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WILL - Focus - August 03, 2012

Powering The Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology

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(Duration: 55:01)

Alexid Madrigal, a Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Host: David Inge

In 1900, people could use the sun to heat water for their homes. They could ride across New York City in an electric cab. In 1945 you could have bought a solar home or a one-megawatt wind turbine. Green technology has been viable for more than a century, so…why aren’t we using it? Our guest will be Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at the Atlantic and author of "Powering the Dream." His book explores the history of green technology, and argues that history has the potential to reshape the way we think about energy today.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11 am

Categories: Energy

WILL - Focus - August 03, 2012

Citizen Participation in Public Life

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(Duration: 55:01)

Richard C. Harwood, Founder and President of The Harwood Institue for Public Innovation

Host: David Inge

We are often told that Americans have given up on politics. But, if they have, it’s not because they don’t care. We’ll talk with someone who has spent the last 20 years helping individuals and organizations identify the issues that matter most in their communities. Our guest will be Richard Harwood, founder of the Harwood Institute.  We’ll  talk about the ongoing work of the Institute--encouraging people to think differently about politics and public life. He'll tell us about some of the comments he heard in listening sessions in communities across the country, including ours.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 10 am

Categories: Politics

WILL - Focus - August 02, 2012

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

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(Duration: 55:01)

Katherine Boo, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Pulitzer Prize Winner

Host: David Inge
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo has written about the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities. Her book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" is based on three years of uncompromising reporting.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, February 20, 2012, 11 am



WILL - Focus - August 01, 2012

The New Geography of Jobs

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(Duration: 55:01)

Enrico Moretti Ph.D., the Michael Peevey and Donald Vial Career Development Chair in Labor Economics, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Host: David Inge

Economist Enrico Moretti says that today there are three Americas. At one extreme are those cities with a strong innovation sector; at the other, cities once dominated by traditional manufacturing in the middle are cities that could go either way. And where you live, as well as who you are, will determine how successful you will be in the economy of tomorrow. We explore "The New Geography of Jobs"  with Enrico Moretti from the University of California at Berkeley.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11 am

Categories: Economics, Geography

WILL - Focus - August 01, 2012

Too Big To Know

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(Duration: 55:01)

Too Big To Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

David Weinberger, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, Harvard University

Host: David Inge

There was a time when knowledge rested in a small number of places. Today, there is more to know, and more places to find it than ever before. But has that made us smarter, or just more confused? Our guest will be David Weinberger from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. His book "Too Big to Know" looks at the ways that the Internet has made the world messier, but also richer in information. It’s an opportunity, he says, for us to become smarter than ever.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, January 13, 2012, 10 am


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