Monthly Archives: December 2017


Dr. Tracey Wilen has has had a distinguished career as a researcher and speaker on the impact of technology on society, work and careers. She has worked at Apple, HP and Cisco Systems and was a visiting scholar at Stanford University.  Her latest book, ‘Digital Disruption: The Future of Work, Skills, Leadership, Education, Careers in a Digital World’, offers compelling insights into the the digital disruption that is occurring and will have an impact on your life.  Make certain to listen next to her ten disruptive predictions for the year ahead.


EP 85 I’M SPIRITUAL, NOT RELIGIOUS,204,203,200_.jpgHow often have you heard that statement in recent years? There’s no doubt that our religious beliefs and practices have been, and still are, undergoing radical transformation. Are you still practicing the faith of your birthright? Do you attend conventional services? Are you involved in a religiously complex relationship? You’re not alone. Kenneth Woodward, a great scholar of religion, says we are in ‘the most volatile religious period in American history’ and it’s having an impact on everything, including our politics. We share his insights from the book, ‘Getting Religion’.


EP 84 WHAT IS ORIGINALISM AND HOW DOES IT PLAY INTO OUR ONGOING DEBATE ABOUT GUNS?,204,203,200_.jpgDo you think the Constitution is a living, breathing document meant to adapt to the times or one embedded in stone with principles that are sacrosanct and not malleable?  It’s an age old question.  One of the afherents of the latter interpretation of the Constitution, Ilan Wurman, joins us for a thoughtful discussion of what that means and how, in his view, progressives, libertarians and conservatives can claim the mantle of originalism.  And as the conversation goes on we tie it to the 2nd Amendment and whether gun laws can be changed and still adhere to originalist doctrine.  Get your thinking caps on and enjoy this nuanced exchange


EP 83 HAVE YOU TAKEN WILDNESS OUT OF YOUR LIFE? you hear about the New York City man who works, lives, eats, sleeps and exists in one building in the concrete jungle?  It’s true.  He never has to leave that environment because he has everything he needs under one roof.  Or does he?  While most of us like to get outside, at least once in a while, what have we done to the natural environments surrounding us? Have we built them simply for the aesthetic value–they look pretty–or do they function to provide for the true needs of our flora and fauna?  (Hint: if you have a big lawn it’s the former.)  Benjaim Vogt, author of ‘A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future” joins us to challenge our notion of balance with the wild world. While it’s something you may not give much thought to now, this one conversation will provoke a different way of looking at the world.



That screaming headline encapsulates America’s changed relationship to the matter of private and public debt. It’s the only way to understand why we’ve all taken on debt–risky mortgages, students loans, sub-prime car loans–you name it, sensing that it’s OK and, in fact, encouraged in our society. Why not? Our public debt requires a constant bumping of the debt ceiling and the numbers are so staggering that they go beyond any true reckoning. How did a nation founded on concepts like Benjamin Franklin’s : ‘Neither a borrower, nor lender be’ end up here. Mark Hendrickson, an economist and fellow for economic and social policy with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, joins me for a freewheeling discussion on the topic



Have you ever caught your self telling a joke with racial overtones? There is a culture of denial within America’s white community about the existence of racism. In a poll a few years back, only 22 percent of white people believed that racism is a major societal problem. Paul Kivel is not one of them. That’s why his book ‘Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice’ is in its 4th printing. He provokes us all to re-consider the notion that America, because of the election of Barack Obama as President, is now, somehow, a ‘post-racial’ society. He suggests some provocative ways to test our notions about class and race, hoping the discomfort associated with the answers might lead to greater awareness of our own feelings. Prepare for a jolt of reality with this episode.

EP 80 BABY BOOMERS ON THE ROAD AGAIN in the 60’s many young people got in vans and VW wagons and toured the country following their new found rock legends.  Today, many of the same people are back on the road again this time to escape financial hardship and to find work.  The term now is ‘wheel estate’ as a whole sub-culture in our country pursue fleeting, often part-time and seasonal, opportunities to make a living.  Through her immersion journalism, Jessica Bruder captured this lifestyle and documented it in the book, ‘Nomadland’. She joins us on this episode,204,203,200_.jpg


EP 79 THE NEW SOUTH: HOW MANY SHADES OF GRAY?,204,203,200_.jpgDidn’t you have the feeling that the old South had given way to a region that had turned the corner of its regrettable past?  As blacks have gained political power and immigrants have moved into the region, the winds of change seemed strong.  Yet, now in the wake of Charlottesville, the debate over Confederate monuments and the nomination of Judge Roy Moore for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, is their a pull to romanticize the Old South?  We discuss this subject with Tony Horwitz, author of ‘Confederates in the Attic’ and piece about the South today recently published in the ‘Wall Street Journal’.


EP 78 COULD YOU PASS THE GREAT AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP QUIZ? SHOULD YOU HAVE TO? well do you know the history of the United States or how the government really works? And do you think you would be capable of passing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test? We will put a few average Americans to the test along with author, Solomon Skolnick, on this episode. One aspect to this episode is exploring whether what we require of immigrants might not be a good thing to require of citizens born here given our roles in a self-governing democracy. This should be fun and enlightening–and revealing.