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America's charitable giving has reached only 2% of the GDP for many years now. Do Social Media and mobile devices offer new ways to raise it? How important is it for donors to know that the money they give is being used effectively?

Also, the luxury cachet of Detroit, and cracks are beginning to appear between Red and Blue when it comes to America's secular religion: football.

Photo: Green Bay local radio and TV personality John Maino performs the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (ChrisBond)

Producers:
Claire Martin

The Luxury Cachet of… Detroit? 6 MIN, 30 SEC

“Made in the USA” sells these days, but “Made in Detroit” may sell even better.  That’s the lesson of Shinola — based in a city famous for decay and depopulation — but selling luxury products to upscale consumers in places like Palm Beach and Beverly Hills. Late last month we spoke with  Karen Heller, who covers business and style for the Washington Post. She updated us on the 'luxury cachet' of Detroit.

Guests:
Karen Heller, Washington Post (@kheller)

The Changing Face of Charity 35 MIN, 59 SEC

In the aftermath of last summer's sudden fad for the victims of Lou Gehrig's Disease, American charities were struck with “Ice Bucket Fever.” People raised $115 million for the ALS Foundation — a charity that took in less than $3 million in August of last year — by dumping ice on their heads. But the exercise in viral giving was not sustainable for humanitarian fundraising.  Charities that go viral are not always cost effective. Why do people donate to one thing and not another?  Can Social Media help lift the level of giving above the tiny percentage of GDP, where it's languished for years?

Guests:
Dan Pallotta, Charity Defense Council (@danpallotta)
Stacy Palmer, Chronicle of Philanthropy (@stacypalmer)
Henry Timms, Giving Tuesday (@htimms)
Niel Bowerman, Centre for Effective Altruism (@NielBowerman)

More:
Give Well
Charity Navigator
Giving What We Can
Charity Defense Council
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Giving Tuesday
Centre for Effective Altruism

Football, the Newest Partisan Divide 7 MIN, 27 SEC

Football is still a secular religion in much of the country, but skeptics and dissenters are beginning to appear — with the dividing line parallel to what separates political partisans.  That’s what David Leonhardt told us early last month. He's the former Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Times, now Editor of the paper's news and data project, The Upshot.

Guests:
David Leonhardt, New York Times (@DLeonhardt)

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