By Catie Talarski
Here is what’s coming up next week. March 14 to 18, 2011.
In America, you can win the peace, win the game, win the lottery, or (if you’re Charlie Sheen) you can just be “A Winner.” The rhetoric of winning pervades our competition-obsessed society, but to what end? Author Francesco Duina’s new book “Winning,” takes a look at the social and psychological effects of success and asks whether winning should really be the ultimate goal. Does our winner mania make us all losers? Mark Fenske, co-author of the new book “The Winner’s Brain,” would argue “no”. He’ll identify eight “win factors” that are proven to pave the road to success.
TUESDAY: What Is A Modern Family?
The recession has caused sweeping changes in the structure of the American family. The disproportionate number of men being laid off is redefining gender roles and relationships at home in ways not seen since the Great Depression. A recent Pew Research Study reveals that Americans are split on their feelings about these changes which have unfolded over the past half century. We’ll talk with the director of the Connecticut Commission on Children which has launched initiatives like “Children and the Recession Task Force” and the 2011 Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative to learn the local affects of the recession. And we’ll hear from parents about how they are coping with these shifting roles and responsibilities. And we’ll hear from you!
WEDNESDAY: Young and Unemployed
Across the country, millions are still unemployed…and they’re not just older workers who’ve been laid off. The most recent government report says 18% of 16-24-year-olds don’t have jobs. Recently on the show we talked about “emerging adulthood” – the phenomenon of young people postponing marriage and parenthood until at least their late twenties, and spending lots of time in self-focused exploration. Today we’ll follow up that conversation talking about recent college grads that may not have the safety net that allows them to explore during those “emerging years”. If you’re fresh out of college and have to get a job – what’s the outlook? We’ll find out.
THURSDAY: Dan Esty
Dan Esty is the new head of the Department of Environmental Protection – and if Governor Dannel Malloy gets his way, that job will grow to include “Energy” in the title. Esty’s a Yale professor who’s advised President Obama on energy policy, and several corporations on how to “go green.” So how is he going to protect the environment while making life easier for business? We’ll find out as Esty joins us to take listener calls on Where We Live.
Today we’ll look at Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami through a local lens. We’ll hear from the Japanese community in Connecticut, and explore how local businesses are affected.