Week of March 1, 2015
Segment 1: Restoring Fiscal Responsibility in America
As comptroller general of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), David Walker, Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility warns of the structural problems in the American economy and offers practical, non-partisan solutions to turn it around.
"So how did we get from the world’s largest creditor nation to the world’s largest debtor nation? Well, we lost our way. We strayed from a number of the principles and values that made us great."
Segment 2: A Forecast for the Next 100 Years
George Friedman, The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century is the Chief Intelligence Officer and founder of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), a private intelligence agency whose clients include foreign government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. He offers an unexpected view of the geopolitics of the next hundred years.
Week of February 22, 2015
Segment 1: The Mystery of Sleeping Sickness
It's believed that Sleeping Sickness or Encephalitis Lethargica was the inspiration for stories like Sleeping Beauty and Rip Van Winkle. When it appeared in epidemic form around the time of WWI, 5 million people were afflicted. A third of them died, and a third became permanently disabled. There is no cure or treatment. Molly Caldwell Crosby, Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries tells the stories of the victims and the doctors that tried to defeat the disease.
"If there is a real connection to flu; if we see another avian flu, or another extremely virulent flu strain, then we might see this come back as well."
Segment 2: Water - Our Most Precious Natural Resource
Unlike other precious resources, fresh water cannot be replaced. Without it, we die. Author and journalist Steven Solomon, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization describes the challenges some parts of the world face as fresh water becomes scarce.
MG Show commentator Victoria Zackheim reviews Jane Gardam's novel, "The Man in the Wooden Hat."