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Business leaders and high-tech scientists are worried that America's losing its edge in technological progress. On this archived edition of To the Point, can the President's Competitiveness Initiative put America back on track, or will China, India and other developing countries dominate the world's economic future? Plus, Spring seems to have arrived early in Europe, and the man who made SuperFoods famous has some ideas that could lead to New Year's resolutions.

  • This edition of To the Point will not be heard on KCRW as it will be pre-empted by special holiday programming.

Producers:
Karen Radziner

Making News Europe's No-Show Winter Snow 6 MIN, 7 SEC

As 2006 came to a close, winter was coming late to the US and to Europe. In Italy, France and Austria, the lack of snow caused a depression at mountain resorts, and it won’t be cured even by heavy storms late in the season.

Guests:
Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor of The Times on Sunday

Main Topic President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative 25 MIN, 41 SEC

After the Soviet Union fired the first satellite into orbit, a crash program led the US to revolutionize science and technology. Now, China, India--even South Korea and Singapore--are putting the US to shame when it comes to high skills and innovation.  They're turning out PhD's in science and engineering, pushing unfettered inquiry where the US once was unrivaled.  On this archived edition of To the Point, President Bush says his Competitiveness Initiative will restore American leadership, but will cuts in basic education still put the country in economic jeopardy?

Guests:
Richard Garnick, President of North American Services for Keane
Rajesh Setty, Chairman of CIGNEX Technologies
Janet Murguia, President and Ceo of National Council of La Raza
Deborah Wince Smith, President of the Council on Competitiveness

Reporter's Notebook SuperFoods, Diet Fad or the New You? 10 MIN, 35 SEC

On New Year's Eve, many people resolve to be better, especially after a week of over-eating.  Steven Pratt, the doctor famous for SuperFoods Rx, the best seller that says certain foods promote good health in very specific ways, has a new book. SuperFoods Health Style, which offers some of those ideas that could lead to New Year's resolutions.  

Guests:
Steven Pratt, Senior Staff Ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital

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