Peoria Public Radio Staff
The GOP: seize the center or die?
The GOP's 2012 election season was disappointing to many in the party. Would a shift to the center help the GOP survive? Was embracing the Tea Party a mistake? Or, does the party simply need a new election strategy? Leading strategists debate the future of the party.
Airs Tuesday, April 30th, at 9:00 p.m.
Abolish The Minimum Wage
In 1938, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law a minimum hourly wage of 25 cents. Three-quarters of a century later, we are still debating the merits of this cornerstone of the New Deal. Do we need government to ensure a decent paycheck, or would low-wage workers and the economy be better off without its intervention?
Airs Tuesday, May 7th, at 9:00 p.m.
Immigration and the Global Talent Search
This special report examines whether the U.S. is still attracting the best and brightest entrepreneurs to set up shop in the country. Included in this conversation will be the role that immigrants play in creating small and mid-sized businesses and how the current American visa process may be deterring foreign talent, particularly from math and engineering-focused places like India.
Airs Tuesday, May 21st, at 9:00 p.m.
Is the FDA hazardous to our health?
The Food and Drug Administration is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?
Airs Tuesday, June 4th, at 9:00 p.m.