January 17, 2018Martin Luther King’s Work Is Not Done! 

The Economic Policy Institute has found that the race disparity in wages has grown since 1968. We discuss the complex pieces of the puzzle with Valeria Wilson, labor economist and director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy.

January 3, 2018Psychology and Climate Change

This week on The New American Economy with Dr Patricia DeMarco we have Dr Renee Lertzman on the program to talk about psychological effects environmental activism and climate change. Dr Lertzman explains how people will tend to give up when presented with what seems like an insurmountable task and how to get around this and still get people activated to affect change. To learn more about Dr Lertzman and her work, you can visit her website @

November 22, 2017: Building Wealth if You Aren’t Rich – and doing it ethically

A rebirth of investment in manufacturing can also be part of a transition to a sustainable economy. This week, Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Thomas Wolf from the Steel valley Authority to discuss their responsible investors initiatives and the Labor Capital Fellowship program for students.

November 1, 2017: A Global Compact for a Better Future

This week we discuss the UN’s Millennium Declaration of goals for the future, which include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, establishing universal primary education, and empowering women as an agent of change to give them back control over their own environment, food supply and economy.
Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Rebecca Lucore, head of sustainability & corporate responsibility from Covestro Corporation, to talk about why the company signed onto the UN global compact and what they’re doing to help achieve these goals at home in Pittsburgh and around the world.

October 5, 2017: The Hip Hop Caucus On Environmental Justice

This week, Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Mustafa Santiago Ali, environmental justice advocate. After 24 years at the Environmental Protection Agency, Mustafa became the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. Mustafa discusses with us the different things that make his work important and the people that are effected by injustices in our system as it relates to the environment. One of the best parts of being a part of the Hip Hop Caucus is that people are much more likely to listen to the people associated with it as opposed to your average environmentalist.

September 20, 2017: Revitalizing a Community

This week on The New American Economy with Dr Patty DeMarco we have the President of The Homewood Children’s Village out of Pittsburgh, Dr Fred Brown on the program. The discussion surrounds how to revitalize struggling communities by getting the community members themselves involved in the process. To support them or learn more, visit

September 6, 2017: Glasgow, Scotland and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sister Cities Becoming Post-Industrial

This week on The New American Economy, Dr. Patty DeMarco has Grant Ervin from Pittsburgh and Jamie Cooke from Glasgow, Scotland on the program to talk about how the two cities are sister cities working to revitalize themselves after being industrial cities for many year and now having to transition to a post-industrial society. A big idea covered in this episode is the transition to a different try of workforce that was previously known in these cities. In Pittsburgh this manifests and investment in the energy industry, and in Glasgow this is seen though the creation of a union for the self-employed and investments in some manufacturing industries.

July 5, 2017: Talking Trash

Humans are currently dumping one garbage truck per minute into the oceans, and by 2020 there will be more plastic in the water than fish. But all is not lost! Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Mark Dixon, a journalist and documentary filmmaker who embarked on a road trip experiment with the goal of creating only a shoebox of trash in a whole year.

May 31, 2017: How Do We Get Chemical Pollution Out of Our Drinking Water?

Even micro-doses of hormones can have a drastic impact on the human body. How are hydrocarbons and endocrine disruptors ending up in our water supply, and what can we do about it?

This week, Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Terry Collins, Theresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.