Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s what we have on the show next week:
MONDAY: After Sandy, Beach Erosion
The Connecticut shoreline was heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy. We’ll talk with environmental experts about how beach erosion may impact the future of the coastline, including wildlife habitats and efforts to protect infrastructure.
Despite about $1.5 billion in federal grants and loans distributed by the Environmental Protection Agency to communities nationwide since 1994, there remain hundreds of thousands of abandoned and polluted brownfield properties whose clean-up would likely improve the environmental and economic conditions in the communities in which they are located. While environmental clean-up and economic development need not be mutually exclusive goals, many potential clean-ups suffer from an inability to balance both goals against an already difficult process slowed by limited funds, lack of a coordinated federal effort and oversight, and often confusing state-run bureaucracies. While the EPA has given Connecticut close to $60 million to clean-up our brownfield sites since 1994, only 19 in an inventory of thousands have bee completely cleaned. What’s he problem and where do we go from here? Join the conversation.
WEDNESDAY: The Cost of Higher Education (rebroadcast)
President Obama has made it part of his regular education speech that the best path to the middle-class is through a college education. And the numbers bear it out. Getting a college degree brings higher earnings over a lifetime. Today, those with a bachelor’s degree earned 84% more money over a lifetime than those with a high school diploma. And it doesn’t take a bachelor’s degree to obtain greater earnings. Even 1 year of college gives you a bigger payoff. The more schooling you have, the bigger the gain. So, what’s the problem? Seems like long-term, college is a great investment. But, there’s a growing feeling that college is too expensive and brings enormous debt that stays with you, sometimes for decades. Then, there’s the fact that even with the advantage of a college degree, a lousy job market means there’s no work out there once you leave school. It all has some economists worried that a new bubble is about to burst, the education bubble.
THURSDAY: Happy Thanksgiving!
Thirdcoast Audio Festival: The Best of the Best! (Part 1)
The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist, Gwen Macsai.
The featured documentaries, all winners of the 12th annual TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, demonstrate just how powerful radio can be. Innovative and insightful, the stories will engage, provoke, entertain, and transport listeners. In addition to these memorable stories, Best of the Best includes clips from our 2012 awards ceremony and interviews with winning producers Joe Richman, Sue Jaye Johnson, Habiba Nosheen, Brian Reed and Laurence Grissell who give us a glimpse into the art of audio storytelling. You’ll also hear from Olympic gold medal winner Claressa Sheilds, subject of the Third Coast gold award-winning story, Teen Contender. (Part 2 will be airing at 1PM!)
FRIDAY: Post-Thanksgiving Black Friday Turkey Regrets
It’s a show about things related to Thanksgiving and the surrounding hubbub.