Jacksonville, Florida is a lot of things: a military town. A church town. A beach town. And it can be all those things because Jacksonville is the largest city in the whole country: 841 square miles of sprawl, highways and strip malls dotted with tiny, unique neighborhoods. How does a place this huge and diverse lurch forward to keep pace with the rest of the country? The quick answer: often, it doesn’t. But once in a while, in small surprising ways, this place can be an incubator for innovation. In host Al Letson’s hometown episode, State of the Re:Union asks: is Jacksonville is moving backward, stuck in neutral, or shifting towards progress?
Medical marijuana is available in 18 states, and the vote on November 6 legalized the possession of pot in Colorado and Washington. With the highest incarceration rate in the world, and more than $2 trillion dedicated to fighting the "war on drugs," we continue to fill our prisons with drug offenders. Is it worth it? From the series Intelligence Squared U.S., the motion is Legalize Drugs.
Paul Butler, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Tucson sits in the borderlands, the desert landscape where America and Mexico meet. This place is crisscrossed by boundaries, visible and invisible — from the US border wall that cuts the Sonoran desert in half, to live-wire political divides in Tucson itself. In this episode, we tell stories about what happens when people cross borders, risking their lives and their reputations to take a chance on the other side.
There is bipartisan consensus that unleashing America's entrepreneurial potential is vital to reviving the economy. Yet, there are many challenges facing today’s entrepreneur, from local regulatory and tax burdens to federal visa restrictions. Explore the topic in depth in the first part of a new America Abroad series: American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy.
Chuey Cazares has lived all of his 21 years in Alviso, a tiny hamlet jutting into the salt ponds at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay. Chuey works as a deck hand on a shrimp boat off Alviso's shores.
Just in time for Halloween and this year's election, The Truth offers a special hour of horror stories that take place within the world of electoral politics. The Truth is a podcast that makes movies for your ears. The stories are entirely fictional, created with rich sound and professional-level acting, from Peabody-award winning producers Jonathan Michell and Kerrie Hillman.
President Barack Obama and his opponent, Mitt Romney, share one broad policy goal: greater energy independence for the United States. They differ on how to achieve it.
In this hour of BURN, host Alex Chadwick goes to the sometime swing state of Pennsylvania to examine fracking, the politically volatile exploration technology that has made natural gas the single most important element remaking our energy economy.
TED Radio Hour asks if technology-enabled collaboration draws us closer, makes us smarter and allows us to innovate through the wisdom of a crowd. A new wave of collaborative consumption is transforming consumerism and the rules of engagement. What is the true potential of 21st century collaboration? Is this a new phenomenon--or have we seen this movie before?