1:06 – 1:39 - OPEN
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
Teens are looking for summer jobs that just aren’t there
“Where are you working this summer?” is a traditional question asked of American teenagers on the last days of high school before summer break. But in the aftermath of the economic downturn of 2008 that crippled the national economy the answer may now as often as not be “nowhere.” With unemployment rates holding at 8.2 percent nationally for people over 16 years of age, many jobs traditionally held by younger workers are now performed by older, more experienced people who are struggling to stay afloat. This means that many young workers looking for their first job may not be able to join the workforce at all. As spring of 2012 arrived, roughly 25 percent of Americans aged 16 to 19 couldn’t find a job. Technological advances have also left teens out in the cold; it is now possible to pump gas or check out at the grocery store without ever interacting with a human worker. Where can teenagers turn to put some money in their pockets in these tough economic times? Why is the job market for younger workers lagging behind the rest of the economy?
2:06 – 2:19
Does money make people less compassionate?
Does having large amounts of money make us less humane? In this month’s issue of New York Magazine, author Lisa Miller dives into several studies that finds that money essentially makes people more unsympathetic and selfish. A new field of study has emerged to investigate the current era of income inequality, using experiments at traffic stops and board games to see the effects of increased wealth on human psychology. And the verdict isn’t so kind to the wealthy. They’re more likely to be not stop at stop signs, be mean during games of Monopoly and steal candy from a bowl designated for children. As Paul Kiff, researcher of the effects of money at UC Berkeley wrote, “The Rich are way more likely to prioritize their own self-interests above the interests of other people. It makes them more likely to exhibit characteristics that we would stereotypically associate with, say, ---holes.”
Lisa Miller, writer and senior editor at Newsweek
2:21:30 – 2:30
Verizon: gatekeeper of the internet?
Should Verizon have the ability to decide which websites you can and cannot access on your phone? It thinks so. The Telecom giant filed in federal court last week against the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, which put net neutrality regulations in place for Internet service providers. The Open Internet Order says that, as a provider of broadband Internet, Verizon can't block or slow access to legal online content, regardless of whether they disagree with its message or are being paid by an outside party to do so. Verizon argues that, similar to a newspaper editor, it has the constitutionally protected right to decide which content you, as a Verizon customer, access, from its court documents: “In performing these functions, broadband providers possess "editorial discretion." Just as a newspaper is entitled to decide which content to publish and where, broadband providers may feature some content over others.” Patt checks in on the case and what its implications could be.
Rob Frieden, chair and professor of Telecommunications and Law, Penn State University
2:30 – 2:39 – OPEN
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
MOCA art – what’s it for?
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