March 3rd Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, what makes a great airline pilot? and the future of the stock market. In our second hour, donor daddies, and economist Jeffrey Sachs answers the question, "How bad will the economy get?"
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March 3rd Show

Last January, pilot Chesley Sullenberger landed a powerless US Airways flight safely onto the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both engines. Incredibly, everyone onboard survived. So what makes a great airline pilot? In our first hour, we'll talk with pilots (we hope many of you will call in) to find out what it takes to be a great pilot. What safety challenges do pilots face while they are logging in thousands of hours in the air? And would commercial pilots flying today know how to do what Captain Sullenberger did? At the end of the hour, we'll talk about the future of the stock market and whether or not investing in stocks is still one of the best ways to save for retirement.

Egg and sperm donors normally remain anonymous-- but since 2000, a web site called the Donor Sibling Registry has allowed donors, parents, and donor-conceived people to connect-- as long as they mutually consent and pay a small fee to join. In our second hour, we'll talk to the founder of Donor Sibling Registry about the process of searching for donor siblings and fathers. And we'll also hear from a therapist for donor families about her experience finding her son's half-sister through the registry. Then, "How bad will the economy get?" Today, we kick off a series where we ask that tough question to different economists who may have an answer. Our first guest will be Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and author of "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." Sachs will explain what he believes needs to change in order for things to get better in our economy.