Aired: May 23, 2015

How to Save a City

Abandoned Packard Automobile Factory, via Wikipedia

  • How to Save a City (13 min.)

    With: Frank Shafroth, George Mason University

    The first 24 hours after a city declares bankruptcy, there’s a reckoning: what gets to stay and what has to go. Shafroth walks us through what it’s like when a major city goes bankrupt and gives insight into the future of Detroit and Puerto Rico.

  • Social Media and Terrorism (14 min.)

    With: Lori Underwood, Christopher Newport University

    While some people see social media as a waste of time, one philosopher believes that it could be our best bet to end the war on terror.

  • The Growing Chinese Economy (12 min.)

    With: Deborah Hewitt, College of William and Mary

    Everyone in America—from consumers to businesspeople—should understand what’s happening in China. That’s the message from economist and former Reagan advisor Deborah Hewitt. She says the changes taking place in China will affect the choices Americans make in managing their businesses and households.

  • Tomorrow City (11 min.)

    With: Kirk Kjeldsen, Virginia Commonwealth University

    In his novel Tomorrow City, Kjeldsen tells the story of an ex-con who is trying to reinvent himself in a new place. The backdrop for the story is Shanghai, a city that has perhaps reinvented itself more than any other city in history. Kjeldsen recently moved to Shanghai, a city he describes as “more American than America.”

  • Veterans Benefits

    In recent years, news stories have mounted over the delays U.S. military veterans face when making benefits claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kelley Libby reports on an organization that’s helping veterans and their families navigate the system and get their benefits faster.


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