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Tuesday, September 2

Pessimism and worry over the U.S. economy

Hour 1

Guests: Neil Irwin, Carl Van Horn, Stephanie Coontz

Although the economy has been expanding and unemployed has been declining over the last five years, Americans are pessimistic about their prospects and the country’s future.  A new survey from Rutgers University shows that the majority of Americans are more worried about the economy now than they were immediately following the recession.  Today we’ll talk about what’s behind this worry and malaise with CARL VAN HORN, Founding Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University and co-director of the Work Trends project which conducted the survey, and STEPHANIE COONTZ, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College and Co-Chair and Director of Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families.  But first we’ll get a little good economic news from New York Times economic reporter NEIL IRWIN.

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Michael Pitre:

Hour 2

Guest: Michael Pitre

Iraq War veteran MICHAEL PITRE has written a new novel about a road repair and bomb disposal team working on the highways in Anbar Province during the war.  To tell the story, Pitre uses the experiences of three very different men — a Marine, a medic and an Iraqi interpreter. The title of the book, Fives and Twenty-Fives, is a reference to the procedure the road crews used to check for bombs hiding in the potholes they were assigned to fill.  Marty talks to Pitre about his novel, the war and returning home.

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