Economy

Working Overtime

September 21, 2000

Many American workers in the new economy feel they are working longer and harder, but statistics show that average weekly hours worked by individuals have stayed relatively stable. Total hours worked annually per household, however, has...

On the Job: Union Members

September 1, 2000

On the eve of the Labor Day holiday weekend, we go "on the job" with union members from different fields and backgrounds. We'll get an inside look at today's labor movement, and at how it has changed over the last few decades.

Cynthia Crossen: "The Rich and How They Got That Way" (Crown)

August 22, 2000

Every generation has a different notion of what it means to be wealthy, and what to do to become wealthy. In her new book, the Wall Street Journal's Cynthia Crossen depicts ten of the richest people of the last thousand years, from Genghis...

Tire Recall

August 17, 2000

A panel talks about Ford Motor Company's recent recall of Firestone tires commonly featured on its SUVs. They'll discuss the depth of the problem, the way it's been handled by consumer advocates and the media, and who should and shouldn't...

Social Security Reform

July 13, 2000

Two experts compare and contrast the Social Security reforms proposed by Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush.

Wage Gap

June 13, 2000

Equal pay for equal work was one of the most popular goals of the feminist movement in the 1970s. Today, most would agree that the difference between women's and men's wages has narrowed, but there is stark disagreement over how much...

On The Job: Vocational Education

June 2, 2000

Career and technical training prepares young people and adults for a wide range of careers, from registered nurse to computer technician. For the June installment of On the Job, a panel joins Diane to talk about current trends...

Bankruptcy Reform Act

June 1, 2000

A growing number of Americans are defaulting on their debts, and cultural observers say bankruptcy is losing the stigma it once had. Some members of Congress are pushing for a major reform. A panel debates the pros and cons of the proposed...

Stock Market

April 18, 2000

The Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq both took a dramatic plunge on Friday April 14, capping several weeks of unnerving fluctuations. A panel talks about what happened and why, whether high-tech securities have been overvalued...

Jeremy Rifkin: "The Age of Access" (Tarcher/Putnam)

April 12, 2000

Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, discusses his new book. He envisions a not-too-distant future in which our economy will be based not on buying and selling material goods, but on the availability of intangible...

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