Corporate Whining

August 9, 2014

1% whining about the other 99% - is this the latest trend in corporate America? In this episode of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" the topic is "moaning moguls" or "corporate kvetching." Tune in as former Westchester County NY Executive Andy Spano and his co-hosts Norm Jacknis and Tom Creel discuss yet another result of income inequality - the wealthiest people complaining about the poor and working class. Some say our poor would be considered lucky in other countries so should stop complaining about income inequality in the U.S. while others feel with the influx of corporate wealth into the political system via unlimited corporate contributions and the lobbying industry, as well as the decline of the organized labor movement, the general population no longer has a "warrior" on their behalf. Didn't the wealthiest one percent get there on the backs of the middle class and as a result of a fair and stable governmental system? If so shouldn't they protect the middle class if for no other reason than their own self-interest? Find out the answers to these questions by tuning in.

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North American Union - U.S., Canada, Mexico

August 1, 2014

Merger between U.S., Canada, Mexico - is a North American Union in the future? Would it make sense for the three countries to become one? Tune into this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" and hear Andy, Norm and Tom's views on why it might make sense for the U.S., Canada and Mexico to merge in the decades to come into one united country or union such as the European Union. To maintain our competitive edge when countries such as India and China are on the rise, a merger such as this would increase our population, knowledge-base and our resources. The three separate countries already enjoy an integrated market such as a large tariff-free zone from the passage of NAFTA as well as things like telephone lines and cell service. The cultures, especially of the U.S. and Canada, are also blended and the citizens enjoy each other's entertainment figures and sports teams.

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Net Neutrality

August 1, 2014

Net Neutrality - a new catchphrase of the 21st century - but what does it mean to the consumer when the ISP's use this as a bargaining chip with the companies they do business with? Internet Service Providers (ISP's) such as Verizon have on occasion threatened to slow the speed of internet connectivity to businesses such as Netflix unless they pay a higher service fee. Net neutrality means that everyone gets internet service at the same speed or pace and are not charged extra for better speed or service. The Federal Communications Commission is looking into a law mandating net neutrality and prohibiting the ISP's from engaging in this type of behavior but is this the best course of action? Does the FCC have the right to control this or is this a slippery slope and Big-Brother behavior by the regulatory agency? Tune into this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" with former Westchester County NY Executive Andy Spano and his co-hosts tech guru Norm Jacknis and intellectual property attorney Tom Creel to hear more on this provocative subject.

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Privacy and Contextual Computing

July 30, 2014

Privacy, contextual computing, recording of private conversations without one's knowledge - business as usual in this day and age? In the age of technology, is there such a thing as privacy? Can we have any expectation of privacy when our patterns of behavior are being tracked by our use of computers, cell phones, social media and the like? Is this type of thing unethical, illegal, neither? What else is this data used for or what could it be used for in the future? What - if anything - can and should we do about a lack of privacy? Tune into this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" with former Westchester County NY Executive Andy Spano and his co-hosts Tom Creel and Norm Jacknis to hear more about this controversial and intriguing subject. Tweet to weigh in with your opinion.

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Government Consolidation - A Good Thing?

July 30, 2014

Government consolidation; the metropolitan approach to government: is this really more efficient? More and more we are hearing about regional cooperation and metropolitan area governing but is consolidation of governmental entities really the key to greater efficiency, better services and lower taxes? Or does this mean a loss of control by the local government or school district and a lost sense of community by the residents? How do we preserve the notion of "hometown" and "community" while also streamlining the overlap of services that exists from one local government to another? Listen in as former Westchester County NY Executive Andy Spano and his co-hosts Tom Creel and Norm Jacknis lend their expertise and share their thoughts on consolidation of government on the latest edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That."

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Retirement - has it changed?

July 29, 2014

Retirement in the U.S. - how has it changed in recent years? Is retirement a thing of the past? If more "retirees" are working, is there such a thing and shouldn't we refer to pensions and Social Security income as deferred compensation instead? The facts are that 80% of retirement-aged persons who are working are working because they want to not because they have to and they in fact are the largest demographic group of entrepreneurs in the nation. They take more financial risks and have more free time to collaborate on business ventures than their younger colleagues. Listen to Andy, Norm and Tom on this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" and it may change your view on retiring!

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Economic Growth - As bad as you think?

July 29, 2014

Economics, economic growth, being accurately reported? Negativity in the media regarding the growth of the economy is misleading people to believe things are worse than they really are. The truth is the economy is growing in ways it never has before and our system of measurement is not even touching upon new industries and employment. The GDP does not measure accurately the state of our economy as it doesn't take into account services and information provided by internet companies and other sources where there has been tremendous growth. Tune into this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" for more information on this timely topic. Hear former Westchester County NY Executive Andy Spano and his co-hosts Tom Creel and Norm Jacknis give their view of how to gather accurate information on the state of our economy.

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Segregation in Schools

June 4, 2014

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Segregation in public schools - this year marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education which in essence forced the integration of the American public school system. But according to First Lady Michelle Obama in a recent speech, some of our schools are as segregated as they were back in 1954. Tune into this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" with former Westchester County NY Executive Andy Spano and his co-hosts Norm Jacknis and Tom Creel to hear what the First Lady meant by these remarks. Are our schools really still segregated and how in the 21st century in America can this be true? You'll hear Andy, Norm and Tom identify ways in which segregation still exists and how there is a direct link between success in education and level of income. At a time when there is such emphasis on having an education to get ahead, how can we not realize that it is much more difficult for people without resources to obtain an education? What did Brown v. BOE really accomplish when our failing schools are almost exclusively minority-populated? Join the discussion by following us on Twitter.

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Suburbs Dead?

June 4, 2014

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Suburban flight - a reverse trend? Are the suburbs dead? Data shows that more and more people are leaving the suburbs for city life. The trend of the 1950's and beyond seems to be reversing itself as people are moving back to American cities. But is the distinction between suburban and urban life really that great? More and more suburbs offer an urban lifestyle once only found in America's cities. An increase in cultural institutions and activities, re-creation of the "city square" type center of town, better public transportation and an increased ability to walk from place to place, as well as a greater number of immigrants creating the "melting pot" feeling, have come to characterize American suburban life. Meanwhile cities such as New York have taken on some suburban qualities of their own. Listen in to hear Andy, Norm and Tom discuss American cities and suburbs, current trends and what each can offer the other on this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That."

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Libraries and Lifelong Learning

June 4, 2014

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Libraries are becoming more important in our society as the emphasis on knowledge grows. Join Andy, Norm and Tom in this edition of "Wow! I Didn't Know That" as they focus on how we learn in America and the importance of lifelong learning. As we move more and more into the "knowledge zone," creating lifelong learners is tantamount to success and public libraries provide the universal access to knowledge that our society needs. Given that our society cannot afford to send every citizen to college, the library as a learning institution should become a focal point. Coupled with free, online courses, this could be the future of adult education in America.

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