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The Fight to End Gerrymandering: Katie Fahey
Jan 10 • 26 min
With a simple Facebook post saying that she wanted to end partisan gerrymandering, Katie Fahey sparked the beginnings of an extraordinary grassroots campaign. Katie is in her late 20’s. With neither connections nor deep pockets, she started Voters Not…
8 For ‘18. The Year’s Big Lessons
Dec 28, 2018 • 24 min
In a year of crazy politics, disdain for the views of experts, and deep partisan divisions, we look beyond anger and fear stoked by cable TV, talk radio and social media to learn eight deeper lessons of where we are today and in what direction we are…
The Power of Reading: Professor Joesph Luzzi
Dec 21, 2018 • 23 min
America is facing a reading crisis. According to a government survey the number of adults who read for pleasure has fallen by more than 30% in less than 15 years. Another recent study found that Americans watch an average of three hours of TV a day,…
China: The Challenge & Threat: Elizabeth Economy
Dec 13, 2018 • 26 min
The high stakes show-down between the U.S. and China on tariffs, trade and cyber security threatens to disrupt the global economy. Growing tensions were temporarily put on pause during a recent meeting at the Group of 20 summit between President Trump and…
Our Many Perception Gaps: Sam Laine Perfas
Dec 7, 2018 • 28 min
What you think is true doesn’t necessarily line up with reality. From the heated debate over gun violence deaths to our views about violent crime and global poverty, many of us have serious perception gaps. Democracy can be damaged when public opinion is…
Has The Opioid Crisis Peaked? Sam Quinones
Nov 28, 2018 • 22 min
The opioid and heroin epidemic has caused massive destruction suffering and pain. After rising for many decades, America’s life expectancy rate has dropped for the past two years in a row. Nearly 50 thousand Americans last year were the victims of opioid…
AI Will Change All of US: Kai-Fu Lee
Nov 23, 2018 • 20 min
Artificial intelligence will lead to sweeping changes in our society, economy and relationship with work. China has suddenly caught up with The United States and will exercise much greater technological power in the future. “We will not have to do routine…
Thanks a Thousand. Gratitude: A.J. Jacobs
Nov 15, 2018 • 25 min
Just in time for Thanksgiving, we speak with best-selling author and “immersive journalist” A.J. Jacobs about his extraordinary gratitude project and brand new book, “Thanks a Thousand”. He decided to say “thank you” to every single person involved in…
Election Special: Our Take
Nov 8, 2018 • 20 min
What are the most inspiring, exasperating, unique, important, and first-in-our-lifetime results from the Midterm Elections? In this special edition, Jim and Richard give their Quick Fixes take on how American voted. We discuss: Donald Trump’s turnout…
Title: Bridging Divide. ReCity. Durham, North Carolina
Nov 1, 2018 • 30 min
How can America recover from hatred, distrust and resentment that have lead to deep divisions, the fraying of our civic institutions and even violence, such as the recent Pittsburgh synagogue shooting? This episode, recorded at ReCity in Durham, North…
Bridging Divide Renewing Democracy: Minnesota
Oct 25, 2018 • 30 min
Polarization is tearing us apart. Bullying and bluster are two of the most common ingredients in American democracy. How can we renew democracy and restore the sort of trust that is essential for governance? This episode looks at the constructive and…
Bridging Divide: Iowa Civility Workshop
Oct 18, 2018 • 24 min
American democracy is in crisis and politics have become weaponized with name calling and personal attacks. Trust in national institutions and the media is at an all-time low. Congress and The Supreme Court are much more likely than in the past to cast…
Bridging Divide. Renewing Democracy: Carolyn Lukensmeyer
Oct 11, 2018 • 22 min
Never before in living memory has America been so deeply divided, and this paralysis threatens to weaken and corrode democracy. Ideological silos have become much more common among both conservatives and liberals. One opinion poll says 7 in 10 Americans…
Lessons from Reagan: Bob Spitz
Oct 4, 2018 • 29 min
At a time of fractured politics and failed leadership, what lessons can be learned from Ronald Reagan— one of the most significant presidents in our history? Considered a dangerous outsider by critics when he was elected in 1980, he appeared to be…
Fighting Back Against Fake News: Steven Brill
Sep 27, 2018 • 24 min
A recent poll finds that two-thirds of Americans often or occasionally get news from social media. But many consumers are highly skeptical of the information they see on Facebook and other sites, expecting it to be “largely inaccurate.” Now a new company,…
Identity Politics: Dignity and Resentment. Francis Fukuyama
Sep 20, 2018 • 29 min
Are identity politics ruining democracy? National and global institutions are in a state of decay, and identity fuels much of today’s debates in America and across the world. On the right, Donald Trump seized on the grievances and resentment of white…
Collaboration Beats Competition: Paul Skinner
Sep 14, 2018 • 24 min
In recent decades, business strategy has been built on the idea that we must compete to win. But what if the competitive model of business is now broken? In today’s interconnected, digital world, strategies to create competitive advantage may be holding…
The Codding of the American Mind: Jonathan Haidt
Sep 4, 2018 • 35 min
At the recent funeral for Republican Senator John McCain, former Presidents and leaders of both parties paid tribute to his belief that America “is a nation of ideals, not blood and soil.” In the farewell statement to the country he loved, Senator McCain…
Astrophysics For People In a Hurry: Neil deGrasse
Sep 2, 2018 • 23 min
Tyson talks about the possibility of intelligent life on other planets, tackles science deniers on the right and left, and explains why we should invest more in pure science. Tyson also discusses his book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.” “What’s…
The Case for Space Travel: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Aug 30, 2018 • 23 min
Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s most prominent spokesman for science and Director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, talks about the benefits of a cosmic perspective, the case for manned space flight and much more in this first part of our wide-ranging…
Soaring Suicide Rates: Dr. Richard Friedman
Aug 23, 2018 • 25 min
The national suicide rate rose 28% from 1999 to 2016, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, alone, 45,000 people took their own lives. This year’s suicides of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer, Kate…
Populism: Bigger Than Trump? Salena Zito
Aug 12, 2018 • 28 min
Was Donald Trump’s election a one-off event, or did it represent a fundamental realignment of American politics? Washington-based political experts wrongly called the 2016 election, and our guest, Salena Zito, author of “The Great Revolt”, argues that…
Can Podcasting Save The Planet?
Aug 2, 2018 • 14 min
From ancient times to the present day, women and men have brought meaning to their lives through storytelling. Before the invention of the printing press, ancient societies passed on the knowledge and wisdom of one generation to the next through oral…
The Fight For Free Expression: Deb Mashek
Jul 26, 2018 • 28 min
Free speech on campus is under assault at many colleges and universities. From disinviting commencement speakers to shouting down professors and others they disagree with, some students demand “safe spaces” from controversial remarks and what they call…
The High Cost of America First: James Bacchus
Jul 19, 2018 • 29 min
President Trump has withdrawn from international agreements, criticized NATO, The European Union, and attacked the policies of Canada, Mexico, Britain, France and Germany— all traditional allies. He praised President Putin, and continues to sow chaos in…
The Fall and Rise of Small Towns: Dar Williams
Jul 12, 2018 • 30 min
America’s landscape of towns and cities is ever-changing. Countless Main Streets and small downtowns were eviscerated by big box stores, globalization, online commerce and poor planning. But today, many resilient communities are fighting back. Called “one…
A Fresh Look at Freedom: Russell Shorto
Jul 5, 2018 • 25 min
We discuss the American Revolution and the meaning of freedom with acclaimed historian and journalist, Russell Shorto, author of the 2018 book, “Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom.”Russell Shorto is also the writer of a fine new podcast series,…
The Good News About Drones: Mehdi Salehi
Jun 28, 2018 • 21 min
Do a Google search of drones, and scary headlines pop up instantly. “Dangerous Drones Invade Protected Airspace Daily,” says one. While others talk about “spooky, scary” drones that invade privacy; get in the way of firefighters, or lead to new types of…
Blockchain: The Next Big Thing? Dan Patterson
Jun 21, 2018 • 23 min
Blockchain technology was created a decade ago as a new kind of database for the digital currency, Bitcoin. Within the next ten years, it may transform the internet. Today, the blockchain is emerging into a business of its own with many different…
Our Towns. Solutions & Reinvention. James Fallows - Part 2
Jun 14, 2018 • 21 min
Despite bitter partisanship and political paralysis in Washington, local democracy is alive in well in many towns and cities across the country. That’s the surprising finding in “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America,” by journalist…
Our Towns. Solutions & Reinvention: James Fallows
Jun 7, 2018 • 24 min
Congress sank to a dismal 10% approval rating in a new poll. Most Americans believe the nation is heading in the wrong direction. But ask people about their own lives and local communities, and you are likely to get a very different answer. According to a…
The Next Debt Crisis: Maya MacGuineas
May 31, 2018 • 25 min
“The debt will be as large as our entire economy by the end of the decade”, says Maya MacGuineas, President of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “Every indicator that you could look for in terms of the numbers is on flashing red…
The Great Environmental Debate: Charles C. Mann
May 24, 2018 • 32 min
Far too often, politics and policy are portrayed as a battle between liberals and conservatives, or socialists vs. capitalists. But one of the most profound divides of modern times is between optimists and pessimists— especially over how they view the…
Fighting Gang Violence: Jonathan Green
May 17, 2018 • 27 min
From the streets of Chicago and Los Angeles, to indictments this month targeting criminal networks in Savannah, Georgia and white supremacists in Grand Prairie, Texas, tens of thousands of gangs are responsible for drug crimes, brutal killings and other…
A Solution for Israelis & Palestinians? Dahlia Scheindlin
May 10, 2018 • 34 min
President Trump’s rejection of the Iran nuclear agreement and Israeli military attacks on Iranian sites in Syria are among the latest signs of rising tensions in the Middle East. The threat of war is ever-present. Twenty five years after the signing of…
Stopping Sexual Harassment
May 3, 2018 • 20 min
The growing #MeToo movement has exposed many cases of sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace. Among the latest examples is an upheaval at Nike. Female employees, fed up with years of gender discrimination, insensitive behavior and crude…
Microtrends = Big Changes: Mark Penn
Apr 26, 2018 • 22 min
When we focus on the future, we usually look at the big things: Will the current crisis with North Korea be resolved peacefully? Is President Trump likely to face a big setback in the midterm elections? When will the next recession hit? Our guest,…
The New Movement to Restore Civility
Apr 19, 2018 • 21 min
The National Week of Conversation is a bold attempt to reduce the yawning gap between Republicans and Democrats. More than 100 groups across the country are involved in online and in-person events from April 20th to April 28th. We look at how the project…
Fixing Capitalism: Luigi Zingales
Apr 12, 2018 • 26 min
From internet giants Facebook, Amazon and Google to telecom titans AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, American capitalism is increasingly dominated by huge and politically well-connected business behemoths. We look at the case for reform, including stronger…
The World Is Getting Better: Gregg Easterbrook
Apr 5, 2018 • 27 min
The facts are hard to deny. We live longer, infant mortality continues to fall, we are richer, less subject to violence— and despite uneven progress, the world is more democratic than it was 50 years ago. And yet so many people are gripped by pessimism…
America’s Leadership Crisis: Davia Temin
Mar 29, 2018 • 26 min
With turmoil and never-ending drama in the White House, and record numbers of departures from top levels of the Trump Administration, it is safe to say that America is facing a leadership crisis. According to recent polls, a solid majority of US voters…
Google is Forever. No Second Chances: Brian Hamilton
Mar 22, 2018 • 27 min
Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, or Google; internet platforms are a huge force in our daily lives. The recent scandal over the Steven Bannon-affiliated Cambridge Analytica is the most recent example of the downside of data. This episode of “How Do…
Making Luck Happen: Janice Kaplan
Mar 15, 2018 • 29 min
What do Mark Zuckerberg, hockey great Wayne Gretzky, and best-selling novelist Lee Child all have in common? They all worked to make luck happen for them. In this episode with award-winning author, editor and journalist, Janice Kaplan, we learn about the…
Reducing gun violence: What Works. James Burnett
Mar 9, 2018 • 34 min
The debate over gun violence is deeply polarized, but almost everyone agrees it’s an urgent problem and that far too many people are being killed and injured by firearms in the United States. The toll is more than 100 deaths per day— a much higher rate…
Will #NeverAgain Bring Lasting Change? Elizabeth Matto
Mar 1, 2018 • 24 min
Within four days of the mass shooting at Margaret Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, Never Again was born. In this episode, we ask whether young millennials, who grew up after 9/11 during a time of school lockdowns, will…
The Next Space Race: Joe Pappalardo
Feb 21, 2018 • 26 min
The impressive launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket by SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the touchdown of two boosters back at Cape Canaveral minutes later, are the latest milestones in a thrilling comeback story. Space is becoming sexy…
Healthcare Data Revolution: Dr. Joe Habboushe
Feb 14, 2018 • 25 min
Wouldn’t it be great if consumers could access all their personal medical records quickly and share them with doctors, family members and others they trust? This could lead to revolutionary changes in patient outcomes with less bureaucracy and fewer…
The Truth About Self-Driving Cars
Feb 7, 2018 • 19 min
It’s time to put the brakes on the hype about self-driving cars. Despite industry and media forecasts, it may be more than a decade before many fully autonomous vehicles are on the road. Lawsuits and patent disputes are among the many hurdles that face…
When Will Wall Street Crash? Diana Henriques
Jan 31, 2018 • 29 min
The U.S. stock market has soared about 40% since the Trump election. But is it over-valued and ready for a meltdown? Shortly before the worst one-day crash in history in November 1987, the market had been charging ahead, with a 40% rise that year. The…
50/50 Nation? No! Morris Fiorina
Jan 24, 2018 • 29 min
From the recent government shutdown to strict partisan votes on taxes and healthcare, official Washington lurches from one fight to the next, with no end in sight. But the American public is not as polarized as the pundits say. While elected Republicans…
The Dangers Of Utopia: Michael Shermer
Jan 17, 2018 • 22 min
By overwhelming majorities, human beings have faith in the afterlife. While fewer Americans believe in God, as many as 80% still believe in life after death. Surprisingly, this includes one-in-three agnostics and atheists. According to the Roper Center…
Ending Sexual Harassment: Claire Cain Miller
Jan 10, 2018 • 26 min
The fight against sexual harassment was the hot topic in Hollywood at the Golden Globes Awards, with outspoken and inspiring remarks by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and others. But allegations of bullying or inappropriate behavior by powerful men are…
What’s Ahead in 2018: Richard and Jim’s Forecast
Dec 27, 2017 • 22 min
2018 is certain to bring surprises. In this episode, Jim and Richard bravely venture out onto the high diving board of ideas and plunge into the pool of predictions. We also asked listeners and “How Do We Fix It?” guests for their forecasts of the year to…
Food & Health: Science vs. Myth:The Science Moms
Dec 20, 2017 • 22 min
It’s time to shift the narrative about food and health from fear to facts. Popular culture promotes all sorts of anti-scientific myths, from astrology and conspiracy theories to vaccine denial and misinformation about GMOs. On this episode our guest is…
Facebook and YouTube Threats: Zeynep Tufekci
Dec 13, 2017 • 30 min
Billions of people use Facebook and YouTube. But do social media platforms threaten our privacy and our freedom? The problem goes well beyond hate messages and other forms of inappropriate content, or fake news and “dark posts”— targeted ads not visible…
The Truth About Robots: Peter Cappelli
Dec 6, 2017 • 25 min
Once again the alarm bells are ringing. A new study by the McKinsey Global Institutes estimates that within 12 years, up to 800 million of today’s workers may be replaced by robots or some other form of automation. Other recent research reports on the…
Why Migration is Good: Leonard Doyle
Nov 30, 2017 • 18 min
What do you think of when you hear the word “refugee” or “migrant”? If over-crowded rafts or vast tent encampments come to mind, you are not alone. But there’s a very different— and much more positive side to migration. Across the world, record numbers of…
A Fresh Look at Freedom: Russell Shorto
Nov 21, 2017 • 29 min
We discuss the American Revolution through six different pairs of eyes with acclaimed historian and journalist, Russell Shorto, author of the new book, “Revolution Song.” This episode examines the meaning of freedom in a fresh new light and has special…
Fixes for Manufacturing: Krisztina “Z” Holly
Nov 16, 2017 • 22 min
This week we dismantle the myth that American manufacturing is in a death spiral. It’s not. Our guest is MIT-trained engineer and tech entrepreneur Krisztina “Z” Holly, host of the podcast, “The Art of Manufacturing.” Even as factory jobs have declined,…
#128 Solutions for America’s Opioid Epidemic: Sam Quinones
Nov 8, 2017 • 26 min
America’s opioid epidemic is an addiction crisis like no other the country has ever faced. Deaths outnumber car crash fatalities. Since 1999, 200,000 people have died from overdoses related to Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers. The scourge is…
#127 The Threat to Democracy: Reed Galen
Nov 2, 2017 • 27 min
One year after the election of Donald Trump, American democracy is under threat. Our civic life is in a shambles. Our guest, Reed Galen, says America is a “dual-civilization society,” with each side viewing the other with suspicion, disgust and disdain.…
#126 Using Data To Predict the Future: Rebecca Costa
Oct 25, 2017 • 27 min
Can data be used to prevent mass shootings, dramatically reduce opioid addiction and tell elderly people that they about to fall? Our guest, Rebecca Costa, says it can. In this episode we look at why predictive analytics may be the most profound…
#125 The Harvey Weinstein Sex Scandal: What Next? Anne Thompson
Oct 18, 2017 • 27 min
The public downfall of film boss, Harvey Weinstein raises deep questions about the culture of Hollywood and its longstanding tolerance of sexual misbehavior by powerful men. Rumors about Weinstein’s outrageous behavior had been an open secret in Hollywood…
#124 Russia’s Threat to U.S. Democracy: Amy Knight
Oct 11, 2017 • 29 min
How should the U.S. and other Western nations deal with Vladimir Putin and well-documented threats to democracy from the Russian government? What are the most effective ways to push back against hacking and other attacks? Ever since Vladimir Putin came to…
#123 Affirmative Action for Conservatives? Michael Roth
Oct 4, 2017 • 28 min
Are free speech rights threatened at universities? Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions correct when he says political correctness has run amok on college campuses? Conservatives point to the angry scenes at Middlebury College, where Charles Murray was…
#122 Title IX and Sexual Assault: Jeannie Suk Gersen
Sep 27, 2017 • 24 min
Days ago, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos scrapped Obama-era Title IX rules on campus sexual assault, plunging herself into a furious controversy. This episode goes beyond name-calling and looks at how colleges and universities could improve their…
#121 Why We Need Stories and Myths: Stephen Greenblatt
Sep 20, 2017 • 20 min
Love him or loathe him, Donald Trump told a more compelling story about himself than his opponents. The 2016 election was, for his critics, a jarring reminder of the limits of limiting political rhetoric to detailed policies and programs. In this episode…
#120 From Political Disgust to Action: Eric Liu
Sep 13, 2017 • 23 min
So many of us are furious at President Trump, Congress, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, The Democrats or the news media— name your poison. Two thirds of Americans say they are dissatisfied with how things are going in this country today, compared with…
#119 A Conservative Cure for Climate Change: Bob Inglis
Sep 6, 2017 • 26 min
Climate scientists warn that Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are examples of extreme weather that will become much more common in the years to come. But Trump Administration officials ridicule any link between this month’s devastating storms and global…
#118 After Harvey: Climate Change Insurance. Gernot Wagner
Aug 30, 2017 • 21 min
Is climate change to blame for Hurricane Harvey and the devastating floods around Houston? Even though we can’t be certain about the cause of a single storm, Harvey’s epic rainfall and surprisingly long duration remind us of the need for urgent action. In…
#117 Is Hiking a Cure for PTSD? Sean Gobin
Aug 23, 2017 • 37 min
Can vets walk off the devastating impacts of PTSD? Do long-distance hiking, biking and river paddling journeys offer far better treatment for the emotional and psychological damage of war than pills or therapy offered by the VA? Sean Gobin is a United…
#116 The Case for Passion in Our Lives
Aug 16, 2017 • 22 min
Neil deGrasse Tyson became passionate about astrophysics when he was a teenager. Best-selling science journalist Mary Roach is well-known for her humor and curiosity as she explores the science of keeping human beings intact, sane and awake during the…
#115 Refugees Are Just Like You: Ahmed Badr
Aug 9, 2017 • 28 min
Far too often refugees are thought of as “the other”— a mass of people who are victims of war, persecution or natural disasters. President Trump has added to the problem, making negative, harsh comments about immigrants. This episode with 19 year-old…
#114 Grunt: The Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach
Aug 2, 2017 • 30 min
When do fashion designers make the difference between comfort and misery for active soldiers? Why does the military need a radically different kind of crash test dummy? What role could maggots play in healing open wounds? These questions and more are…
#113 America’s Male Unemployment Crisis: Ed Glaeser
Jul 26, 2017 • 28 min
Here’s a paradox. While the U.S. unemployment rate is near a 16-year low, the percentage of all American adults in the workforce remains stuck at well below pre-recession levels. Men are much more likely than women to drop out of work. In the 1960’s 95%…
#13 Fix It Shorts: Why Fixing Health Care Is So Hard
Jul 19, 2017 • 14 min
“It’s back to square one” says the Wall Street Journal after the collapse of Republican proposals to repeal and replace The Affordable Care Act. President Trump says his plan is to “let Obamacare fail.” This episode looks at how any reform of America’s…
#12 Fix It Shorts: The Case for Going Outdoors
Jul 12, 2017 • 11 min
Going outdoors and taking on new challenges makes you healthier, happier and smarter. Spending time in nature away from cities and suburbs can also bring spiritual and emotional benefits. Co-host Jim Meigs tells us why he’s a big outdoor guy, who loves to…
#11 Fix It Shorts: Is Summer Fun Under Assault? Lenore Skenazy
Jul 5, 2017 • 12 min
Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids makes the case for carefree summer activities and unstructured play time— arguing against those who put safety fears ahead of a child’s need to explore, be curious and grow. “If You’re a Kid, the Experts Want You to Have…
#109 Secrets of Your Stuff: Mover, Finn Murphy
Jun 28, 2017 • 23 min
Are you too attached to your stuff? Do you have a big move coming up? Long-haul trucker, Finn Murphy has covered more than a million miles of packing, loading and hauling people’s material possessions all across the country. In this episode he shares his…
#108 Big Data & STEM, Overrated? Scott Hartley
Jun 21, 2017 • 29 min
In our age of big data Liberal Arts smarts are undervalued. Our guest, Scott Hartley, argues that the most valuable jobs skills in the future will belong to people who can think creatively, using emotional intelligence and adaptability. Scott is a venture…
#107 How Trust Can Save Journalism: Aron Pilhofer
Jun 14, 2017 • 27 min
Journalism is in crisis. Our trust in the news media has fallen to an all-time low. One recent poll found that two thirds of Americans believe mainstream news organizations often publish fake news. The business model at many newspapers, magazines, radio…
#106 Defusing The Prison Population Bomb: John Pfaff
Jun 7, 2017 • 28 min
Today, about 2.2 million Americans are behind bars. “The incarceration rate is about five times the rate of 1970 and our crime rate is the same as in 1970,”John Pfaff, our guest, tells us. Our guest, John Pfaff of Fordham University is both a law…
#105 Road To Disaster: VW Emissions Scandal Jack Ewing
May 31, 2017 • 27 min
It isn’t just the crime. It’s also the cover-up. Volkswagen’s multi-year conspiracy to evade pollution rules may be the biggest scandal in auto industry history. The world’s second largest car manufacturer misled regulators, consumers, and motorists. Our…
#104 Are Credit Cards Evil? Beverly Harzog
May 24, 2017 • 21 min
Are credit cards evil? Do you need to restructure debt or were refused a loan? If so, this episode is for you. If you’re a parent looking for smart money advice to pass onto young adults as they enter the workforce, our podcast has a checklist of do’s and…
#103 Neil deGrasse Tyson: Science Deniers & Wonders of the Universe Pt. 2
May 17, 2017 • 23 min
Tyson talks about the possibility of intelligent life on other planets, tackles science deniers on the right and left, and explains why we should invest more in pure science. Tyson also discusses his new book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.” “What’s…
#102 Neil deGrasse Tyson: Space, The Universe and The Case for Science, Pt.1
May 10, 2017 • 23 min
Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s most prominent spokesman for science and Director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, talks about the benefits of a cosmic perspective, the case for manned space flight and much more in this first part of our wide-ranging…
#10 Fix It Shorts: What We Learned in Our First 100 episodes
May 3, 2017 • 13 min
For Jim and Richard “How Do We Fix It? has been a great big learning experience. From how to switch careers to the search for meaning and the importance of speaking to strangers, our guests have proposed many smart, practical solutions. And they’ve also…
#100 The Myth of Main Street, Louis Hyman
Apr 26, 2017 • 25 min
Our guest is Louis Hyman, author of the provocative New York Times editorial, “The Myth of Main Street.” Louis is a Cornell University History Professor and the Director of the Institute for Workplace Studies. Nostalgia for the economy’s “good old days”…
#99 How Our Minds Heal Our Bodies: Jo Marchant
Apr 19, 2017 • 23 min
Have you ever felt a surge of adrenaline after a bike ride, working in the back yard or going to the gym? Salivated at the sight of a sour lemon? Felt turned on by your partner’s voice? If so, says scientific journalist Jo Marchant, you’ve experienced how…
#98 You’re More Powerful Than You Think: Eric Liu
Apr 12, 2017 • 26 min
If you’re disillusioned, depressed or downright furious at the state of politics today, this episode is for you. Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University, says that you’re more powerful than you think. We discuss the stories, strategies and ideas…
#9 Fix It Shorts Productivity: Charles Duhigg’s Top 4 Tips
Apr 5, 2017 • 12 min
This episode highlights four key productivity fixes from New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Duhigg. His most recent book is ”Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and In Business.” Charles is also the author of ”The…
#96 Robots Are Not Coming For Your Job, Pt 2: Peter Cappelli
Mar 29, 2017 • 24 min
How can we save good jobs? In part one (Episode #95); we talked to Peter Cappelli, of the Wharton School, about the threat of robots and automation to our workforce. In part 2 Peter explained why this threat is misplaced and he had suggested solutions for…
#95 Robots Are Not Coming For Your Job: Peter Cappelli
Mar 22, 2017 • 19 min
Here’s one less thing to worry about: robots are not going to take your job. Despite the dire predictions of analysts, workplace experts and the government, the impact of robotics and automation on employment may be hugely overstated. Professor Peter…
#94 A Vital Fix for the Media: David Bornstein
Mar 15, 2017 • 23 min
The news media is under fierce attack from President Trump; White House Strategist, Steve Bannon; and many other critics.While many claims against the press are overblown, now is a good time to look at arguments for constructive change. We decided to…
#93 Emily Esfahani Smith: The Power of Meaning
Mar 8, 2017 • 22 min
Are you happy? If not, perhaps you’re asking yourself the wrong question. Our culture is obsessed with happiness - a right that’s enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. But living a life of meaning, instead of the pursuit of happiness, may bring much deeper,…
Fix It Shorts #8. Immigrants: Great for the Economy!
Mar 1, 2017 • 15 min
When did the arguments for free trade and the benefits of immigration go out of fashion? Why is the case for scaling back the power of the financial industry under attack by the Trump administration? Richard and Jim spoke to three experts for this episode…
#91 Geoffrey Colon: Pay-to-Play: A Menace to Society?
Feb 23, 2017 • 22 min
Do you know where your information is coming from? Shadowy forces are at work to influence what we think, how we behave, and where we spend our money. They’re part of the explosion in pay-to-play. From bots and branded content to political-influence…
#90 David Greenberg: President Trump and The History of Spin
Feb 15, 2017 • 25 min
Does Donald Trump lie more than previous presidents? In the history of political spin, how does the Trump administration stack up? Presidents have always used spin and propaganda to skirt the truth, but the Trump administration has made it especially hard…
#89 Shearly Markowicz: Online Dating: Why It Works
Feb 8, 2017 • 24 min
Valentine’s Day is almost here, so we invited Dating Ring CEO Shearly Markowicz to talk about the company and give advice how to find love online. Dating Ring first came to fame when it was profiled by the Gimlet podcast, “StartUp.” Online dating has lost…
#88 The New Brooklyn: Bringing Cities Back: Kay Hymowitz
Feb 1, 2017 • 26 min
In his inaugural address, Donald Trump gave a grim description of American cities, speaking of “carnage” and “rusted out factories.” But the reality is far different in many urban centers. Our guest is Kay Hymowitz of The Manhattan Institute, author of…
#87 Taxes: How to Avoid an Audit, Get a Refund, and Don’t Panic
Jan 25, 2017 • 23 min
Do you dread filing your taxes? We simplify the process and break it down into simple steps so you can avoid costly mistakes and even an audit. You might even get back hundreds of dollars in refunds. Our guest on this podcast is certified tax accountant,…
#86 Farai Chideya: Re-think Your Career. Find a New Job
Jan 18, 2017 • 23 min
Have you spent your life switching careers? So has former NPR host, professor, and journalist Farai Chideya. It’s the new normal —- the episodic career. Can you build a career with a non-traditional work history? How do you find a rewarding career in the…
#85 Why We’re Fooled by Con Artists: Maria Konnikova
Jan 11, 2017 • 26 min
Have you ever been the victim of a con artist? Very often we fall for cons ourselves without being aware of it. We speak with journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova, best-selling author of “The Confidence Game:” Through storytelling and science, she…
#84 Smart Solutions for The New Year
Jan 5, 2017 • 21 min
Fresh thinking for the New Year: In 2016 we were exposed to a dazzling range of smart, practical ideas from our podcast guests - from climate change and money matters, healthcare reform, to making room for strangers in our lives. In this show we start…
#83 Best Moments of 2016
Dec 29, 2016 • 24 min
Alan Dershowitz on Trump; what an Islamic fundamentalist learned in an Egyptian jail; plus a tenured professor explained why she quit her job—trigger warning ahead. No doubt about it - the nomination and election of Donald Trump was the biggest, most…
#82 Lessons from the World’s Best Schools: Lucy Crehan
Dec 21, 2016 • 26 min
What we can learn from the best education systems in the world? A lot. We learn about PISA - The Program for International Student Assessment - and why this international test on math, science and reading has disturbing results for U.S. schools. We…
#81 Rana Foroohar: Wall Street’s Giant Threat to the Economy
Dec 14, 2016 • 27 min
More than eight years after the financial meltdown, we still have a lot to learn, says our guest, CNN global economic analyst Rana Foroohar. “The rise of finance has actually kind of eaten the rest of the economy,” Rana tells this in this “Fix It”…
#80 The Urgent Case for Science & Reason: Michael Shermer
Dec 7, 2016 • 25 min
Dr. Michael Shermer is our guest; he’s the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American and a regular contributor to Time.com. In his latest book, “The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth,…
#79 Smarter, Simpler Ways to Fix Healthcare: Dr. Joe Habboushe
Nov 30, 2016 • 32 min
The U.S. spends more than $3 trillion a year on healthcare, or nearly $10,000 a year for every man, woman and child. But are we getting a bang for our buck? In many cases, the answer has to be no. And this goes well beyond the raging debate over Obamacare…
#78 How Games Can Make the World Work Better: Dan Grech
Nov 23, 2016 • 23 min
This show is about the benefits adults, especially business owners, can get from playing games. This year’s huge success of Pokemon Go helped bring gamification and augmented reality into the mainstream - with many small businesses using the mobile app to…
#77 Fixes for Feminists in a Time of Trump: Sallie Krawcheck
Nov 16, 2016 • 30 min
Anyone who cares about diversity, feminism and closing the gender gap should be fired up about this show. Author, entrepreneur and - yes provocateur - Sallie Krawcheck is our guest. Her forthcoming 2017 book is “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.” Sallie…
Fix It Shorts #7: Why Trump Won. What Should Happen Next?
Nov 9, 2016 • 12 min
We recorded this the day after the stunning U.S. Presidential election. This show is our attempt to explain the reasons for Donald Trump’s win. Despite his deeply divisive rhetoric and attacks on Muslims and undocumented Mexican immigrants that deeply…
#75 Be Ready for the Future—Any Future: Mark Earls
Nov 2, 2016 • 24 min
Almost all of us do a poor job of predicting the future. This show looks at how we can adapt to the disruption and change the future inevitably brings. Using examples from business and our personal lives, we consider how to be smarter and more successful.…
#74 Talking to Strangers Made Me a Better Person: Kio Stark
Oct 28, 2016 • 22 min
“There are genuine emotional benefits when we connect with strangers,” says our guest, Kio Stark. These fleeting interactions are important interruptions in the steady routine of our lives. “They bring connectedness and belonging.” Kio is the author of…
#73 Why Nonprofits Need to Stop Begging: Jennifer McCrea
Oct 19, 2016 • 22 min
Do you believe you can make a difference? What improvements to the world have been made by nonprofit organizations? What lessons have been learnt by philanthropists about delivering services and furthering their cause? These and many more questions are…
Fix It Shorts #6: Election 2016: The Problem is Us. We The Voters
Oct 12, 2016 • 14 min
The news media have bombarded us with stories about the candidates, the contest and - to a lesser extent - the crucial issues America faces as people vote for the next President. This podcast is about the voters. We went back to four past episodes of “How…
#71 Saving Walkers & Bikers from Killer Cars: Nicole Gelinas
Oct 5, 2016 • 27 min
“Vision Zero” is the highly ambitious plan put in place two years ago by New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio. The goal: no traffic deaths by 2024. America’s largest city is nowhere near reducing fatal crashes to zero, but great progress has been made since…
#70 Fighting the Extremists—on Both Sides: Alan Dershowitz
Sep 28, 2016 • 29 min
Electile Dysfunction (is), “a terrible pun plus insightful commentary” is how TV host and wit Seth Myers describes” the new book by Professor Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz became a professor at Harvard Law when he was 25 years old. In his long and…
#69 A Better Way to Think About Migrants: Leonard Doyle
Sep 21, 2016 • 29 min
Too often, migrants and refugees are viewed as “other” - not like us. In recent days Donald Trump Jr. compared the Syrian refugee problem to a bowl of Skittles In this episode, Leonard Doyle of the International Organization for Migration walks us through…
#68 Why Everyone Is Wrong About the Economy: Ruchir Sharma
Sep 14, 2016 • 24 min
Get ready for slower economic growth and de-globalization, says investor and writer Ruchir Sharma. Ruchir invited us to his New York office, where he is the head of emerging markets and chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He…
#67 How Being Grateful Will Make You Happier: Janice Kaplan
Sep 7, 2016 • 19 min
On New Year’s Eve, journalist and former Parade Editor-in-Chief Janice Kaplan made a promise to herself to be grateful during the coming year and look on the bright side of whatever happens. As we find out in this episode, it made a big difference to her…
#66 Fixing Everyday Money Mistakes: Rebecca Jarvis
Aug 31, 2016 • 25 min
How much do you know about money? Many of us make simple mistakes that cost us hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year. According to a recent study by The FINRA Investor Education Foundation, only 37% of Americans have high financial literacy. 29% of…
#65 Moms Clean Air Force: Gretchen Dahlkemper
Aug 24, 2016 • 24 min
From “nap-time activists” and mommy bloggers to a “stroller march” on Washington, Moms Clean Air Force is using creative and highly effective ways to advance their cause to get dangerous pollutants out of the air. In this “How Do We Fix It?” episode we…
Fix It Shorts #5: Technology: How Children Learn and Play
Aug 17, 2016 • 14 min
Following on from our recent episodes about high schools and playdates, this week we explore children’s learning, technology and play with three “How DO We Fix It?” guests. Science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez explains why all young kids are fascinated by…
#63 How Brownsville TX Took on Obesity: Dr. Rose Gowen
Aug 10, 2016 • 20 min
The obesity rate is 52% in Brownsville, Texas - far higher than the national average. Nearly one in three residents has diabetes - three times the rate elsewhere. Brownsville also has a very high rate of poverty where more half the residents are not…
#62 Untangling the Tricky Politics of Playdates: Tamara Mose
Aug 3, 2016 • 22 min
Remember when kids were allowed to play, usually without supervision, when did that change? When did play turn into a playdate? Today many parents organize playdates. Play is arranged, supervised and has the parental seal of approval. “I think we could…
Fix It Shorts #4: Why Hacking Threaten All of Us: Adam Levin
Jul 27, 2016 • 12 min
The release of nearly 19,000 e-mails from the Democratic National Committee rocked party leaders and forced the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. We look at how this happened, why Russia was probably involved and how many other…
#60 Ideas to Save our Failing High Schools: Liz Willen
Jul 20, 2016 • 26 min
Improving America’s high schools is an exceptionally complex and difficult task. But all across the country the most enlightened educators are working to narrow the gap between student achievement and the needs of an evolving workplace. Our guest, Liz…
#59 Why the Human Touch Still Matters: Steve Hilton
Jul 13, 2016 • 25 min
When is the last time that you called a big company or government agency and a human being answered the phone? From big data, complex algorithms and giant corporations to massive government bureaucracy, the everyday life can seem increasingly impersonal.…
#58 A Better Way to Understand Polls: Gary Langer
Jul 6, 2016 • 23 min
Are opinion polls accurate? Did they miss the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? Do they properly measure America’s increasingly sharp political and cultural divisions? What’s the difference between a well-designed poll conducted with careful…
#57 How To Be Smarter About Risk: Karen Firestone
Jun 29, 2016 • 23 min
This show may very well save you money, boost your career and help you make smarter decisions. It’s about risk. Our guest is Karen Firestone - author of the new book “Even The Odds - Sensible Risk Taking in Business Investing and Life.” She is President…
Fix It Shorts #3: Should Britain Vote to Leave the European Union?: Steve Hilton
Jun 17, 2016 • 11 min
Would Britain face lasting economic and political harm if it votes to quit the European Union in June 23rd’s referendum? Our show looks at the case for Brexit. Steve Hilton, one of David Cameron’s closest friends and a former senior political advisor to…
Fix It Shorts #2: 2016 Presidential Campaign: Lessons From History. Sean Wilentz
Jun 15, 2016 • 14 min
How many times have heard somebody say that the political campaign has reached a new low? How much worse is the 2016 race compared to previous elections? We asked Princeton University Professor, Sean Wilentz, to give us a history lesson. In his latest…
#54 Harnessing the Hidden Power of Habit: Charles Duhigg
Jun 8, 2016 • 26 min
This podcast is all about how to have better habits and use them to be more productive in our projects, careers and everyday lives. We talk about to-do lists, email, mental models and making the most of our time with best-selling author,Charles Duhigg.…
#53 Medical Mistakes: The 3rd Largest Cause of Death
Jun 1, 2016 • 25 min
Medical errors are America’s third largest cause of death. Only heart disease and cancer have a higher body count. A new report estimates that about 250,000 Americans die each year because of screw-ups in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other medical…
Fix It Shorts #1: Crazy Red Tape and Rigid Rules: How Do We Fix It?
May 25, 2016 • 11 min
It’s the biggest issue of the Presidential campaign that the candidates are not talking about: bloated government and the poor delivery of services. From very long TSA airport security lines to the dysfunction at your local DMV, our interactions with…
#51 Why Self-Driving Cars Are a Sneaky Plot: Eddie Alterman
May 18, 2016 • 25 min
With technology in overdrive, self-driving cars are no longer a fantasy. The first autonomous cars and trucks made by major auto manufacturers could be on the road within several years. But “Fix It” guest Eddie Alterman, Editor-in-Chief of Car and Driver…
#50 Building a Much Better Workplace: How Do We Fix It?
May 11, 2016 • 25 min
The numbers are alarming. A 2015 Gallup poll found nearly 70% of U.S. employers say they’re either bored or disengaged at work. The cost to employers has been put at more than $500 billion in lost productivity. The cost to workers is incalculable - in…
#49 Don’t Freak Out About Terrorism: Fixes from The Security Mom
May 4, 2016 • 19 min
“Stuff happens,” says homeland security expert and mom of three, Juliette Kayyem. The government has got to find a better way to talk about the threat of terrorism and natural disasters. Most of us need to have a better plan to prepare. “We talked in a…
#48 John Gable Do You Know How Biased You Are? John Gable of AllSides.com
Apr 26, 2016 • 26 min
“At the end of the day everybody is biased,” says our guest, John Gable, founder CEO of AllSides. “You’re biased by what you know. You’re biased by what you know and you’re biased by your entire human existence before then.” AllSides is unique in how it…
#47 A Better Way to Report The News: David Bornstein
Apr 20, 2016 • 25 min
Too often, news coverage is all about clashes, controversies and contests. The way the media cover major events can have a profound impact on our view of the world. In this episode, Jim and Richard - both journalists themselves - are joined by David…
#46 An Environmentalist’s Passionate Case for Nuclear Power: Michael Shellenberger
Apr 13, 2016 • 24 min
With the approach of Earth Day, this show looks at the clean air, carbon-free case for nuclear power. And it challenges the view held by many environmentalists that the only way to save the planet is for all of us to get by with less. Guest Michael…
#45 The Case for Children’s Free Play: Lenore Skenazy
Apr 6, 2016 • 27 min
You can’t have too much of a really good thing. That’s why we decided to invite Lenore Skenazy,founder of Free Range Kids, to make a welcome return to “How Do We Fix It?” She was a guest on an earlier show. Lenore is the passionate and playful campaigner,…
#44 Our Problem with Science. Ainissa Ramirez: How Do We Fix It?
Mar 30, 2016 • 28 min
We have a problem in our society. Too many people don’t understand science or the importance of the scientific method. Many children aren’t learning the basics of math and science, which closes off a broad range of career opportunities. It’s also a…
#43 Joan Blades Part 2 - How to Speak With People You Disagree With
Mar 22, 2016 • 17 min
This episode looks at the simple, highly personal way that living room conversations allow people of different viewpoints to really hear each other. A progressive activist, Joan Blades was deeply involved in starting MoveOn.org in the late 90’s. More…
#42 Neighbors Divided Over Politics: Joan Blades: How Do We Fix It?
Mar 16, 2016 • 21 min
How can you talk to people you disagree with? We Talk to Joan Blades, the founder of MoveOn.org about how to bridge the partisan divide. This show is another response to the deep partisan divide in America - part one of a fascinating conversation with…
#41 Explaining Donald Trump; The Role Emotions Play In Big Decisions
Mar 9, 2016 • 27 min
Let’s face it. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have won far more votes than almost any “expert” forecast. The reason may well be that emotions and learned behavior from others play a far bigger role in our decision making than most of us realize. Our “Fix…
#40 America’s Angry Political Divide. Mark Gerzon
Mar 1, 2016 • 27 min
More than any time in recent decades, American politics are deeply divided. Compromise is a dirty word. “The way that we’re running the country is that we’re not running the country,” says our guest Mark Gerzon, author of the new book, “The Reunited…
#39 The Gender Gap in Our Public Square: Joan Wages: How Do We Fix It?
Feb 23, 2016 • 20 min
From the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers - through wars, economic change and the struggle for civil rights, American history is overwhelmingly dominated by the achievements and errors of men. Women - because they were largely excluded from…
#38 Why Obamacare Might Collapse: Megan McArdle: How Do We Fix It?
Feb 17, 2016 • 34 min
For its opponents, Obamacare is a disaster - a classic example of over-reach by an Administration that wants to expand the size and scope of the Federal government. Supporters say The Affordable Care Act is a triumph, benefiting countless millions of…
#37 Breast Cancer: Lessons from a life-threatening journey. Debbie Galant
Feb 10, 2016 • 26 min
Debbie Galant talks about what it’s like to live with breast cancer. What she learned along the way amount to solutions for what can be a desperate, lonely experience. From the shock of her first diagnosis to sometimes wrenching, sometimes funny…
#36 The Risks of Safety: Greg Ip: How Do We Fix It?
Feb 3, 2016 • 22 min
Anti-lock brakes make many motorists drive faster. Introducing helmets and face masks in football raised the risk of concussions. Financial regulators and central bankers played a role in creating conditions that led to the 2008 mortgage meltdown. The…
#35 Our Flawed Fight Against ISIS: Maajid Nawaz: How Do We Fix It?
Jan 26, 2016 • 24 min
Before The U.S. and other nations can be successful against Islamic State (ISIS) and other global jihadists, we must understand the difference between Islam and Islamism. That’s the argument from our guest on this week’s episode, Maajid Nawaz. “It happens…
#34 The backlash against science. Alice Dreger: How Do We Fix It?
Jan 20, 2016 • 26 min
We’d like to think that science should exist outside of politics and researchers follow the truth wherever it goes. But the ideal of rational non-ideological science is under attack at many colleges and universities, says our guest, Alice Dreger. An…
#33 Fighting Over Land in The West: Nancy Langston - How Do We Fix It
Jan 13, 2016 • 28 min
The armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the dry prairies of Southeast Oregon by members a small militia group is the most recent chapter in the very long-running dispute over land in The West. Our guest is environmental historian…
#32 New Year’s Resolutions for 2015
Dec 31, 2015 • 24 min
It’s easy to make resolutions to improve our lives, but how do we boost our chances of following through? The first two guests on this New Year’s Resolutions special are Dave McRaney of the podcast, “You Are Not So Smart” and Dr. Peter Whybrow,Director of…
#31: 2015 In Review: Some of Our Best Moments
Dec 29, 2015 • 30 min
If you want to get of sense of what we’re about, this highlights show may be a good place to start. We’ve put together a “best of” podcast that reflects our values and makes the argument for why we’re worth listening to. From Episode 4, released in June,…
#30 How The Internet Is Messing With Our Brains. Abigail Baird: How Do We Fix It?
Dec 23, 2015 • 25 min
We love our smartphones, tablets, and laptops. But what is the explosion in mobile technology doing to our brains? Our guest, Professor Abigail Baird,is a developmental psychologist,expert on the teenage brain and mother of two young children. She says…
#29 Are College Students Too Emotionally Fragile? Hara Marano: How Do We Fix It?
Dec 15, 2015 • 23 min
From angry scenes over Halloween costumes at Yale to protests against racism at the University of Missouri, student activism is back. More than at any time since the late 1960’s, America is in the middle of a wave of college unrest. To what extent do…
#28 Walls, Barriers and Bans: The Cost of Panic Over Immigration & Terror: How Do We Fix It?
Dec 7, 2015 • 26 min
From Paris to San Bernardino, terrorist attacks have sparked an outcry from many politicians in Europe and the U.S. - including calls for new controls on immigration, refugees and the free movement of labor across national borders. The leading Republican…
#27 America’s Sleep Crisis: Jeff Koyen. How Do We Fix It?
Dec 1, 2015 • 24 min
How can we get more sleep? If you have at least seven hours of interrupted sleep each night, consider yourself very lucky indeed. Problems with sleep are remarkably widespread. Many millions of adults and children either don’t spend enough time in bed or…
#26 The Trouble With Today’s Toys: Richard Gottlieb: How Do We Fix It?
Nov 24, 2015 • 25 min
The holiday shopping season is underway and finding the right toy or game for his or her kids is the goal of every parent. A vast range of new toys has been introduced in recent months. Joining us in this episode to look at the recent changes is…
#25 Climate Change: Turning CO2 Into Rock: Peter Kelemen: How Do We Fix It
Nov 16, 2015 • 22 min
The demand for energy around the world continues to grow each year. And so does the amount of carbon dioxide that’s pumped into the earth’s atmosphere. What happens if the world fails to bring down CO2 emissions in the coming decades? What if all the…
#24 Why The Federal Reserve Is So Unpopular Roger Lowenstein: How Do We Fix It?
Nov 9, 2015 • 23 min
The Federal Reserve plays a fundamental role in our economy. But many Americans loathe The Federal Reserve - furious that The Fed bailed out banks and other huge financial firms during the 2008 financial crisis. Our guest, Roger Lowenstein, is the author…
#23 The Dangers of Confirmation Bias with David McRaney: How Do We Fix It?
Nov 3, 2015 • 26 min
More than ever America is divided into political tribes. One person’s truth is somebody else’s lie. This show is about confirmation bias and filter bubbles: How our brains play tricks on us as we try to make sense of the world. David McRaney, host of the…
#22 Gender Inequality at Work with Laura Vanderkam. How Do We Fix It?
Oct 28, 2015 • 25 min
Women in the workplace face huge challenges, including discrimination and low pay. The Pew Research Center says women’s hourly wages are 84% those of men. The White House says the true number is lower. Many firms insist on rigid working hours, making it…
#21 Climate Shock: The Global Warming Threat, How Do We Fix It?
Oct 21, 2015 • 27 min
If you had a 10% of facing a flood or getting into a fatal car accident, you’d make sure you bought first-rate insurance coverage. That’s what our guest Gernot Wagner says we should do about climate change. Science tells us that if we do nothing, there is…
#20 Insurance Errors: Are You Covered For A Disaster? How Do We Fix It
Oct 14, 2015 • 29 min
Many of us make potentially disastrous mistakes with insurance. Either we don’t have nearly enough coverage or pay through the nose for duplicate options that we don’t need. Insurance expert Laura Adams has easy-to-follow solutions and smart buying tips…
#19 Lenore Skenazy(Rerun): Free Range Kids
Oct 6, 2015 • 28 min
Do helicopter parents need to come in for a landing? Lenore Skenazy, host of the cable TV show, “World’s Worst Mom”, says yes. The founder of the parenting movement Free Range Kids is Jim and Richard’s expert guest. Skenazy argues society fills parents…
#18 Stock Market Panic and Investor Mistakes: How Do We Fix It?
Sep 30, 2015 • 29 min
With recent worries about the global economy and stock market panic, investment expert Susan Schmidt, Senior Portfolio Manager at Westwood Holdings Group, has a simple message: keep calm. 55% of Americans have money in the market. Most are long term…
#17 We’re Sending The Wrong Message To Kids About Jobs: How Do We Fix It?
Sep 23, 2015 • 25 min
TV host, writer, author and producer Mike Rowe says America needs to change its understanding about work and face up to the widening skills gap. Many manufacturers can’t fill find workers to do well-paid skilled technical and labor one jobs. Mike argues…
#16 Campus Free Speech Is Under Threat: How Do We Fix It?
Sep 16, 2015 • 26 min
We look at threats to free speech on college campuses with Greg Lukianoff, a constitutional lawyer and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Greg says there’s been an alarming rise in trigger warnings and hypersensitivity, with…
#15 The Hysteria Over Sex Offenders: How Do We Fix It?
Sep 9, 2015 • 25 min
“Protecting Our Kids?: How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us” is the provocative title of the new book by sociology professor Emily Horowitz. She argues that America is in the grip of panic, saying that sex offender laws enacted over the past twenty years…
#14 The Housing Market Is Still Broken: How Do We Fix It?
Aug 26, 2015 • 28 min
Fear and panic gripped the stock market this week with worries that China’s problems could cause a global recession. But is Wall Street out of step with Main Street? Time for a reality check with economist and housing market expert Nela Richardson, Chief…
#13 My Child Has a Terrible Teacher: How Do We Fix It?
Aug 18, 2015 • 34 min
How often have heard parents complain about their kids’ teachers? Everyone, it seems, has opinions about education, test scores and schools. Who is to blame for poor teaching, and how do we fix it? What makes a teacher great? Elizabeth Green,…
#12 The Sour Fight Over Sugary Sodas: How Do We Fix It?
Aug 11, 2015 • 28 min
Coca-Cola, the world’s largest maker of sugary sodas, is under fire for giving millions of dollars to a group of scientists who say that lack of exercise is much more important cause of obesity than poor diets. Are they right? Is Coke using scientists to…
#11 Google: Too Powerful For Our Democracy? How Do We Fix It?
Aug 4, 2015 • 25 min
How does Google play to our prejudices, and could its mighty search engine be used to change election results? 75% of all internet searches are done through Google. Our guest is well-known psychologist and author Dr. Robert Epstein, Founder of the…
#10 Washington’s Revolving Door Corruption: How Do We Fix It?
Jul 27, 2015 • 18 min
The “revolving door” is a corrupting influence on both government and industry. So says University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds. He’s an outspoken critic of Washington insiders and the blogger behind Instapundit.com, one of America’s most…
#9 Our Bad Habits Hold Us Back: How Do We Fix It?
Jul 20, 2015 • 23 min
Are you overwhelmed by the flood of information, technology and choices that we all face as consumers? This episode with Jim and Richard features neuroscientist and behavior expert Dr. Peter Whybrow, Director of The Semel Institute at UCLA. His research…
#8 Hacking: The Online Threat To All Of Us. How Do We Fix It?
Jul 13, 2015 • 27 min
Data and identity theft are a threat to all of us. The recent breach of government computers at The Office of Personnel Management was only the latest example of a growing crisis. Adam Levin, founder of credit.com and IDT 911 is a leading expert on data…
#7 Your Personal Finance Is A Disaster: How Do We Fix It?
Jul 6, 2015 • 23 min
“Anything is possible in your financial life as long as you work hard at it, and want it bad enough,” says personal financial expert Farnoosh Torabi. The host of the daily podcast, “So Money,” Farnoosh is an nationally known author and journalist, who has…
#6 The Sharing Economy: A Threat To The Middle Class? How Do We Fix It?
Jun 29, 2015 • 27 min
The on-demand economy is a hit with consumers. Uber, Lyft, Homejoy, and other companies provide a growing number of convenient services. But there’s a heated debate about how they treat their workers. Should they be classified as independent contractors…
#5 We Need More Free Range Kids: How Do We Fix It?
Jun 17, 2015 • 26 min
Do helicopter parents need to come in for a landing? Lenore Skenazy, host of the cable TV show, “World’s Worst Mom”, says yes. The founder of the parenting movement Free Range Kids is Jim and Richard’s expert guest. Skenazy argues society fills parents…
#1 The Tech Threat To Your Kids: How Do We Fix It?
Apr 20, 2015 • 29 min
Computers, video games and mobile devices are a huge temptation for kids. But are they really a threat, or instead a great opportunity for children to learn about the world? In this show Jim and Richard are joined by developmental psychologist Abigail…
#2 Why We’re Bored and Frustrated At Work: How Do We Fix It?
Mar 30, 2015 • 32 min
The numbers are alarming. A recent Gallup says that less than one-third of American workers are engaged in their jobs. Millions of employees are either bored or completely fed up. In addition to the human misery this causes dysfunctional workplaces damage…
#4 Government Red Tape Is A Nightmare: How Do We Fix It?
Mar 16, 2015 • 31 min
All of us pay taxes, but how well is that money being spent? Many government services are poorly delivered. From the local DMV or zoning department to the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs, government can be a big tangled mess. For decades,…
#3 Drowning In Credit Card Debt: How Do We Fix It?
Mar 14, 2015 • 32 min
Credit card debt is once again on the rise. The average U.S. household that borrows money with high interest credit cards owes $15,000. Many people are overwhelmed by monthly bills. Expert Beverly Harzog has seen the problems from both sides. Author of…