WBEZ | 2011 State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/tags/2011-state-union Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'This is our Sputnik moment': Reactions to President Obama's State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/our-sputnik-moment-reactions-president-obamas-state-u <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Obama state of the union 2011 AP_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama&rsquo;s second State of the Union address stuck to tradition by highlighting the progress of the nation but many considered the tone of the gathering to be different &ndash; that a bipartisan, even conciliatory air prevailed. That might have been due to the seating arrangement.<br /><br />President Obama focused on both the deficit and the high level of unemployment.Obama also spoke about the need for investment in high technology, science and education. Sound good to you? If it does, where should the money come from: Government or the private sector?</p><p>To answer whether there is a sound economic policy hiding underneath all that high toned rhetoric, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by two experts: <a href="http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/faculty/web-pages/charles-wheelan.asp" target="_blank">Charlie Wheelan</a>, a senior lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and <a href="http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/faculty/web-pages/jeffrey-grogger.asp" target="_blank">Jeffrey Grogger</a>, one of the nation&rsquo;s leading experts on welfare reform and the Irving Harris Professor in Urban Policy at the Harris School.<br /><br />Wheelan is also author of <a href="http://www.nakedeconomics.com/" target="_blank"><em>Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science</em></a>. Grogger is co-author of <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674018914">Welfare Reform: Effects of a Decade of Change</a>.</em></p><p><em>Music Button: Mike Reed's People Places and Things, &quot;Song of a Star&quot;, from the CD Stories and Negotiations, (482 Music) </em></p></p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/our-sputnik-moment-reactions-president-obamas-state-u Ideas for a successful State of the Union address http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/speechwriters-ideas-successful-state-union-address <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/obama state of the union.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Crafting a speech that sounds less like a series of talking points and more like a vision of the future falls on the shoulders of speechwriters. So what is the perfect mix for Tuesday night's State of the Union address? Where should there be great detail and on what issues does the author shift the focus to the big picture?<br /><br />To find out, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; spoke with <a target="_blank" href="http://punditwire.com/contributors/">Dan Conley</a>, a former speechwriter for Mayor Richard M. Daley and former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder. When host Alison Cuddy spoke with Conley, he began by saying that President Obama&rsquo;s speech Tuesday evening is the most important State of the Union address in a long time.</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/speechwriters-ideas-successful-state-union-address