The Big Fix: Social Issues | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : The Big Fix

The Big Fix: Social Issues

Play associated audio
http://www.flickr.com/photos/charlesfred/27004488

We talk about proposals to improve public programs and to advance social opportunity. Ideas include trading in government checks for more valuable gift cards, placing pension funds in an infrastructure bank and tying student loan repayment to school performance. Also, host Al Lewis presents an idea on gay marriage, and we discuss the tax ramifications of marriage with guest Jason J. Fichtner, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Also, we hear feedback on the ideas from Greg Anrig, vice president of programs at The Century Foundation.

Guests:

Greg Anrig is vice president, programs, at The Century Foundation. Since 1994, he has been responsible for overseeing The Century Foundation's projects on public policy as well as its fellows. Previously, he was a staff writer and Washington correspondent for Money magazine. Mr. Anrig is the author of "The Conservatives Have No Clothes: Why Right-Wing Ideas Keep Failing." He is coeditor of "Immigration's New Frontiers: Experiences from the Emerging Gateway States."

Jason J. Fichtner is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Previously, he served in several positions at the Social Security Administration, including as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security (Acting), Chief Economist, and Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy. Dr. Fichtner has also served as Senior Economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

NPR

Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.
NPR

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.
NPR

Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

"I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said in a statement to supporters, according to multiple news reports.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.