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After generations of world leadership, the US is falling behind in science and engineering. We look at the challenges and opportunities of a changing world. Also, Afghan officials talk peace with the Taliban, and bad management and big bonuses at the Tribune Company, one of America’s media powerhouses.

Banner image: Dr. Cynthia Evans opens a pass-through chamber to demonstrate the 'Geolab' glovebox rock sample testing laboratory inside the Habitat Demonstration Unit Pressurized Excursion Module, a concept off-Earth living and work quarters for astronauts stationed in space, September 15, 2010 at NASA's Black Point Lava Flow in the north Arizona desert, north of Flagstaff, Arizona.  Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The Great Brain Race

Ben Wildavsky

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott
Christian Bordal

Making News Afghan Officials Talking Peace with the Taliban 7 MIN, 33 SEC

Afghanistan's Karzai government is denying reports that it's conducting secret negotiations with the Taliban to end ten years of warfare. But the Washington Post quotes one sources saying the Taliban are "very, very serious about finding a way out."  Craig Whitlock co-wrote the story.

Guests:
Craig Whitlock, Washington Post (@CraigMWhitlock)

Reporter's Notebook New York Times on the Tribune Company's 'Bankrupt Culture' 4 MIN, 30 SEC

Real estate mogul Sam Zell had no media experience when he bought the Tribune Company, which owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, TV and radio stations and other media properties. Less than a year later, the Tribune Company filed for the largest bankruptcy in the history of American media. Some 4200 people have lost their jobs. Others have left not for financial reasons but because of what today's New York Times calls a work culture featuring "sexual innuendo, poisonous workplace banter and profane invective [that have] shocked and offended people throughout the company."  David Carr wrote the story.

Guests:
David Carr, New York Times (@carr2n)

Main Topic Is America Falling Behind in Science, Engineering? 38 MIN, 12 SEC

America once led the world in science and engineering, the keys to creating the jobs that generated record-breaking prosperity. Last year just four of the top 10 companies receiving US patents were located in the US, and China graduated more English-speaking engineers than America did. With dire warnings about falling behind, Congress is being urged to fund education and research so the US can regain its competitive edge. But if other countries are catching up, is that all bad? As education and knowledge are globalized, won’t the US share in the benefits?

 

 

Guests:
Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering
Irving Pressley McPhail, President/CEO, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
Miles O'Brien, Science Journalist, PBS' NewsHour
Ben Wildavsky, Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation

Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited

Members of the 2005 "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" Committee

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