Middle America

« previous episode | next episode »

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

What’s Kansas City got that New York doesn’t? Joel Kotkin explains why he thinks that the center of the country is best positioned for economic and social recovery. Plus, the buzz in China is all about “leaving the dollar behind.” And, GM reveals the car of the future. Check Out The Uncommon Economic Indicators Home Page And Add Your Story!


Joel Kotkin

Popular Opinion

New York Times national political correspondent Adam Nagourney talks about the latest NYT/CBS poll, showing some optimism about the economy.

Comments [4]

Leaving The Dollar Behind

Joshua Cooper Ramo, partner at Kissinger Associates and author of The Age of the Unthinkable, discusses China's efforts to divorce itself from the dollar and the future of US-China economic relations. And Lulu Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Tupelo Capital Management L.L.C and founding member of the ...

Comments [10]

What's Kansas City Doing Right?

Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow and director of the Urban Futures Program at Chapman University, as well as the author of The City: A Global History, explains why he believes the center of the country will return to prosperity faster than the coastal states.

Comments [30]

Engaging Turkey

Juan Cole, professor of modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan, blogs at Informed Comment and is the author of Engaging the Muslim World. He comments on President Obama's first state visit to a Muslim country.

Comments [37]

Open Phones: Gay Marriage in Vermont

Vermont has just become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature's vote. Listeners weigh in with their reactions.

Comments [2]

Crime Knows No Borders

From the Bulgarian sex trade to Nigerian internet frauds, Misha Glenny, author of McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, sheds light on organized crime around the world.

Comments [5]


Dave Rand, executive director of global design for General Motors, talks about the "revolutionary" new vehicle that GM is announcing today - the PUMA.

Comments [95]

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.