This week on 51%, the changing face of currency. Technology is creating new forms of money – and new issues.
Bitcoins have been in the news lately – with a Chinese bitcoin exchange firm vanishing along with more than four million dollars... a teenager in Australia whose bitcoin bank website took in more than a million dollars, then vanished, and the world's second Bitcoin ATM set to open in Hong Kong this month. Online sellers are increasingly accepting bitcoins while central banks are warning against a volatile and unregulated form of money.
This week we're taking a look over our shoulder... Human potential, the future of news and wild horses. Plus we'll revisit some of the interviews that we liked best from the past year.
It's the last show of 2013 – and each year I like to take a look back and revisit some of the interviews that stayed with me – ones that maybe offered a new take on an old issue, or made us aware of something new, or offered solutions.
We're heading for a new year and a time of hope, so let's concentrate on the power of one. This week, some inspiration to make your own meaningful changes and maybe make the world just a little bit better.
Whether this has been a good year or a bad year for you – we're heading into a fresh start. And this week's show is devoted to inspiring stories that might remind you that you can make a difference, both in your own life, and to someone else.
First, a story about small gestures and the changes they can make.
How much of American consumerism is a reaction to fear? This week on 51%, recording the gotta have it reaction to a post 9-11 reality... plus why have we given up on recycling?
American retailers moved in on Thanksgiving this year - with stores opening on Thanksgiving Day in an effort to get a better shot at your gift budget. Walmart's offered its employees a turkey dinner and time and a half. The National Retail Federation expected 33 million people to buy into the shopping frenzy, skipping the cranberry sauce for more time at Toys R Us.
Do you know what goes on in your child's classroom? This week on 51%, teaching to tests – and colleges trying to keep up with a changing world.
When No Child Left Behind was introduced in 2002, it was hailed as the answer to make sure all children got a good education. More than ten years later, consensus is it's not doing the job. The current administration sent a reform bill to Congress in 2010, but with no progress on that front, states have been given more flexibility in their response to the program's requirements.
It's being called the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation. Why aren't we talking about it more? This week on 51%, why aid organizations need you to help. Plus the modern reality of what happens when science creates families.
What is the state of the native nations in the US? This week on 51%, we'll learn how the people who helped the first European settlers to this country are still struggling hundreds of years later.
Thanksgiving commemorates a moment of peace in what would become the US – but since then, that meal has seemed like an empty promise. The more recent history of America's native people has been one of extermination, segregation, oppression or assimilation into a culture that demanded they abandon their traditions.