MIT economist Lester Thurow tells Steve Paulson that the global economy is entering a new and scary phase - one that requires massive retraining of the American work force. Thurow is the author of "The Future of Capitalism." Also, labor journalist Sam Pizzigati talks with Steve Paulson about compensation ratios around the industrialized world and why he believes that American corporations should rein in the salary and bonus packages they offer CEO's. Pizzigati's book is called "The Maximum Wage."SEGMENT 2:
Business writer Art Kleiner talks with Jim Fleming about two forerunners of today's "total quality management" philosopy - General Foods' Lyman Ketchum and University of Cincinnati President Warren Bennis -- both of whom tried to shake up traditional corporate functioning. Kleiner is the author of "The Age of Heretics: Heroes, Outlaws, and the Forerunners of Corporate Change."SEGMENT 3:
Illinois Institute of Technology sociologist Christina Nippert-Eng studies people's work values. She tells Judith Strasser about "integrators" (bring the dog to work!) and "segmenters" (I don't play softball with people from the office!) and how their key rings and calendars give them away. Christina Nippert-Eng is the author of "Home and Work."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 09-1-A.
David Chalmers says understanding the actions of neurons in the brain still doesn't explain consciousness. He tells Steve Paulson that he thinks consciousness is a fundamental property of nature - like space or time. Chalmers teaches philosophy at the University of California at Santa Cruz and is the author of "The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory." Also, New York University neuroscientist Rodolfo Llinas (pronouned yee' nas) tells Judith Strasser about the scanning mechanism in our thalamus that helps the brain time tag sensory input and reintegrate separate bits of information into a coherent mental image.SEGMENT 2:
James Bailey tells Steve Paulson that computer engineers have abandonned the human brain as the model for designing artificial intelligence. They're now building silicon systems whose IQ potential may be unlimited. Is this the greatest intellectual development since language, or is Hal waiting in the wings? James Bailey ponders questions like that in his book "After Thought: The Computer Challenge to Human Intelligence."SEGMENT 3:
Harvard University psychologist Daniel Schacter specializes in the role and functioning of human memory. He tells Jim Fleming how memory is organized in the brain and why it's not always reliable. Schaacter is the author of "Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 9-1-B.
Psychiatrist Cort Pederson talks with Jim Fleming about the biological basis for benevolence -- the hormone oxytocin. Cort Pederson teaches psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Also, Marvin Olasky tells Steve Paulson that compassion really means "suffering with" and recalls some philanthropic efforts from America's past. Olasky teaches journalism at the University of Texas and is the author of "The Tragedy of American Compassion," and "Renewing American Compassion."SEGMENT 2:
Hope Meadows is a pioneering foster care community in Illinois that encourages parents to work toward adoption of their foster children and also involves senior citizens. Founder Brenda Krause Eheart and participating parents Kenneth Hill and Tami Pederson tell Steve Paulson stories about the community's success.SEGMENT 3:
John Hutchinson teaches history at Simon Fraser University and is the author of "Champions of Charity: War and the Rise of the Red Cross." He tells Judith Strasser that the Red Cross was founded by a small group with interests in philanthropy, religion and battlefield surgery and was criticized by no less a figure than Florence Nightengale for allowing nations to evade the human consequences of their wars.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 9-1-C.