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EP 416 The Rise and Fall of America’s Middle Class

 Societies have always had rich and the poor, but America gave definition and prominence to the three fifths of our countrymen who land somewhere in the middle.  The reforms that followed the Great Depression put the federal government squarely on the side of those looking to attain a piece of the American Dream.  Policies were … Continue reading EP 416 The Rise and Fall of America’s Middle Class

EP 415 A Reckoning With Our Confederate Past

The raging battle over Confederate monuments speaks to a past and a heritage that just won’t die.  The remnants of enslavement and degradation of African-Americans in America casts a long shadow and reminds us of what some call our ongoing cold Civil War.  Connor Towne O’Neill in his must read book, ‘Down Along with That … Continue reading EP 415 A Reckoning With Our Confederate Past

EP 414 People's True Attitudes About Abortion More Nuanced Than You Think

You may not really know how people feel about abortion because no one likes to talk about the issue.  The sense you get from reading about abortion is that it divides people very neatly into camps-pro-life or pro-choice.  The truth is that once you sit down and discuss the issue with everyday Americans their views … Continue reading EP 414 People’s True Attitudes About Abortion More Nuanced Than You Think

EP 413 Joe Biden Readies To Move America Forward

Evan Osnos starts his new book, ‘Joe Biden: The Life, The Run and What Matters Now’ by recounting one of the tragedies that has befallen our 46th President on his long and arduous rise to the political pinnacle.  And while he will often talk about the loss of his wife and daughter in a car … Continue reading EP 413 Joe Biden Readies To Move America Forward

EP 412 Can We Achieve Authentic Diversity?

No matter the effort we say is being put behind the movement for more diversity in the workplace, the sad reality is that the numbers are dismal.  In the Fortune 500 companies where diversity numbers are compiled, fewer than 4 percent of their workforce is racially and ethnically diverse.  Additionally, a study of 279 companies … Continue reading EP 412 Can We Achieve Authentic Diversity?

EP 411 Unprepared: America in the Time of the Coronavirus

In the introduction to the book we base this podcast on, Tim Egan describes the response to the coronavirus as ‘perhaps the greatest collapse of American society in so short a time, ever.’  Why did a confluence of unmet concerns coalesce around this health crisis, including economic suffering, disparities in care, inability to mobilize and … Continue reading EP 411 Unprepared: America in the Time of the Coronavirus

EP 410 What Happens When Some States Are No Longer Habitable?

Does the title sound like science fiction?  Then you haven’t been paying attention when heat besieged California this summer in ways unseen in generations.  Or that a surge in air-conditioning broke the state’s electrical grid.  Or that in Death Valley the 130 degree temperature was possibly the hottest ever measured on Earth.  Not to mention … Continue reading EP 410 What Happens When Some States Are No Longer Habitable?

EP 409 Self Neglect is Growing Threat Among America's Elderly

Most people are aware that the elderly are vulnerable and that this population is often targeted by scammers and abusers.  Elder abuse, whether it is physical, emotional or financial, is a real concern for family members of seniors.  However, there is a growing threat that receives less attention: self-neglect.  That concept may be new to … Continue reading EP 409 Self Neglect is Growing Threat Among America’s Elderly

EP 408 Can Technology Change Education?

Imaginations have run wild over the years as to what technology can do to change education. Some had predicted that half or more of courses by now would be offered on line at a lower cost and with great results. It turns out that in this fevered moment, as the pandemic descended upon the nation, … Continue reading EP 408 Can Technology Change Education?

EP 407 Corporations In Denial As To Damage Done

Faced with proof that they were harming people or the environment, corporations have long denied evidence, blamed victims complained of witch hunts, attacked their critics and found other rationale for their harmful activities.  No denial campaign was more insipid than that of the tobacco industry.  That effort set the standard for establishing doubt in the … Continue reading EP 407 Corporations In Denial As To Damage Done

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