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September 8th: What's On Today's Show

by Gwen Outen
Sep 8, 2011

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Employers, What Will Make You Start Hiring Again?
Nearly 14 million Americans are out of work. President Barack Obama will deliver his plan to create jobs tonight in a rare address to a joint session of Congress. Two Republican candidates for president proposed their own jobs plans in recent days, and during the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night candidates made it clear that the 2012 election will be squarely focused on jobs. But can any policy change at the federal level spark job growth? Host Neal Conan and guests take a look at the jobs plans from the people in charge of hiring workers. Employers: What can the government do to make you start hiring again?

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The Future Of The NFL
Pro football season kicks off tonight with a few new rules. For one, the kickoffs have been moved up in an effort to improve safety. A growing body of evidence shows the long-term effects of concussions and other head inquires can lead to brain damage and the early onset of dementia. And the NFL hopes to reduce those injuries. Some question the changes, and argue violence is just part of the game. Host Neal Conan talks with Alan Schwarz, a New York Times national correspondent, who has covered the effects of football head injuries, about the future of NFL football.

Freshman Reads Series: Jared Diamond
Many colleges and universities have adopted a freshman common read program, where first year students read the same book during the summer and then discuss it when they get to campus. One of those books: Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel. Today, Neal Conan talks with Diamond about his book and the teachable moments this story can offer freshman students. We also want to know: what book would you add to a freshman common read list?

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