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Eighty million baby boomers are reaching their late 50's. Will an aging population burden the young or use the wisdom that comes from experience to create a better society? On this archived edition of To the Point, originally broadcast in April of this year, we look at the pros and cons of an aging America. Also, an update on healthcare reform. On Reporter's Notebook, for decades, union membership has been declining as a percentage of America's work force. What's the state of the AFL-CIO? We get a progress report.

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Producers:
Karen Radziner
Frances Anderton

Reporter's Notebook The Future of Organized Labor 8 MIN, 14 SEC

The wage gap is increasing in the Unites States and the United States still celebrates Labor Day, but for years there's been less and less to celebrate as union membership has been on the decline. Whatever happened to the AFL-CIO? What's the Employee Free Choice Act? Does it have a chance in Congress? Harold Meyerson is executive editor of the liberal American Prospect magazine and a columnist for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Harold Meyerson, Washington Post (@haroldmeyerson)

The Big Squeeze

Steven Greenhouse

Making News Congress Returns to Work and Healthcare Reform 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Congress will be back in Washington tomorrow after an August recess some members will never forget. What's next for healthcare reform? Ezra Klein reports for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Ezra Klein, Washington Post (@ezraklein)

Main Topic A Medical Miracle with Conflicting Consequences 35 MIN, 43 SEC

Baby boomers will live almost twice as long as previous generations, and older Americans are going to outnumber the young. There's already competition for jobs, and young people who find work will pay for the rising costs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. On the bright side, there's a new force of reliable workers with experience as well as good health, and the wisdom to find fulfillment in social improvement. On this archived segment of To the Point, originally broadcast in April of this year, we look at the pros and cons of an aging America.

Guests:
Stephanie Klein, Founder, The Boomer Group
Robert Samuelson, Newsweek and Washington Post
Marc Freedman, Founder and CEO, Civic Ventures
Steven Greenhouse, New York Times (@greenhousenyt)

Encore

Marc Freedman

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