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December 12 Week on TOL
The Think Out Loud editorial team gathered, quickly today, to talk about the week to come. At this point we're still looking for ideas for Wednesday's show. There is so much grim recession news these days that we're looking for something -- anything -- else. Any ideas? Please share!
Monday: We begin the week by talking about recycling in the recession. As the economy worsens, manufacturing and retail sales drop, leading to a serious decline in the demand for and price of recycled materials. We'll explore what's happening.
Tuesday: Oregon's latest unemployment numbers will be released on Monday. We'll react to the numbers and talk about how we're being affected in the Pacific Northwest. Why do employers decide to lay people off? Is it always a decline in profits? Or is it sometimes just fear? And how are those past employees coping today?
Thursday: The next in our As We Are Series was moved from last Friday to accommodate a better editorial flow to the week. Its a discussion with people affected by suicide. We're working out the focus to bring you a conversation with people who we rarely hear from -- about a topic often too scary to discuss.
Friday: Jon Cohen in our suggest a show thread asked about Portland's short school year, and how students can stay competitive globally when they're receiving fewer hours of instruction. It's a question we'd like to broaden, especially given the recent news that districts around the state are considering shortening their academic years in response to budget woes.
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