AND YOU THOUGHT BABY BOOMERS WERE THE “ME” GENERATION? MEET THEIR MATCH–THE MILLENNIALS

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New studies suggest that the millennials, those born between 1980 and 1994, really have perfected self involvement. They make us boomers look like pikers.  Is that your experience?  How much are they a reflection and an exaggeration of their boomer parents, a product of the selfie age or do we plain have them all wrong? Dr. John Huber puts them on the couch for some analysis.

HOW DUMB IS YOUR HOME?

Jim Barry, the digital answer man and spokesman for the Consumer Technology Association, hopes that these old walls can’t listen to what we’re about to say.  But your home really is pretty dumb compared to what it will be in the future.  How smart will we begin to design homes?  How can you retrofit yours to feature advances that will make life easier?  You’d be smart to listen in.

WHY IS LIFE EXPECTANCY DECREASING IN THE U.S.?

It’s disturbing news that if you fast forward to 2030 our life expectancy in the US begins to look more like Mexico than Sweden.  Why is this?  Some of the factors are discernible with the naked eye(obesity), but others require a look at many other developing social trends.  We discuss this fascinating topic with Dr. Elaina George on this ‘America Trends’.

WHAT ARE THE TRICKS OF WASHINGTON THAT MAKE IT DYSFUNCTIONAL AND HOW DO WE CHANGE THIS?

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Author David Schoenbrod, author of ‘DC Confidential’ joins us to figure out why we lack trust in Congress and how we fix these things going forward.  And it’s not necessarily for the reasons often cited, like partisan divides.  It’s a bi-partisan problem which will require some new thinking.  And that’s what you get on ‘America Trends’.

HOW DO YOU PLAN FOR THE RETIREMENT OF THE FUTURE?

There’s a whole lot more decision-making required than just determining if you have enough money to live out this new phase of life.  We talk about all the factors that go  into the retirement equation with Bob Powell from MarketWatch, who writes about this topic from many different perspectives.  It’s not your father’s retirement phase, but you do need a plan, Stan, to make it what you want.  Take a listen.  We’ll get you off and running…

IS THE WAR ON POVERTY WINNABLE OR A LOST CAUSE?

Peter Cove, founder of America Works and author of ‘Poor No More’ has been re-thinking the issues of dependency and the war on poverty and feels that he’s come up with a solution that puts work first and tears apart the bureaucracy that impedes innovation in favor of protecting their own turf.  He was a dedicated foot soldier in the War on Poverty in the 1960’s but was also involved in welfare reform in the 90’s, having started his own for profit organization to change the government model back in the 1980’s. Where are we today and where is the desire to lift people out of poverty going in the future?  Hear his informed perspective here.

ONE MAN’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON LAW AND ORDER REFORM

Larry Lawton has seen the workings of the criminal justice system from many different vantage points–as a criminal, prisoner, and now reformer and educator.  He shares his thoughts on policing, sentencing, prison life and more in this wide ranging interview on topics being debated in state capitols and Congress.  He is the co-author of ‘Gangster Redemption’.

SIGNS SIGNS EVERYWHERE A SIGN

Protests are taken place throughout the nation and they are taking on various forms.  Larry discusses the recent protests and what they may be moving toward in the period ahead(general strike, perhaps?).  He also looks to the impact they may have given our experiences with the Tea Party in the recent past.  And if you look out over the horizon and see these protests continuing, how do you prepare to join in?  Dr. Joe Alton a disaster preparedness expert, author of ‘The Survival Medicine Handbook’ and presenter of his own podcast(doomandboom.net)joins Larry to provide tips to surviving a protest and the general approach to situational awareness in any public place.

SHOULD EVERYONE BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM TWO YEARS OF NATIONAL SERVICE AT AGE 18?

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I know one group who hates this idea without going any further.  College presidents.  I can see the Ivy being ripped off the walls just thinking about it.
Other than that group who can argue that citizenship in America really doesn’t require much heavy lifting.  What–going to polls every two years?  And we even complain about that!
We need a month of early voting to find time for it between football games and bar hopping.
And who can argue that with the notion that our understanding of civics and government is slight(ask someone how many branches of the government there are and see how many people consider the Senate and the U S House to add up to 2).
Further, let’s play military bingo and see how many college graduates from the Northeast have worn the uniform.  If you find one, yell ‘bingo’.
In his book, ‘Step Forward America’, Ted Hollander makes a compelling case for a national service program that makes us better citizens.

DO YOU NEED TRUE GRIT TO SUCCEED?

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According to Angela Duckworth, a professor at U Penn, it’s THE characteristic that truly sets apart the men from the boys.  In fact, in one of the most illuminating examples of passion and perseverance, she explains in her HUGE selling book, ‘Grit’ that it’s the only way to understand why so many of the well qualified West Point freshmen don’t make it.  On the surface, they all seem capable of the rigors involved having gotten through the strenuous application process.  Will we test for ‘grit’ in the future?  Listen to my conversation with her.