Economist Dean Baker tells Steve Paulson that while overall the economy is doing well, only the wealthy are sharing in the new prosperity; and that given the way our political campaign system works, that's unlikely to change. Baker is with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.SEGMENT 2:
Alan Zuckerman, Director of the National Youth Employment Coalition in Washington, D.C., tells Judith Strasser that young people are having more and more trouble finding jobs that put them on track for long-term, stable careers. And he shares a success story. Zuckerman and Strasser spoke in a San Francisco hotel room during a onference on "The Education of the New California Workforce." Also, journalist and former stockbroker Ted Fishman tells Judith Strasser why he (and millions of other people) invest in the stock market in the hope of amassing enough wealth to be able to retire.SEGMENT 3:
Merchant banker turned best-selling novelist Linda Davies talks with Jim Fleming about the thrilling world of intrigue and big money. Davies books are "Nest of Vipers" and the new one, "Wilderness of Mirrors."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-03-A.
Genetic medicine could change our lives, and make a lot of money for bio-tech companies. Allen Buchanan, a medical ethicist at the University of Wisconsin, tells Jim Fleming that commercializing the genetic revolution may not serve the public interest. Also, Nobel laureate James Watson talks with Judith Strasser about the spectacular advances that have followed from his discovery (with Francis Crick) of the double helix structure of DNA.SEGMENT 2:
Doctor and biomedical researcher Robert Cook-Degan was an early advisor to the Human Genome Project - the effort to map all the genes in the human body. He talks with Steve Paulson about the science involved. Cook-Degan is a senior program officer at the National Academy of Sciences and the author of "The Gene Wars: Science, Politics and the Human Genome."SEGMENT 3:
How will genetic testing affect the insurance business? Don Chambers (an M.D. and Chief Medical Director of Lincoln National Corporation in Fort Wayne, Indiana) tells Steve Paulson that insurers will want to know something about our genetic make-up, but we shouldn't worry about it. On the other hand, Stanford University's Paul Billings tells Margaret Andreasen that when the insurance industry starts using genetic testing, the results could be disastrous.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-03-B.
Matt James of the Kaiser Family Foundation tells Steve Paulson about the content analysis of the top rated TV talk shows recently completed by researchers at Michigan State University. They found the hot topics to be sexuality and family disfunction. Also, Howard Kurtz, media reporter for the Washington Post, talks with Jim Fleming about how the various TV talk shows position themselves and how they operate behind the scenes. Kurtz is the author of "Hot Air: All Talk, All the Time."SEGMENT 2:
James Fishkin chairs the government department at the University of Texas and organized the recent National Issues Convention. He tells Steve Paulson how the project worked and that it is a modern manifestation of the democracy of the ancient Greeks. Fishkin is the author of "The Voice of the People: Public Opinion and Democracy."SEGMENT 3:
Tom Schachtman tells Judith Strasser that mass media and popular culture are robbing Americans of the ability to communicate effectively. His book is "The Inarticulate Society: Eloquence and Culture in America."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-03-C.