#193 Green New Nuclear Deal: Jim Meigs

The climate change debate is heating up. Record numbers of people no longer see extreme climate as a distant   threat, but as a crisis that is unfolding right now. According to a Yale survey, "the proportion of Americans who are very worried about global warming has more than tripled since its lowest point in 2011." 

In this episode, Richard quizzes co-host Jim Meigs, who argues in the latest edition of City Journal that nuclear is the best source of clean, reliable and safe energy.

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#192 Work Versus College: Oren Cass

Our guest in this episode, Oren Cass, argues that we've abandoned the American worker, and pushed four-college at the cost of other, more effective, solutions.

In his widely-praised new book, "The Once and Future Worker",  Oren argues that government policy should emphasize production, not consumption.  His arguments were summarized   in The Atlantic.

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#190 Our Journalism Crisis: A Conversation

Jim and Richard look at journalism's crisis and consider whether readers, viewers and listeners may be partially to blame. We also hear from Aron Pilhofer, professor of Journalism Innovation at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, and David Bornstein co-founder of Solutions Journalism Network.

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#189 Our Government Crisis: Philip K. Howard

In this episode, Philip K. Howard attacks the failed ideologies of Republicans and Democrats, and calls for a radical simplification of government to re-empower Americans in their daily choices. Philip is the author of several books, including the best-seller “The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America” and“Try Common Sense: Replacing Failed Ideologies of Left and Right.” 

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#188 A Cure for Massive Violence: Rachel Kleinfeld

Rachel Kleinfeld, is the author of, "A Savage Order: How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security." The book analyzes how many countries, once overwhelmed by massive violence, have since recovered.

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#187 The Fight to End Gerrymandering: Katie Fahey

With a simple Facebook post saying that she wanted to end partisan gerrymandering, Katie Fahey sparked the beginnings of an extraordinary grassroots campaign. Katie is in her late 20's. With neither connections nor deep pockets, she started Voters Not Politicians to change Michigan's State Constitution. 

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#186 8 For ‘18. The Year’s Big Lessons

All year long, the headlines were dominated by President Trump, from his abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, to his harsh descriptions of migrants and the long fight over a border wall.

But what were some of the other big takeaways from 2018: The surprising findings that may have a longer-term impact than the furious fights over the President's behavior and policies?

This episode, "8 for '18, looks at the growing power of women in politics and media, concerns about capitalism, rising debt, climate change, and why there's hope from the heartland and a strong case for optimism.

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#185 The Power of Reading: Joseph Luzzi

Joseph Luzzi, is a Dante scholar and professor at Bard College. In this episode he talks about the power of reading, he speaks from personal experience. When his 1st wife, Katherine was 8 1/2 months pregnant she was killed in a car accident. The doctors were able to save the baby and in the space of a few hours Luzzi became a widower and a father on the same day. Luzzi turned to Dante. In our conversation, Luzzi talks about how Dante and other books helped him learn how to live again.

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#184 China: The Challenge & Threat: Elizabeth Economy

Our guest is the respected scholar, Elizabeth Economy, Director for Asia Studies at The Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the highly praised book, "The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State.”

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