America is undergoing a major demographic overhaul. Major generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use. Paul Taylor presents a portrait of where we are as a nation and where we’re headed—toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century. His book The Next America draws on the Pew Research Center’s extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data.
For the last few years we’ve been told to steer clear of plastics that contain the chemical Bisphenol A. On today’s show: we’ll tell you why you should be concerned about BPA-free plastics as well. Annabelle Gurwitch on the perils and pitfalls that come with approaching 50. We’ll take a look at how changes in our economy, family structure, gender norms, technology, and religious affiliations are creating major demographic shifts in our country. Galadrielle Allman talks about how the death of her father Duane when she was just 2 years old, shaped her life.
Cuomo and de Blasio slug it out in Albany over who cares more about education.
The Serbian government has established a commission to investigate unsolved murders of journalists. Remarkably, the commission includes both police and journalists. Bob talks with Politika editor Ljiljana Smajlović about what the commission has already accomplished and her hopes for what it might achieve in the future.
Most Americans will "spring forward" this weekend and lose an hour to daylight saving time. But daylight saving is hardly standardized in the United States, much less the world. In fact, some say it's "madness."
Who's controlling the narrative in the charter school debate? WNYC's Beth Fertig and Robert Lewis explain the role of prominent charter booster Eva Moskowitz; where pro-charter funding comes from; and why this has become such a flashpoint between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo.
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito traveled to Albany earlier this week with 35 agenda priorities, and one of them was instant runoff voting. She and other supporters want to abolish expensive runoff elections and instead have voters rank their preferences. Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, explains why he supports the policy, and whether it could become reality. Plus: a roundup of other changes to rules and operations in the City Council, and the latest on Bill de Blasio, who was in Chicago yesterday at a meeting of big-city mayors, while poll numbers back in New York City show only a 39% approval rating for the new mayor.
Mayor de Blasio says he governs with single-minded focus, as in the fight over pre-k. But his critics call it a lack of vision.
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