FROM James Allworth
Will Patent Reform Invigorate Innovation? The idea of the patent is to protect inventors from copycats who steal their ideas. Patents are crucial to US dominance of the world economy. But the US Patent Office is 700,000 applications behind. It takes so long to get one that, before it's issued, an invention often becomes obsolete. Facing competition with China, the US has revised the patent process with that rarest of legislative enactments, a bipartisan bill, signed into law today by President Obama. But with the America Invents Act , why will patents now go to the "first to file" instead of the "first to invent?" Will the big corporation have an advantage over the backyard genius?
Why Does Steve Jobs Matter? Hurricane Irene killed some Americans and changed the lives of many more. In days to come, we'll hear about the lasting impact of the disaster. Today, we look at the resignation of Steve Jobs from Apple , now one of the two richest corporations in the world. Jobs has the right name for what's missing in America's economy. Does he also represent the way back to prosperity? We look at his record at Apple and its influence in the US and around the world.
Why Does Steve Jobs Matter? We'll be talking about Irene and its aftermath for a long time to come. Today, we look at a long-term phenomenon of a different kind: Steve Jobs and his influence not just on technology, but culture and lifestyle worldwide. At a time when America's economy is faltering, Jobs is being called the embodiment of enlightened capitalism. Is that real or hyperbolic? Can Apple , now one of the two richest corporations in the world, survive his resignation ? Will other entrepreneurs be able match his record? We talk with people who've studied and known Steve Jobs.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the 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. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.