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EP 436 Is America Really a Welcoming Place for Immigrants?

  America tells itself a lot of stories about its ethos that turn out to be misleading, or worse yet false, when put to true historical scrutiny.  Waves of immigrants have made their way here thinking that their lot would be so much better when they reach our shores, only to find many roadblocks and … Continue reading EP 436 Is America Really a Welcoming Place for Immigrants?

EP 435 Can America Come Together Again?

Here’s some history to draw you into this podcast.  America was at the heights of solidarity and common purposes for over half a century beginning in the early 1900’s through the 1960’s and then we began to split apart as a society, as we had in the late 19th century.  America’s past was divided and … Continue reading EP 435 Can America Come Together Again?

EP 434 America is Unraveling Before Our Eyes

While the Trump era is over, there looms a great question as to whether America is in any position to resume a leadership role in the world.  As past plagues and pandemics have revealed, the weaknesses of empires often is recognized well after their influence has peaked.  Wade Davis, an anthropologist from the University of … Continue reading EP 434 America is Unraveling Before Our Eyes

EP 433 Can Government Solve Big Problems Anymore?

On the heels of the pandemic, we see that government has issues responding to a major, largely unseen, crisis.  As trust in public institutions crumbles, the question is whether we can restore faith in our system by bold actions that jolt the public into a new belief in what’s possible.  It’s a big job.  Decades … Continue reading EP 433 Can Government Solve Big Problems Anymore?

EP 432 Megaregions Emerge in America

 As the US population grows-potentially by over 110 million people by 2050-cities and suburbs will continue expanding, meeting the suburbs of neighboring cities and forming continuous urban megaregions.  The United States now has at least a dozen such megaregions, including one extending from Richmond, Virginia to Portland, Maine and another running from Santa Barbara, California … Continue reading EP 432 Megaregions Emerge in America

EP 431 Do the Suburbs Need Retrofitting?

 More Americans live in suburban settings than any other. Suburbs are not a monolith.  Depending on factors like proximity to an urban center, they take on various forms. Sprawl is often noted as one of the worst aspects of suburban growth. As we continue to build more highways to satisfy the desire for many to … Continue reading EP 431 Do the Suburbs Need Retrofitting?

EP 430 Are You Prepared to Die?

 Our podcast is about looking down the road a bit.  If we’re all honest with ourselves, we know how our personal story ends.  The truth is few of us want to plan for it in the way we do for the arrival of our first child, purchasing our first home or our retirement.  And that … Continue reading EP 430 Are You Prepared to Die?

EP 429 Is Anybody Normal in Our Society?

 ‘People are nuts’.  That was a maxim of my dear mother.  She was the kindest, most loving person I know.  She meant no ill will by that designation. In fact, there was wisdom in it.  In his new book, ‘Nobody’s Normal’, Roy Richard Grinker, a professor of anthropology at George Washington University, reveals the progress … Continue reading EP 429 Is Anybody Normal in Our Society?

EP 428 Honor in a Country That Has Gone Off the Ethical Guardrails

What shocked us in the past has somehow become the the new normal in our politics, workplaces and overwrought interest in a celebrity culture.  In fact, through social media, we aspire to join that culture, at least for fifteen minutes, by some reckless, attention-seeking behavior.  The reward structure for living life out loud, in a … Continue reading EP 428 Honor in a Country That Has Gone Off the Ethical Guardrails

EP 427 Is Iran as Bad an Actor as America Says It Is?

Once America declares you part of the axis of evil or decides that your behavior require heavy economic sanctions, it’s tough to escape the impact our actions can bring.  That’s why the notion of the Iran nuclear deal pursued by the Obama Administration was such a risky political move.  Yet, by the strict reporting requirements … Continue reading EP 427 Is Iran as Bad an Actor as America Says It Is?

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