The New American Economy: Public Banking Is Better For Local Communities

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This week on The New American Economy with Dr Patty Demarco we have Mike Krauss, a chair of the PA Public Banking Project, on the program to go over why public banks are much better banks than the banks that we are familiar with. Not only are costs lower in public banks, but they also contribute to the local economy because the only shareholders are the people in the community.

The New American Economy: Glasgow, Scotland and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sister Cities Becoming Post-Industrial

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This week on The New American Economy, Dr. Patty DeMarco has Grant Ervin from Pittsburgh and Jamie Cooke from Glasgow, Scotland on the program to talk about how the two cities are sister cities working to revitalize themselves after being industrial cities for many year and now having to transition to a post-industrial society. A big idea covered in this episode is the transition to a different try of workforce that was previously known in these cities. In Pittsburgh this manifests and investment in the energy industry, and in Glasgow this is seen though the creation of a union for the self-employed and investments in some manufacturing industries.

The New American Economy: If we learn to control the weather, can we stop climate change?

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Geo engineering is the deliberate large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that affects the earth’s climate, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming. Is this a good idea? Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Wil Burns to discuss the potential benefits and risks, as well as the moral, ethical and political considerations of this budding technology.

Wil Burns is Co-Executive Director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment at the School of International Service, American University. He formerly served as the Director of the Energy Policy and Climate program at Johns Hopkins University, and was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs for the State of Wisconsin in the 1990s.

The New American Economy: What Do We Do With Old Tech?

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This week on The New American Economy with Dr Patty DeMarco we have Ned Eldridge of eLooo LLC on the program to tell us about the complications with recycling technology and how their company deals with them. Some of the most complicated parts of recycling is that there is not always funding to make it easy. There are also many complications with data security and making sure that when things like computers and hard drives get recycled.

The New American Economy: The ingredients in your office building

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When you buy food, you check the ingredients list to make sure everything inside is up to your standards. What if we could do the same with construction materials? We could dramatically decrease people’s exposure to dangerous chemicals just by knowing what’s in the products around us. Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites James Connelly to discuss his work with the International Living Future Institute. He asserts that environmentalists should work with business leaders to come up with business-minded, environmentally sustainable solutions to the challenges we face.

The New American Economy: How do we get chemical pollution out of our drinking water?

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Even micro-doses of hormones can have a drastic impact on the human body. How are hydrocarbons and endocrine disruptors ending up in our water supply, and what can we do about it?

This week, Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Terry Collins, Theresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.

New American Economy: Public Transit Edition

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Laura Wiens, the executive director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, talks about what’s going wrong, what’s going right, and why public transit is a key component in our modern society. We discuss how gentrification affects (and is affected by) public transit, the Uber effect, self driving cars, and where we should go from here. Laura was formerly a member of The Union Edge team, and we’re exited to have her back for this interview.

The New American Economy: Soil, Struggle and Justice

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The New American Economy: Soil, Struggle and Justice
(subtitle: Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement and Lessons for the US)

Andreas Hernandes, Ph.D. from Marymount Manhattan College in New York joins us by skype from Porto Alegre, Brazil to discuss an innovative, natural approach to farming known as agroecology. He explains how this practice differs from traditional farming, how it improves the lives of workers and the food they grow, and why Brazilian farmers are pairing agroeclolgy with their Landless Movement. Can the US learn from this practice? Is it possible for us to move from a chemically dependent system to naturally controlled farming? How long would this take? Join us for a fascinating discussion with Dr. Patricia DeMarco.

The New American Economy: Talking Trash

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Humans are currently dumping one garbage truck per minute into the oceans, and by 2020 there will be more plastic in the water than fish. But all is not lost! Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Mark Dixon, a journalist and documentary filmmaker who embarked on a road trip experiment with the goal of creating only a shoebox of trash in a whole year.