EP 760 America’s Two Major Parties: Hollowed Out and Underperforming

EP 760 America’s Two Major Parties: Hollowed Out and Underperforming

While our parties may only from time to time have lived up to the mission of truly organizing our political discourse and developing serious nuts and bolts efforts toward major transformations that benefit our society. Yet when they have, the impact had been remarkable. So says today’s guest Daniel Schlozman and Sam Rosenfeld, political scientists …

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EP 759 Warning: The Media You Consume May Be Hazardous to Your Understanding of What’s Really Going On

EP 759 Warning: The Media You Consume May Be Hazardous to Your Understanding of What’s Really Going On

The Rascals had a song out years back called ‘How Can I Be Sure’?  And while those lyrics pertained to love, the same question could, and should, be posed today about the media content you are devouring from a range of sources–legitimate and sketchy.  The ability to discern which is which gets harder by the …

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EP 758 America’s Banking System More Fragile Than We Know

EP 758 America’s Banking System More Fragile Than We Know

To those of us who stopped thinking about the inherent risks in our banking system after the meltdown of 2007-2009, exemplified by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and assumed that Dodd-Frank legislation had corrected all of our problems, it might be time to think again.  Except for extraordinary government interventions over a weekend in 2023, …

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EP 757 A Leader in the Feminist Movement Assesses Its Progress and Challenges in 2024

EP 757 A Leader in the Feminist Movement Assesses Its Progress and Challenges in 2024

Our guest is a feminist trailblazer who had an inside look at the feminist movement as it progressed from the 1960’s on. Her insights and odes to those who made it possible for women to have virtual integration into all aspects of commerce, the arts and even sports, as we’ve seen, is a far cry …

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EP 756 Remarkable Women Finally Getting Their Due Recognition

EP 756 Remarkable Women Finally Getting Their Due Recognition

Each of us honors remarkable women in our own way.  Often it’s when we think about what our mothers contributed to our growth and development.  In other cases, it’s a teacher or a caregiver.  Well the emphatic sex has for generations contributed both to the nurturing part of society’s needs as well as the political …

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EP 754 Is MAGA Really About America First?

EP 754 Is MAGA Really About America First?

  Viktor Orban?  Vladimir Putin? Turkey’s strongman Erdogan?  Is that the traditional leader America wants to hold up as an exemplar for a nation built on universal principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all?  Maybe we’ve never achieved those lofty aspirations, but we never said let’s take our form of government–a …

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EP 753 College is Actually a Great Equalizer: We’ll Explain

EP 753 College is Actually a Great Equalizer: We’ll Explain

There is a fact that is so surprising that it borders on being unbelievable.  Research indicates that students from disadvantaged and advantaged class backgrounds who graduate from the same college go on to earn the same amount of money.  Our guest, Duke sociology professor, Jessi Streib, author of “The Accidental Equalizer: How Luck Determines Pay …

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EP 752 Baby Boomers to Zennials: Largest Generational Transfer of Wealth in History is Just Ahead

EP 752 Baby Boomers to Zennials: Largest Generational Transfer of Wealth in History is Just Ahead

In the next ten years, in the United States alone, 61 trillion dollars will transfer from baby boomers to the younger generations. With that wealth comes the power to determine the structure of our society and economy.  The amount of money that will be moving is staggering, unlike another in human history.  And how the …

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EP 751 Anti-Semitism: It Can(and is)Happening Here

EP 751 Anti-Semitism: It Can(and is)Happening Here

“Jews will not replace us” was the cry from far-right extremists a few years back in Charlottesville, Virginia and, in response to counter protests, then President Donald Trump said that there were good people on both sides.  Really?  In the wake of the brutal attacks on Israeli citizens on October 6, 2023 far-left activists on …

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