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On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, more than half of all working adults have been directly affected by the recession, but the impact has not been felt equally across the economic spectrum. Who’s been hit the hardest and why? How are Americans changing their lifestyles in the face of the worst economic downturn since the great depression? What implications do those changes have for the kinds of social relationships and institutions that may emerge in the future? Also, the Owens Lake solar project is mired in caustic mud, and forget about those zippy little speed boats associated with drug running. The feds have actually seized a submarine built specifically to smuggle tons of cocaine.  Guest host Sara Terry sits in for a vacationing Warren Olney.

Banner image: Job seekers pick up informational papers as they arrive for the second annual Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair in Anaheim, California June 2, 2010. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images


Producers:
Gary Scott
Christian Bordal
Darrell Satzman

Making News Owens Lake Solar Project Mired in Caustic Mud 11 MIN

An ambitious plan to bring power from California's Owens Valley to Los Angeles has run into problems. The LA Department of Water and Power had hoped to put solar panel platforms on an 80-acre site in the Owens dry lake bed, but has run into geological, wind, and political problems as Phil Willon reports in today's Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times (@LATimesWillon)

Main Topic The Great Recession: Counting Costs, Contemplating Change 33 MIN, 35 SEC

A new survey by the Pew Research Center says that more than half of the nation's working adults have been directly hit by the recession. While the personal costs are high, the changes in individual lives will undoubtedly affect the broader social landscape. Will this kind of economic and institutional upheaval lead to the kind of shared sacrifice Americans experienced during World War II? How will young people, the so-called Millennial Generation, plan for a future that seems less secure?

Guests:
Ron Brownstein, National Journal (@RonBrownstein)
Peter Goodman, Huffington Post (@petersgoodman)
Katherine Newman, Director, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Dan Ariely, Professor of Behavioral Economics, Duke University

Who Cares?

Katherine S. Newman

Reporter's Notebook Hundred-Foot Drug Smuggling Sub Found in Ecuador 8 MIN, 34 SEC

In Ecuador, drug enforcement officials have seized the latest drug-smuggling vessel. The 100-foot-long diesel-electric powered submarine was caught in an Ecuadorian jungle waterway, bound for the Pacific Ocean. It's the first known, fully operational sub deployed by drug runners looking to smuggle tons of cocaine out of Latin America. We hear more from Dane Schiller, who's written about the seizure for the Houston Chronicle, and from Vanda Felbab-Brown, Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University.

Guests:
Dane Schiller, Reporter, Houston Chronicle
Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings Institution (@VFelbabBrown)

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