Episodes

Interview with World Bank President Robert Zoellick: Prospects for Economic Development, Part 1

Guests: Robert B. Zoellick,
Is investing in women 'smart economics?' World Bank President Robert Zoellick thinks so. The Bank has programs in Afghanistan, the Middle East and elsewhere that help women become educated, gain better access to health care, and start small businesses. In this o Read More

Academically Adrift: How College Students and Professors Aren't Making the Grade

Guests: Kim Clark, James Piereson, Josipa Roksa,
A college education is still considered key to the American dream. But is that dream hollow? "Academically Adrift" a new book by two college professors contends that a surprising number of today's college students show little-to-no improvement in critical thinking Read More

Amy Chua's "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"

Guests: Amy Chua,
Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Amy Chua's book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" is a provocative memoir of the culture clash between Asian and Western values that Chua has experienced while raising her daughters in the traditional Chinese way. Her dep Read More

The Next Digital Decade: How Will the Internet Change by 2020?

Guests: Larry Downes, Geoffrey Manne,
A new book of essays, "The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet," by some of the most insightful observers of the internet age, asks what the next decade will bring in technological innovation, cultural change, regulation and the role of the go Read More

How Should the United States Wield Power in a Changing World?

Guests: Robert Kagan, Joseph Nye,
In his new book, Nye writes, "It is currently fashionable to predict a decline in the United States' power. But the United States is not in absolute decline, and in relative terms, there is reasonable probability that it will remain more powerful than any other sta Read More

Pension Armageddon: Can Cities Save Public Employee Pensions?

Guests: Greg Ballard , Anthony R. Foxx , Jean Quan,
State and municipal government leaders across the country are coming face-to-face with a reality they - and the public employees they work with - have long sought to delay. Public pension obligations - for teachers, police officers, firefighters and other civil ser Read More

Net Neutrality: Who Should Control the Internet?

Guests: Cecilia Kang, Craig Aaron, Mike McCurry,
Over the past decade, the Internet has expanded enormously, changing the lives of Americans. Unlike other forms of communication, like telephones and television, the Internet has expanded largely without regulation. But that may be changing. As the use of Read More

From Egypt to Iran?

Guests: Mohsen Sazegara, Joshua Muravchik,
With uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, the political landscape of the Middle East has seemingly changed overnight. Millions are marching for freedom and democratic government: some leaders are fleeing, others are fighting to stay in power. Can this unrest be t Read More

Race: An Interview with Eugene Robinson

Guests: Eugene Robinson,
Eugene Robinson contends in his new book that black America has changed, going from one fairly unified group with a common set of goals (civil rights, economic empowerment) to four different groups: the Transcendent, the Mainstream, the Emergent and the Abandoned. Read More

Mexico: Taming the Drug Cartels

Guests: Arturo Alvarado Mendoza, Andrew Selee, Armand Peschard-Sverdrup,
Opinions vary about how close Mexico is to becoming a failed state. Drug cartels control the municipal workings of entire areas of the country; the police, elected officials and the judiciary, and corruption is rampant. The US and Mexico share a significant border Read More

British Austerity: Should the US Try Cutting Costs UK-Style?

Guests: Chris Edwards, Michael Ettlinger, Maya MacGuineas,
British leaders are adopting a plan to cut public spending in that country by $131 billion dollars. The revolutionary plan will cut public housing subsidies by 80% and could cost the jobs of as many as 750,000 public sector employees. By cutting public spending and Read More

Cancer: An Interview with the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Guests: Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.,
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, an oncologist and medical researcher at Columbia University, has written a comprehensive book examining the history of cancer. Through the stories of several cancer patients and researchers who have made great strides in understanding and Read More

Getting America Back to Work (Part 2)

Guests: Heather Boushey, Kevin A. Hassett, Alan Tonelson,
It's no surprise the economy is on the minds of most Americans. One in ten of us is out of work. It's a rate that hasn't changed in a year and a half. So why aren't jobs being created? Why aren't businesses hiring? Can the government do anything about it? Should it Read More

Getting America Back to Work (Part 1)

Guests: Heather Boushey, Kevin A. Hassett, Alan Tonelson,
It's no surprise the economy is on the minds of most Americans. One in ten of us is out of work. It's a rate that hasn't changed in a year and a half.  So why aren't jobs being created? Why aren't businesses hiring? Can the government do anything about it? Sho Read More

Venezuela: Democracy on the Edge

Guests: Roger Noriega, Carlos Ponce, Mark Weisbrot,
He has taken a struggling democracy and slowly consolidated his hold on power, nationalizing key industries such as oil and food distribution.  Tyrant, Dictator, Socialist Hero; whatever you call him, Hugo Chavez is committed to keeping a tight rein Read More