Wtih shifting geopolitical allegiances, and power struggles at home and abroad, some suggest that its time for the U.S. to clarify its role in the world. The goal is a new set of guiding principles that can also strengthen our own economy. We'll explore some of these ideas currently making the rounds in diplomatic circles.
"Socially Responsible", its a catchword used by many businesses these days whether they want to promote their environmental friendliness, political awareness or by the way they treat their employees. "We talk to the author of a new book who says there are many issues to consider when deeming a business socially responsible, both for the consumer and for the companies themselves. In some cases, there are uncomfortable tradeoffs, it’s nearly impossible to fulfill every ideal. And then there’s making a profit still a necessity, even if you’re eco-friendly.
We explore the history of French Canadians in the Granite State with Franco-American scholar Robert Perreault. Arguably no other culture has had a greater influence on New Hampshire than Franco-Americans. We'll look at why they came, where they settled, and the idea of "La Survivance," which kept their culture alive and well in such cities as Manchester, Nashua, and Berlin.
Several years ago, a grass-roots movement called "the Tea Party", united around fiscal conservatism and played a pivotal role in the republican resurgence. More recently though, some suggest that its political clout is waning, but Tea Party members say they’re just working more strategically, and will be as influential as ever in twenty-twelve. Monday we're joined by a roundtable of Tea Party members to talk about the direction of the movement.
Next week on the Exchange, we find out what’s brewing with the Tea Party. We’ll talk with statewide activists in this movement about where the party has been and where it’s going during this political season. Then, we look at the influence of the French Canadians to New Hampshire with local Franco American historian, Robert Perreault. We talk to the author of a new book scrutinizes the eco-friendly brands of several major companies. And two foreign policy experts call for a new American Grand Strategy on the international stage.
The “Man-cession” becomes the “man-covery.” Men suffered huge job losses during the recession when construction and manufacturing were especially hard hit. But now, they’re gaining jobs at a faster pace than women, in some cases entering fields long-dominated by female workers. We’ll examine this latest shift in the labor market.
(This program was originally broadcast on May 24, 2012.)
Our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story continues with a special Socrates Exchange, examining the question: Who is American? Is it simply a matter of birthright, and legal status? Or is it a state of mind, a certain spirit or attitude? And is being American defined by the way I view myself or how others look at me?
Max Latona: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Saint Anselm College
The United States and other nations, along with terrorist and criminal groups, are increasingly engaged in high-tech espionage and cyber attacks, often with an aim at destabilizing communications and other critical infrastructure. We discuss the nature of this growing threat and how it affects both government and the private sector.
Yesterday, in a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to uphold most of President Obama's signature health care law. The decision came with mixed reactions in New Hampshire. Some applauded the ruling while others plotted political revenge. Both Democrats and Republicans have called it a political 'leg up' for their hopes in November, but only time will tell who is right? Today we'll look at this decision, how it will affect Granite Staters and how it may play out politically both nationally and here in New Hampshire.
Dartmouth physician Ira Byock says even with incredible advances in medicine, far too many Americans suffer needlessly and die “badly”. In a new book, Byock calls for a new approach toward the end of life; one focused on taking care of persons, not just “bodies”, and helping patients and their families reach decisions about dying.
"Why have fundamentally good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests?", asks Harvard professor, Lawrence Lessig. His new book "Republic, Lost" explores how he says money has corrupted American politics. Lessig blames special interests and campaign finance rules to the fact that U.S citizens trust government less than ever. He also suggests a widespread mobilization and new Constitution Convention to regain control over what he says is a 'corrupted but redeemable representational system.
The controversial mining method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", has led to a boom in production of cheap natural gas by getting at what was previously inaccessible pockets of gas contained in shale. Energy companies see it as way to reduce America’s dependence on oil and lower our energy bills, but concerns over environmental safety have others saying we need to slow down and study the issue. We cover all sides of fracking and its potential impacts here in New England.
Recently we’ve seen dueling definitions of what it means to be poor. The U.S. Census Bureau came up with two figures, depending on whether factors like food stamps are included. And another study defined poverty as having scant resources. But some have long said that poverty figures are exaggerated and used for political purposes.
Beth Mattingly: Director of Research on Vulnerable Families at the Carsey Institute and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire.
Next week on the Exchange, we bring you some of our very favorite past programs. We’ll begin with a new definition of poverty, and why it’s creating some political waves. Then we look at the controversial but growing practice of fracking as a source for natural gas. We talk to Harvard Professor, Lawrence Lessig who asks why 'fundamentally good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests?" Later, Dartmouth doctor Ira Byock talks about end-of-life care, and his book “the best care possible”. And we end the week with an environmental author…on h
Heavy hitters from Richard Ford to Dave Eggers to John Irving have new offerings. There are books on Bruce Springsteen, James Joyce and the Obamas and as the weather warms, you may want to read the steamy pages of Fifty shades of Gray. We’ll look at the books you’ll want to take with you to the beach the mountains or just as your lounging in your backyard for the summer of 2012 .