August 17, 2012

The Accordian Family: Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition

Katherin S. Newman, Ph.D., James B. Knapp Dean of the Zanvyl Kieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Host: David Inge

In the U.S. and in other affluent nations, growing numbers of young adults in their 20s and 30s are living with their parents. Sociologist Katherine Newman says that while this kind of doubling-up has long been seen in families that were less well-off, the middle class has never before needed to provide a long-term economic safety net for their grown children. We’ll explore this change with Katherine Newman, author of "The Accordion Family." The book looks at the ways global economic conditions have redefined family life.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 10 am


August 06, 2012

Money Well Spent? The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan

Michael Grabell, Journalist

Host: David Inge

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as “the stimulus,” was the biggest economic recovery plan in history.  It’s estimated to have created or saved millions of jobs, although it did not  bring about a strong, sustainable recovery. So was it a success, or a failure? Our guest will be Michael Grabell, a reporter at ProPublica and author of the new book "Money Well Spent." The book attempts to answer the question: Was, in fact, the taxpayers' money well spent?

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 11 am


August 01, 2012

The New Geography of Jobs

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


July 19, 2012

Finding Food in Farm Country

Dave Bishop, farmer, PrairiErth Farm

Terra Brockman, founder and executive director of the Land Connection, steering committee member of The Edible Economy Project

Kenneth Meter, MPA, President, Crossroads Resource Center (by phone)

Host: Kimberlie Kranich

Approximately 95% of the food we eat in Illinois, comes from someplace else.  The farmland in Illinois is some of the richest in the nation and the state’s economy is one of the worst. A growing number of people in central Illinois are working together to build clusters of regional food businesses to aid economic recovery and increase residents’ access to fresh food.  We’ll explore the idea of “local” foods as a strategy for economic recovery in Illinois and the nation and dig into specific efforts in central Illinois.


July 17, 2012

A Family Farm: Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm

Robert L. Switzer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

Over the past hundred years the United States lost two-thirds of its family-operated farms. We’ll bring you the story of one such farm as we talk with Robert Switzer, author of "A Family Farm." The book tells the story of life on a Northern Illinois dairy farm beginning in 1916, the time of the author’s grandparents. The story ends when the farm is sold in 1991. The author says millions of these stories, often sad ones, could be told, but they are rapidly being lost.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, May 07, 2012, 10 am


August 01, 2008

The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat

Guest: Eric Roston.

Carbon has always been seen as the ubiquitous building block of life, necessary to the rise of living organisms. But since the start of the industrial age, carbon has contributed to the destruction of the ozone layer. Today on Focus, we're joined by journalist Eric Roston, author of The Carbon Age. He'll talk about the ways humans have used carbon throughout history and how it's only now, at the brink of catastrophe, that we are beginning to recognize the effects it has had on our environment.

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