By Catie Talarski
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Here’s the week, November 29 to December 3:
MONDAY: Micro Loans
The micro-lending movement has won a Nobel Prize as a leading antipoverty strategy. Now, in some places, it’s facing imminent collapse. The idea is simple. Lenders make small loans to some of the poorest people in developing countries, with no collateral. It’s been shown to spark innovation and lift people out of desperate circumstances. But in parts of India, the promise of micro finance has taken an ugly turn – that looks an awful lot like the burst bubble of the US housing market. Predatory lending, multiple borrowing, financial institutions looking out for shareholders first. Today, where we live, a look at what’s gone wrong with micro-finance globally, and what’s still going right.
TUESDAY: Continuing the Education Conversation
As we heard recently on the show, the movie “Waiting For Superman” has prompted national discussion about how to fix a broken education system. Now, Where We Live is taking part in a local discussion about this important topic. In collaboration with The New Haven Independent and WTNH, We’re taking part in a discussion with civic leaders and citizens of New Haven about School Reform. Join the conversation about education.
WEDNESDAY: Our Oceans
We’re taking a look at the significance of a few of the world’s influential oceans today on the program. Robert Kaplan joins us to discuss the Indian Ocean’s growing strategic importance and his book Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power. We’ll also hear the long and complicated story of a body of water that has been at the center of western civilization – the Atlantic Ocean.
THURSDAY: Ben Barnes
Governor-elect Dan Malloy named one of the top aides from his mayoral administration for the crucial role of overseeing the budget. Ben Barnes held three top jobs in Stamford, and as the new secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, will now be saddled with a 3.8 million dollar deficit. Coming up, we begin a series of conversations with newly appointed top state officials. Barnes joins us in studio.
FRIDAY: The Post Road
During its evolution from Indian trails to modern interstates, the Boston Post Road, a system of overland routes between New York City and Boston, has carried not just travelers and mail but the march of American history itself. Coming up, we’re joined by Eric Jaffe, author of The King’s Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route that Made America. He explores the progress of people and culture along the road through four centuries, from its earliest days as the King of England’s “best highway” to today. We’ll visit New Haven where a man is walking the length of the post road, take a drive up in Stonington to uncover the old Post Road mile markers, and get an arborist’s tour of some of the trees planted by a group in Milford aiming to green some of the most commercially developed parts of the road.