American Airlines Bankruptcy; Fertilizer Bombs in Pakistan; Entitled Kids: Today on Here and Now

by Brad Yost on November 29, 2011

Here are some highlights for Tuesday.

1:06pmAmerican Airlines is the latest major U.S. full-fare airline to declare bankruptcy, a strategy that several years ago its competitors successfully used to lower labor costs.  But the company was the only major carrier not to turn a profit last year.  American says customers won’t notice a disruption in operations.  But longtime CEO Gerard Arpey will retire; he has indicated that he thinks bankruptcy lacks morality because it disregards previous obligations to shareholders, employees and other business partners.

1:21pmBombs containing fertilizer made in Pakistan are killing and injuring American soldiers in Afghanistan and the military is struggling to stop the flow.  The owner of the plants in Pakistan says farmers need the fertilizer and the amount that falls into insurgents’ hands is less than 1% of his production.

1:40pm:  We’ll meet Cedric Francois, the final subject in our Immigrant Entrepreneurs series, and hear about the work of Severine Autesserre, a political scientist who is the 2012 Grawemeyer Award winner for World Order.

1:49pm:  Does your kid always ask for the latest toy or gadget?  Do they feel that their allowance is a right, not something to be earned?  In their book “The Entitlement Trap”, Richard and Linda Eyre, a Utah couple, say that the way to get children to feel less entitled is to make them earn the money to buy the things they want.  They say in doing so, children value their belongings more, and can practice making decisions about how their money is spent.

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