Every day, 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States, according to S. Jay Olshansky. Olshansky is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Olshansky said that eventually the elderly will enjoy a "longevity dividend" — health and economic benefits that will accrue as science learns how to slow the process of aging.
The primary for the Boston mayor's race is on September 24th, leaving only a small window of opportunity for candidates to break from the rest of the pack. This week candidates weighed in at a number of forums. David Bernstein joined Callie Crossley and Peter Kadzis — filling in for Jim and Margery — to talk about Wednesday night's teachers' forum. Jared Bowen talked about a Monday night arts forum the candidates attended.
Andrew Bacevich thinks any US military strike in Syria would be misguided. Bacevich is the author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, and a retired US Army officer. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked with Bacevich about how a post-9/11 US can effectively use its military — still the biggest in the world by a large margin, still embroiled in Iraq and Afghanistan — to achieve lasting peace.
New developments are coming by the hour over the conflict in Syria. CNN's chief national correspondent, John King, and NBC's Chuck Todd talked about White House messaging, international response, and an unlikely eleventh-hour proposal from Russia. Afterwards, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines to callers.
Congress is still debating whether the US should get more deeply involved in the conflict in Syria. Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano talked with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about why he thinks we should be wary about greater US involvement.
Pres. Obama and lawmakers are wrestling with the idea of intervention in Syria. CNN's John King and Harvard professor Nancy Koehn analyzed the predicament, from international reaction, to an assessment of the President's leadership. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines to hear from listeners, too.
Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon talked about the ratcheting up of tension between the US and the Assad regime in Syria. A military strike may be imminent within Syrian borders.
US officials, including the President and Sec. of State John Kerry, have insisted Assad used chemical weapons on citizens and rebel groups. Assad vehemently denied it, and there isn't consensus on the issue.
Should the US intervene to protect citizens? Would this be a step too far? Are there shades of the Iraqi and Afghani conflicts here, or is this a humanitarian mission? Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines.