"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 .
A new book by a Dartmouth professor explores the changing world of advances in technology, medicine, and marketing and the greater role that developing nations are playing. More and more, innovations are occurring in poorer countries, then exported to wealthy nations, turning traditional patterns on their head. We’ll hear some examples, and why our guest says this could benefit everyone.
This fall, Granite Staters will vote on a constitutional amendment that would forever forbid the adoption of broad-based income taxes. Supporters say enshrining this principle will protect what they’ve long called “The New Hampshire Advantage”,while opponents predict it’ll tie the hands of future leaders to address state priorities. We'll look at both sides of this debate.
We sit down with a panel of Statehouse leaders to discuss the 2012 Legislative year. We’ll hear from top members of the State House and State Senate about what they say are their biggest accomplishments and disappointments of this session. We’ll also get their thoughts on how what happened at the Statehouse this year will affect what happens at the ballot box this fall.
Headlines have quieted down on the Hydro-power project called Northern Pass, but efforts to continue and thwart the project are ongoing. A new study questions the need for Northern Pass’s hydropower, given low natural gas prices. Meanwhile, there’s been activity on land purchases in the North Country that could connect the dots for the project’s final route. We will look at that latest news around Northern Pass.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with the Northern Pass project, the headlines may have quieted down, but progress hasn’t both in getting it off the ground and stopping it in its tracks. Then a roundtable of House and Senate Leadership joins us to discuss the biggest achievements and disappointments of this legislative session. We look a constitutional amendment that you'll be voting on this fall that would bar any sort of income tax.
With the focus on Europe’s economic woes and China’s clout, it’s easy to overlook that our nation’s largest geographic border, Canada, is also our largest trading partner. Although, it works well most of the time, there are some tensions, like over duty-free status, controversial energy projects, and imbalances in tourism traffic. We’ll look at how these issues affect the bottom dollar in both countries.
Even though the Housing Market seems to be stabilizing, foreclosures are still a major problem. Some homeowners, who have tried to negotiate with banks are now going to court, saying they’ve not been able to get any clarity. Meanwhile, Lenders say they are making efforts, as they still are wading through an unprecedented number of troubled mortgages. We'll look how foreclosures are fairing in the Granite State.
When the recession began, Americans started pinching their pennies and repaying debt, causing some to speculate that consumers might permanently abandon their free-spending ways. But now, Americans are again loosening their purse-strings. We’ll look at how and why our saving habits change and how these variations affect the larger economy.
A new book by liberal commentator Chris Hayes examines the widespread institutional failures over the last ten years…from government to Wall Street to the Catholic Church to major league baseball. Hayes says this “lost decade” has led the public to distrust anyone in authority…and he points blame at a fundamental cherished American ideal: the meritocracy.
Renting property can be tricky business. Landlords hand their apartments and houses –at least for a time – over to virtual strangers. And tenants have no real control over such matters as broken fixtures and dilapidated buildings. At times, these two groups can be at odds, leading to disputes that end up in court proceedings.