Steven Spierer, 1/14/17

The stock market has set new record highs in the last few years. Unemployment statistics continue to go down. The United States is now at or near “full employment”. But a closer look at economic data explains why those facts are misleading and why the work participation rate, especially the male work rate, continues to […]

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Steven Spierer, 1/7/17

Steve starts out talking about hate speech, how much he hates it, and how important it is to tolerate it. Then, religion gives us a moral grounding and a sense of identity by connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. It also makes us happier, healthier and more giving. But the fast […]

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Steven Spierer, 12/17/16

Big Data knows where you are, where you have been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you will buy, where you will be the victim of crime and when you will have a heart attack. But as well as Big Data knows […]

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Steven Spierer, 12/10/16

Every week, in four counties, across four American states there are over 200 cases of opiate overdose. This is not a sudden outbreak, in fact, this problem has been around since the mid 1990s when the opiate pain medication OxyContin became the catalyst that hooked millions of Americans on heroin, a cheap and powerful form […]

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Steven Spierer/ 12/3/16

Back on July 23, 2011 Steve interviewed noted Economist Gary Shilling, author of the landmark 2010 book The Age of Deleveraging: Investment Strategies for a Decade of Slow Growth and Deflation. Now, Steve talks again with Gary Shilling, whose predictions turned out to be very accurate, about what comes next for investments and the economy […]

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Steven Spierer, 11/12/16

Of course, Steve has some thoughts on the presidential election and shares them during the course of this discussion: The legacy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is still under discussion today. Most people believe that President Roosevelt not only led the United States through World War II but also saved the country from ruin in […]

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Steven Spierer, 11/5/16

Steve starts with a story that begins with firing his secretary but it doesn’t end the way he expected. Then, High density city development is all the rage around the world. Taller buildings, smaller units, more people in less space, all within walking distance of work, play and sleep. But that may not be what’s […]

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Steven Spierer, 10/22/16

Steve thinks the mortgage mess of the Great Recession was just a symptom of a larger and worse problem and so interviews David Smick, author of The World is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy to find out how bad it could get and what we need to do individually to protect ourselves. var […]

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Steven Spierer, 10/15/16

From the domestication of the chicken nearly ten thousand years ago to its current status as our favorite meat, the history of this seemingly commonplace bird is anything but ordinary. Steve interviews Emelyn Rude, author of Tastes Like Chicken: A History of America’s Favorite Bird. Then, from his perspective as a real estate attorney and […]

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Steven Spierer, 10/1/16

Steve, a true believer in Disney Parks worldwide, talks with Kirsten Komoroske of the Walt Disney Company about, well what else, the Disney Theme Parks, their history and how best to enjoy them.

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