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How Do We Fix It?

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New York City, NY

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How Do We Fix It? is a podcast for people who are interested in solutions.

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@fixitshow

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English


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#116 The Case for Passion in Our Lives

8/17/2017
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Neil deGrasse Tyson became passionate about astrophysics when he was a teenager. Best-selling science journalist Mary Roach is well-known for her humor and curiosity as she explores the science of keeping human beings intact, sane and awake during the extreme circumstances of war. This "Fix It" episode is about passion and is inspired by our many guests. They bring their wisdom, emotion and enthusiasm with them as they describe what turns them on about their work and...

Duration: 00:24:03


#115 Refugees Are Just Like You: Ahmed Badr

8/10/2017
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Far too often refugees are thought of as "the other"-- a mass of people who are victims of war, persecution or natural disasters. President Trump has added to the problem, making negative, harsh comments about immigrants. This episode with 19 year-old Iraqi-American refugee Ahmed Badr, looks at how to fix the way we view refugees and migrants. We look at their personal stories and what they bring to enrich the lives of the communities where they now live. Through writing about his own...

Duration: 00:29:37


#114 Grunt: The Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach

8/3/2017
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When do fashion designers make the difference between comfort and misery for active soldiers? Why does the military need a radically different kind of crash test dummy? What role could maggots play in healing open wounds? These questions and more are answered by best-selling science journalist, Mary Roach, author of "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War." In this audio tour of duty we go beyond war's battlefields, bombs and bands of brothers to hear why scientists, doctors,...

Duration: 00:30:41


#113 America's Male Unemployment Crisis: Ed Glaeser

7/27/2017
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Here's a paradox. While the U.S. unemployment rate is near a 16-year low, the percentage of all American adults in the workforce remains stuck at well below pre-recession levels. Men are much more likely than women to drop out of work. In the 1960's 95% of adult men between 25 and 54 were employed. Today, after 7 years of an improving job market, only 80% are in the workforce. People who don't look for a job are not counted in the official unemployment statistics compiled by the Labor...

Duration: 00:28:54


#13 Fix It Shorts: Why Fixing Health Care Is So Hard

7/20/2017
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"It's back to square one" says the Wall Street Journal after the collapse of Republican proposals to repeal and replace The Affordable Care Act. President Trump says his plan is to "let Obamacare fail." This episode looks at how any reform of America's healthcare system - whether by Republicans or Democrats - is so difficult. Whether it's controlling costs, rationing care or extending coverage to all, there are no easy answers. Today, the future of healthcare is uncertain and coverage for...

Duration: 00:14:38


#12 Fix It Shorts: The Case for Going Outdoors

7/12/2017
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Going outdoors and taking on new challenges makes you healthier, happier and smarter. Spending time in nature away from cities and suburbs can also bring spiritual and emotional benefits. Co-host Jim Meigs tells us why he's a big outdoor guy, who loves to hike, bike and head for the hills. In this episode we look at ways to add adventure to your life and embrace the excitement of leaving your comfort zone. Kio Stark, author of "When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform...

Duration: 00:11:58


#11 Fix It Shorts: Is Summer Fun Under Assault? Lenore Skenazy

7/6/2017
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Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids makes the case for carefree summer activities and unstructured play time-- arguing against those who put safety fears ahead of a child's need to explore, be curious and grow. "If You're a Kid, the Experts Want You to Have a Fun-Free Summer" is the title of a recent article by Lenore. Summer is a time to "dig in the sand, gulp from the hose, play at the park, and leap with joy," writes Lenore. "Unless you're a kid-- in which case, find yourself a comfy sofa...

Duration: 00:12:37


#109 Secrets of Your Stuff: Mover, Finn Murphy

6/29/2017
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Are you too attached to your stuff? Do you have a big move coming up? Long-haul trucker, Finn Murphy has covered more than a million miles of packing, loading and hauling people's material possessions all across the country. In this episode he shares his insights into the moving business, truckers, his many customers and how American households have changed in recent years. Finn is the author of "The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road," a wise, vivid and charming account of...

Duration: 00:23:12


#108 Big Data & STEM, Overrated? Scott Hartley

6/22/2017
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In our age of big data Liberal Arts smarts are undervalued. Our guest, Scott Hartley, argues that the most valuable jobs skills in the future will belong to people who can think creatively, using emotional intelligence and adaptability. Scott is a venture capitalist and author of "The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World." At Stanford University, where he studied political science, fuzzies majored in the humanities or social sciences. Techies took computer...

Duration: 00:30:19


#107 How Trust Can Save Journalism: Aron Pilhofer

6/15/2017
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Journalism is in crisis. Our trust in the news media has fallen to an all-time low. One recent poll found that two thirds of Americans believe mainstream news organizations often publish fake news. The business model at many newspapers, magazines, radio stations and websites is failing. Declining revenues have forced layoffs and other cutbacks at news organizations across the country. Professor Aron Pilhofer of Temple University, one of the world's most respected experts in digital...

Duration: 00:27:40


#106 Defusing The Prison Population Bomb: John Pfaff

6/8/2017
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Today, about 2.2 million Americans are behind bars. "The incarceration rate is about five times the rate of 1970 and our crime rate is the same as in 1970,"John Pfaff, our guest, tells us. Our guest, John Pfaff of Fordham University is both a law professor and an economist. Author of "Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration—and How to Achieve Real Reform," he says state and local policies matter far more than changes in the federal system. Do you want to know more? Check out our...

Duration: 00:28:02


#105 Road To Disaster: VW Emissions Scandal Jack Ewing

6/1/2017
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It isn't just the crime. It's also the cover-up. Volkswagen's multi-year conspiracy to evade pollution rules may be the biggest scandal in auto industry history. The world's second largest car manufacturer misled regulators, consumers, and motorists. Our guest is New York Times Germany correspondent, Jack Ewing, author of "Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal." The book tells the remarkable story of a very dysfunctional company and how the scandal unfolded. Do you want to know...

Duration: 00:27:55


#104 Are Credit Cards Evil? Beverly Harzog

5/25/2017
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Are credit cards evil? Do you need to restructure debt or were refused a loan? If so, this episode is for you. If you're a parent looking for smart money advice to pass onto young adults as they enter the workforce, our podcast has a checklist of do's and don'ts. Respected credit card expert and consumer advocate Beverly Harzog is our guest. Beverly hasn't just talked the talk about maxing out on debt, she's walked the walk. In her best-selling book, “Confessions of a Credit Junkie", she...

Duration: 00:21:54


#103 Neil deGrasse Tyson: Science Deniers & Wonders of the Universe Pt. 2

5/18/2017
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Tyson talks about the possibility of intelligent life on other planets, tackles science deniers on the right and left, and explains why we should invest more in pure science. Tyson also discusses his new book, "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.” "What's curious to me is you have the liberal community claiming the (moral) high road ...against the science deniers of the right with regard to global warming and evolution in the classrooms... as though they are somehow untainted by...

Duration: 00:23:22


#102 Neil deGrasse Tyson: Space, The Universe and The Case for Science, Pt.1

5/11/2017
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Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s most prominent spokesman for science and Director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, talks about the benefits of a cosmic perspective, the case for manned space flight and much more in this first part of our wide-ranging conversation. We also discussed Tyson's new book, "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry." Richard and Jim met Tyson at his offices at The American Museum of Natural History. While insisting he is not an advocate for manned space flight,...

Duration: 00:23:10


#10 Fix It Shorts: What We Learned in Our First 100 episodes

5/4/2017
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For Jim and Richard "How Do We Fix It? has been a great big learning experience. From how to switch careers to the search for meaning and the importance of speaking to strangers, our guests have proposed many smart, practical solutions. And they've also challenged conventional wisdom. Our podcast invites listeners to get into their discomfort zone as a way of being more receptive to change. Jim starts this show revealing what he learned from David McRaney, host of "You Are Not So Smart," -...

Duration: 00:14:56


#100 The Myth of Main Street, Louis Hyman

4/27/2017
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Our guest is Louis Hyman, author of the provocative New York Times editorial, "The Myth of Main Street." Louis is a Cornell University History Professor and the Director of the Institute for Workplace Studies. Nostalgia for the economy's "good old days" has great appeal for many Americans. For the right, past decades bring back memories of Ronald Reagan, traditional cultural values and U.S. dominance in global affairs. For the left, post-war America was a time of stronger unions and less...

Duration: 00:27:55


#99 How Our Minds Heal Our Bodies: Jo Marchant

4/20/2017
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Have you ever felt a surge of adrenaline after a bike ride, working in the back yard or going to the gym? Salivated at the sight of a sour lemon? Felt turned on by your partner’s voice? If so, says scientific journalist Jo Marchant, you’ve experienced how the workings of the mind can affect your body. In this episode we look at the mind's potential to ease pain, reduce anxiety and even cut the risk of infection, heart disease and other serious medical ailments. Jo discusses how the latest...

Duration: 00:24:56


#98 You're More Powerful Than You Think: Eric Liu

4/13/2017
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If you're disillusioned, depressed or downright furious at the state of politics today, this episode is for you. Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University, says that you're more powerful than you think. We discuss the stories, strategies and ideas raised in his timely new book. The key to fighting back successfully is to have a strategy and know how to read and write power,” but most people have no understanding of power and how to use it. Political illiteracy is one reason we feel...

Duration: 00:26:39


#9 Fix It Shorts Productivity: Charles Duhigg's Top 4 Tips

4/6/2017
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This episode highlights four key productivity fixes from New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Duhigg. His most recent book is "Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and In Business." Charles is also the author of "The Power of Habit." Using cutting-edge science, reporting and real-life stories, Charles explains why being productive isn't just about daily habits, routines and lists. "Keeping your eye on that thing that matters most to you is the secret to...

Duration: 00:12:50

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