What is at the heart of the American dream? Bigger houses, fancier clothes, faster cars... or is it about having time for family, friends and community?
For decades University of Iowa Associate Professor Benjamin Hunnicutt has studied why we work as hard as we do, why we’re work obsessed, and how attitudes about work and leisure in our culture have changed over time. His is also the author of Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream.
For 25 years, CareerCast.com has ranked the best and worst jobs. Their rating is based on physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. Host Ben Kieffer talks with a few people that are on the best and worst lists. Find out what people in those jobs think about their ranking. It includes a Biomedical Engineer, an Oil Rig Worker, an Audiologist, and a Newspaper Reporter.
This week, the social networking site Facebook announced plans to build a $1.5 billion data center in Altoona, IA. On the same day, Google announced a $400 million expansion to its data facility in Council Bluffs. Iowa has a growing tech industry. What makes Iowa an attractive place for companies like Google and Facebook? Also, hear about our homegrown technology companies like INVOLTA.
Iowa ranks in the top 10 states most dependent on manufacturing, and the more than six-thousand manufacturing firms located in the state represent almost 11-percent of all employment. We continue our summer series on Iowa towns with a look at how manufacturing has shaped the history, economy and education of Iowa communities.