role. Ravi and Rikki dissect the new trend and question whether this is the beginning of the end for corporate America’s push for social justice. Lastly, the hosts review a new poll that shows what Americans want at work in order to achieve happiness, impact, and adequate pay.


Diet Coke & Cancer [05:08]

Diet Coke Isn’t Going To Give You Cancer (Reason, 7/14/23)
Aspartame hazard and risk assessment results released (World Health Organization, 7/14/23)
FDA Response to External Safety Reviews of Aspartame (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 7/14/23)
FDA says soda sweetener aspartame is safe, disagreeing with WHO finding on possible cancer link (CNBC, 7/14/23)
American Foods That Are Banned Abroad—and How They Can Impact Your Health (Yahoo, 4/29/23)
Does artificial sweetener aspartame really cause cancer? What the WHO listing means for your diet soft drink habit (The Conversation, 7/13/23)
Aspartame is a possible carcinogen: the science behind the decision (Nature, 7/14/23)
Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer (National Cancer Institute, 7/15/23)
Aspartame Is a Possible Cause of Cancer in Humans, a W.H.O. Agency Says (New York Times, 7/13/23)
Global Artificial Sweetener Market (Market Data Forecast, 3/1/23)
Artificial Sweeteners Market Snapshot (2023-2033) (Future Market Insights, 7/23)
The Worldwide Artificial Sweetener Industry is Expected to Reach $9.35 Billion by 2028 (Cisicion, 1/25/23)
Americans are consuming less sugar and more sweeteners, but experts say that’s not necessarily an improvement (Insider, 7/28/20)
Despite Aspartame Warning, Beverage Companies Likely to Stick With It (New York Times, 7/14/23)
Sugar substitutes linked to heart disease, stroke risk (UCI Health, 9/9/22)

End of DEI? [14:47]

The Rise and Fall of the Chief Diversity Officer (Wall Street Journal, 7/21/23)
What Has (and Hasn’t) Changed About Being a Chief Diversity Officer (Harvard Business Review, 9/23/22)
No One Is Happy About Diversity Efforts at Work (Washington Post, 7/2/23)
Companies That Embraced Social Issues Have Second Thoughts (Washington Post, 6/6/23)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace (Pew Research, 5/17/23)
The Forefront of Meaningful Change (World 50, 2023)
Is DEI’s Bad Rap Justified? (Forbes, 7/29/23)
The DEI Industry Needs to Check Its Privilege (The Atlantic, 5/31/23)
The problem with diversity and inclusion initiatives (Fortune, 5/18/22)
DEI’s critics are missing the point. The real story is how companies have been quietly backsliding on diversity and gender equity (Fortune, 5/21/23)
What if Diversity Training Is Doing More Harm Than Good? (New York Times, 1/17/23)
Are Workplace Diversity Programs Doing More Harm Than Good? (New York Times, 8/11/22)
Corporate diversity database: A USA TODAY investigative series inside the nation’s most powerful companies (USA Today, 2/16/23)
Culture wars are spreading to work: Republican and Democrat workers deeply divided over DEI (USA Today, 5/17/23)Is there a diversity issue among chief diversity officers? (Fast Company, 4/28/23)

Best/Worst Jobs [30:43]

Americans’ rankings of 30 occupations (YouGov, 7/20/23)
The happiest, least stressful, most meaningful jobs in America (Washington Post, 1/6/23)
Workers Are (Supposedly) Happier Than Ever With Their Jobs (Money, 5/11/23)
85-year Harvard study found that people with this type of job tend to be the unhappiest (CNBC, 5/19/23)
Job Satisfaction Is Rising: What’s Behind The Surprising Tend (Forbes, 6/4/23)
The Only Career Advice You’ll Ever Need (The Atlantic, 5/18/23)
24+ Surprising Job Satisfaction Statistics For 2022: Average Job Satisfaction In The United States (Enterprise Apps Today, 8/11/23)
The Psychology Behind Workplace Happiness (Zenefits, 6/29/22)