FROM Kevin Baker
Why Don't the National Candidates Campaign in the Cities? Tonight's vice presidential debate will dramatize a political pattern that doesn't get much attention: the parties have not contested the cities for years. Paul Ryan epitomizes the ideal of “small-town conservatism,” while Joe Biden comes from hard-scrabble, blue-collar Scranton, Pennsylvania. Has the national GOP given up on the cities? Is there good reason, since the suburbs are where populations are growing? What about those few big-city Republican Mayors? Does their success indicate that their party is missing what could be a decisive contingent of voters? Are you watching tonight's debate? Join To the Point's live chat on our election page. Read along as TtP and special guests Rachel Hastings, W. Kamau Bell, Ted Johnson, Joshua Trevino and others weigh in with their opinions Follow along at KCRW.com/election/2012 . Have something to add? Tweet your own thoughts with the #KCRW hashtag.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.