10/01/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Time Magazine Senior Correspondent Michael Grunwald, who’s chronicled the events and reactions surrounding the 2009 federal stimulus package, which reached 700-billion-dollars. In The New New Deal, Grunwald examines what prompted conservatives to condemn the stimulus as a monstrous waste and liberals to lament the lost opportunity for a bigger and bolder package. Grunwald speaks with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.
09/25/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Steve and Annette Economides, known as America’s Cheapest Family. They’ve made saving money—and still living well—an art form. They plan carefully and only grocery shop once a month. How about feeding seven on $350 dollars a month? The Cheapest Family doesn’t give allowances—the kids earn their way and learn the value of a buck by buying their own clothes. The book is The Money Smart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence To Children Of Every Age.
A controversial agreement between Palm Beach County and developers is finally producing reduced-price homes for low- to middle-income families.
It’s just not happening fast enough.
In 2006, at the height of South Florida’s building boom, the county decided to set aside affordable housing for its workforce. So it struck what sounded like a sweet deal for developers: they could build more houses than usual within certain areas, provided they knock down some prices.
Journalist Frank Deford’s stories have appeared in Sports Illustrated, HBO Real Sports and NPR. He and his wife spend every winter in Key West, where Deford says he breathes in the island’s different air.
It’s very possible to dismiss Key West, as the British say, as just too much by half. I mean, you arrive at the airport and it says WELCOME TO THE CONCH REPUBLIC – and everybody is quick to let you know that Key West really isn’t Florida … which is to say: it’s too good for Florida, or, for that matter, too good for any mere state of the union.