You know that feeling when you read the news and have so many more questions? We know people like you. We are people like you. RadioEd taps into the University of Denver’s deep pool of bright brains to explore new takes on today’s top stories.
Minimum Wage: Time for a raise?
Some things change. Some stay the same. Since 2009, the cost of living has risen 20%. But the federal minimum wage hasn't budged — it has sat at $7.25 an hour. After taking control of the White House and Congress, President Joe Biden and Democrats are pushing to more than double the rate to $15. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports it will lift nearly 1 million people out of poverty and give another 26 million a raise. However, it could cause businesses to lay off about 1.4 million workers. University of Denver economist Jack Strauss explains the potential impact of an increase, explores alternatives and assesses the future of the U.S. workforce.
Violent Extremism: Who Joins and Why
The U.S. faces a growing threat of domestic extremism, embodied by the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. We wanted to know what it actually means to be an extremist. Is a certain type of person drawn to extremism? What convinces someone to join an extremist group? And how might our own friends or neighbors go down that path? Rachel Nielsen is the director of the Colorado Resilience Collaborative, which focuses on combating violent extremism. She sheds some light on these questions and more.
Inauguration Day: Looking Back to Look Ahead
President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20, will mark the last stop on the transition of power, which has been marked by distrust, misinformation and riots. As he becomes the nation's 46th president, Biden not only faces a deeply divided country but one facing an economic crisis, as well as the deadly coronavirus pandemic. But he’s not the first president to walk such a treacherous path. Noted University of Denver historian Susan Schulten shares some tales from inaugurations past that help us frame and add context to the first days of a new presidency.
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Paid Family Leave: Life Happens
On election night, as voters watching the presidential race tensed up, Jennifer Greenfield breathed a sigh of relief. Colorado voters resoundingly passed Proposition 118, which provides at least 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to most employees in the state. Though a federal leave law has been on the books since 1993, Colorado joined a list of states pushing the envelope to expand the scope of benefits. An expert in social policy, DU's Jennifer Greenfield, explains how the system works, how it compares to systems in other states and why the United States lags behind the rest of the world in family leave policy.
Election 2020: The Final Week and Beyond
In just seven days, voters will cast their final ballots in the 2020 presidential election, and we’ll finally — fingers crossed — learn whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump will be the country's next president. Seth Masket, political science professor and director of DU's Center on American Politics, joins RadioEd to chart all the twists and turns, and explore what post-2020 politics might look like.
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