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From Risking His Life To Saving Lives, Ex-Coal Miner Is Happy To Take The Paycut

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:47:00 -0400

The "Brave New Workers" series tells stories of Americans adapting to a changing economy. This week: after years working in the coal mines of West Virginia, a miner charts a new career in health care.



Student Loans: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:09:00 -0400

Is trade school the ticket? Does the middle class have the worst debt woes? Listeners weigh in with burning student loan questions.



Why My Coal Mining Grandfather's Deathbed Advice Applies To Minority Americans

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:31:00 -0400

As my grandfather lay dying from Black Lung disease, his eldest children did not question or doubt his advice to them: go out and get educations, and master newer ways of working.



Maurice Conti: Can Machines Think And Feel For Themselves?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:02:54 -0400

Futurist Maurice Conti says we've entered a new era where machines and humans partner to do what neither can do alone. He calls it the "Augmented Age."



Marco Annunziata: What Will Human-Machine Collaboration Mean For Our Jobs?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:02:54 -0400

GE's Chief Economist Marco Annunziata is optimistic about "the marriage of minds and machines" — provided we manage it the right way.



Erik Brynjolfsson: In A Race With Machines, Can We Keep Up?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:02:54 -0400

MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson sees a bright future where machines serve as powerful tools and partners. But he says we can only shape this future if we keep up with the pace of innovation.



Jeremy Howard: Will Artificial Intelligence Be The Last Human Invention?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:02:00 -0400

Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says artificial intelligence can help achieve amazing things. But he warns the impact on jobs may cause a great deal of social instability.



Immigrants Make This Farm Town Work. Now They're Applying For Citizenship

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:43:00 -0400

Many immigrants come to Morgan County, Colo., for its plentiful, if grueling, jobs in agriculture. Now, fears about changes to immigration policy under Trump are prompting many to act.



Maine's Immigrants Boost Workforce Of Whitest, Oldest State In U.S.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:16:00 -0400

New immigrants are projected to be the main driver of the U.S. workforce over the next 20 years. That trend is already playing out in Maine, which has an aging white population with a low birth rate.



The Power Of Television Advertising Walkouts

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jeanine Poggi, a reporter for Advertising Age, about the power of advertising in television and the role ad withdrawals played in Bill O'Reilly's exit from Fox News.



The Truth About Ugly Foods: They're Delicious, Abundant And Good For The Planet

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:25:00 -0400

From ugly fish like sea robin to the discarded parts of livestock, like ox cheeks and chicken feet, a new book celebrates repugnant-looking but flavorful foods, and urges us to eat more of them.



Some Tax-Cut Backers Urge Trump To Drop Full Overhaul, Go For Quick Win

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:59:00 -0400

Nearly 100 days into Trump's presidency, there are still big questions about what his proposed tax overhaul will include — and whether the large changes he had envisioned are even possible.



Young Women Make Economic Strides As Young Men Fall Behind In U.S.

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:25:00 -0400

More young men are "falling to the bottom of the income ladder," while young women drive growth in the number of young people working full time in the U.S., according to a new Census Bureau report.



Not Just For Foreign Foods: Fair-Trade Label Comes To U.S. Farms

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:32:00 -0400

Since 1998, Fair Trade USA has been certifying farms overseas that met its standards for workers and the environment. Now, the group is looking closer to home, starting with an Arizona organic farm.



A Theory To Better Understand Diversity, And Who Really Benefits

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:49:00 -0400

The business model for diversity teaches students about cultural preferences and how to avoid offense, but it is ill-equipped to unpack social group power dynamics.