LOCAL COMMUNITIES INNOVATE, WHILE D.C. STALEMATES

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If you’re looking for the epicenter of problem-solving in America today, Congress is hardly the beacon for effective governance. We find in our review of how America is now dealing with human needs that networks of local organizations, including local and regional governments, are filling the breach Congress has left. Hospitals, colleges, non-profits and local governments, teaming together in many places, have little regard for partisan politics and are finding new ways of getting things done. Two urban policy experts, Jeremy Nowak and Bruce Katz, call it ‘The New Localism’ in their book. Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution joins us to describe how its manifested in communities through red and blue America.

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