Secretary of the Future

Basic income, government accountability, and everything else the U.S. should focus on instead of the election

David Brancaccio and Daniel Shin Oct 17, 2016
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Secretary of the Future

Basic income, government accountability, and everything else the U.S. should focus on instead of the election

David Brancaccio and Daniel Shin Oct 17, 2016
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This election season, Marketplace is casting its eyes toward the future, asking how the country can address long-term opportunities and threats — the ones that don’t fit into a single federal budget or election cycle. 

Writer and social critic Kurt Vonnegut once suggested the U.S. should have a cabinet-level position to worry about future generations. Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio recently visited Indianapolis, Vonnegut’s hometown, to ask people what they think a so-called Secretary of the Future should focus on. 

Click on the audio player above to hear their responses, and listen to the audio below to hear about the values they think are important in society. 

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