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New World Notes - Jobs

01/15/2013 12:00
01/15/2013 12:30

 

This week on New World Notes: radio program #254, January 15, 2013, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst looks at the issue of jobs.

Which is worse: a job where your bosses are idiots, you don't have a prayer of success, it's 110 degrees, sex is a distant memory, once in awhile people shoot at you, and the nearest bottle of beer is 100 miles away? ... Or unemployment?

That's a close call. Why not listen and decide for yourself?

This week we look at jobs, employment, and federal policies that affect the economy. We start with a good short movie by Progressive economists ECON4. They say that the country's budget deficit is not an important economic problem. The main economic problem is widespread unemployment, and increased government spending should be part of the cure. Politicians of both parties are lying.

Then KD reviews a scathing and very funny book about a bad job--in both senses of the term. It's full of first-hand details of how the State Department botched Iraq reconstruction--written by a foreign service officer on the scene who helped botch it. (We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, by Peter Van Buren, Metropolitan Books, 2011)

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "Executive Dining Room") of WWUH-FM, a community service of the University of Hartford.

You can listen to any installment of New World Notes online or else download it (as an mp3 audio file) for later listening. The show is archived at both A-Infos Radio Project and (from #90 onwards) the Internet Archive. Either link should get you a reverse-chronological listing of available installments. Or browse the show's Web site: Each installment has a page; each page has links to the recorded audio; and a handy table of contents will quickly find the installment you want.

Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want--and what they're trying to make us settle for.

Coming soon (Tuesday air debut dates shown)

January 22 -- MLK vs. the War Machine

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