Mayors (update)

July 26, 2015

Name a problem and Washington seems unable to solve it. Poverty. Climate change. Unemployment. Immigration. Education. Enter the mayor.  As one of our guests ask, "What IF mayor ruled the world?"

Jon Gnarr wasn't trying to rule anything. He is a professional comedian who ran for mayor of Reykjavik on a lark. And to his surprise, won. And to everyone's surpirse, helped change his country during a crisis.

The former mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, take us on a walking tour of the neighborhood in Toronto of one of his big heroes, the late urban thinker, Jane Jacobs. 

And in Chicago’s 49th Ward they engage in Participatory Budgeting - in other words the residents of the 49th Ward decide how to spend their ward’s money - seriously.

  1. If Mayors Ruled the World

    Name a problem and Washington seems unable to solve it. Poverty. Climate change. Unemployment. Immigration. Education. Enter the mayor.

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  2. Participatory Budgeting

    In Chicago’s 49th Ward they engage in Participatory Budgeting - in other words the residents of the 49th Ward decide how to spend their ward’s money.  

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  3. SONIC SIDEBAR: Mayor Dave

    The former mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, take us on a walking tour of the neighborhood of one of his big heroes, the late urban thinker, Jane Jacobs. 

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  4. The Mayor of Reykjavik

    Jon Gnarr is a professional comedian who ran for mayor of Reykjavik on a lark. And to his surprise, won.

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  5. A DANGEROUS IDEA!

    Author Harriet Brown has a dangerous idea. What if stopped talking about how we look? Just stopped...

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  6. Keija Parssinen on her novel "The Unraveling of Mercy Louis"

    “The Unraveling of Mercy Louis" tells the fascinating story of a community that’s nearly torn apart following the discovery of an abandoned baby in a dumpster. A witch hunt ensures and the girls at a local high school soon begin developing mysterious twitches and tics, which quickly intensify. Eventually, the girls in the town are acting as if they’re possessed, thrashing around on the floor or grunting like animals. As strange as it all sounds, Parssinen says the book was inspired by a real episode of mass hysteria in Le Roy, New York.

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