FROM John Hofmeister
Wild Swings in Global Markets Have Led to Fears of a Worldwide Slowdown “It wasn’t very long ago that the dread hovering over global financial markets was that things were getting too calm.” This summer, Federal Reserve officials were worried about complacency. Those days are very definitely over. America’s economy is finally looking good, but Wall Street’s sudden volatility is a signal that all is not well. We’ll hear how slow growth in Europe, Asia and South America has led to warnings about the continued impact of the worldwide recession.
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.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.