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Literary voices: Why 'hope' isn't always a good thing

Jan 22, 2013
Writer Jeffrey Eugenides on the notion of hope, four years after Barack Obama used it in his presidential campaign.
Posted In: hope, writing

CEO Ben Baldanza on how Spirit Airlines does things differently

Jan 22, 2013
One of South Florida's top business leaders runs one of the country's cheapest airlines.
Posted In: Spirit Airlines, Airlines, ceo

Mayor Tomás Regalado, Miami, and the American Dream

Jan 22, 2013
He came here as a boy from Cuba, worked hard, became a local reporter, and, today, he's the mayor of one of the largest cities in the country. Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado talks about his city and his American Dream.
Posted In: Miami, Immigration, diversity, Economy

The New American Dream: An immigrant’s story

Jan 21, 2013
Nathalie Nahas Cortes talks to host Jeremy Hobson about why she came to America from Venezuela and what her version of the American dream looks like.
Posted In: Immigration, Miami

Can you still make it in America?

Jan 18, 2013
Asking Chicagoans what it means to make it in America in today's economy.
Posted In: Chicago, American dream

Building great schools: How to make it in America

Jan 18, 2013
High school principal Elizabeth Dozier discusses the difficulties in providing opportunities for public school students in urban centers, such as Chicago.
Posted In: Education, Chicago

How do you make it as a comedian?

Jan 18, 2013
Chicago is a comedy capital, of sorts. Some of "Saturday Night Live"'s most famous comedians started in Chicago, many at the famed Second City comedy club. Sean Flannery is one comedian 'making it' in America; his show "Never Been To Paris" continues to sell out.
Posted In: comedy, Chicago

An old song still resonates: 'Is it because I'm black?'

Jan 18, 2013
Singer Syl Johnson beat the odds he sang about, but barriers still restrain black economic mobility
Posted In: Chicago, public housing, mobility, African-American

Literary voices: 'Hope' is about second chances

Jan 17, 2013
It's been four years since Barack Obama used 'hope' in his presidential campaign message. Author and journalist Héctor Tobar talks about how he sees hope where he lives.
Posted In: writing, hope, los angeles

Literary voices: What does 'Hope' mean now?

Jan 16, 2013
Poet Tracy K. Smith offers her perspective on Barack Obama's campaign message of hope four years later.
Posted In: writing, Barack Obama, hope

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When you think of coal, what comes to mind? Appalachia? Soot? Climate change? We'll explore the economics of the most unfashionable of fossil fuels.