Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution: “The Metropolitan Revolution”

Much of the innovation in America today comes not from federal or state governments, but from our metropolitan areas. With Washington stuck in budget standoffs, sequestration and political gridlock, cities from New York to Portland are driving real progress in areas from cross-town transportation to international trade. Bruce Katz is Director of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. He is also co-author of “The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros
Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy.”


Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution

With another round of sequester cuts pending, tensions over military budget cuts continue to grow. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined a stark choice: Maintain a high-tech force that may not have enough troops to deal with major conflicts or keep a larger but less well-equipped force that could leave troops’ lives in danger. Is there a way out? Michael O’Hanlon is Senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and director of research for the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. He’s also author, most recently, of “Healing the Wounded Giant: Maintaining Military Preeminence while Cutting the Defense Budget.”

EJ Dionne, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Four years ago, no matter how you voted, there was a sense that, maybe, just possibly, we as a nation would be ready to come together. After a divisive 16 years — eight Clinton and eight Bush — and with a financial crisis serving as a collective call to arms, many hoped we would turn the corner. How long ago — and, frankly, how naive — that seems. From Occupy Wall St. to the Tea Party, our political divide seems as wide as ever. Do we have a way out or are we doomed to a nasty and divisive existence. Few people spend more time thinking about the state of our country than EJ Dionne, Senior Fellow Brookings Institution, Georgetown University, Washington Post columnist and Author, “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.” (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)