My favorite stories from VPR and NPR over the past few years have been about the economy. I've learned quite a bit, including how the mortgage market works, what derivatives are, and how it's possible to be "underwater" in your house without an actual flood. Very enlightening!
That's why I'm a big fan of the next two episodes of The VPR Saturday Special. Hosted by Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace, "The Next Economy" and "Living Digitally" feature some of the brightest ideas from the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival.
"The Next Economy" (Saturday, August 21st at 4 o'clock) features an examination of what the economy needs to look like if we're interested in a sustainable recovery. You'll hear a lecture by Richard Florida, who wrote The Rise of the Creative Class, and a discussion of where our national debt might take us (hint: nowhere good).
"Living Digitally" (Saturday, August 28th at 4 o'clock) will look into how technology is reshaping our lives and interactions. What's the future of our digital world?
Listen Saturdays at 4 to find out!