February 28, 2001

In the prosperous fifties, the U.S. working class rose to the middle. This shift changed the cultural landscape, epitomized by the new diners, bowling alleys and trailer parks of America.  We'll look at these artifacts, and what they say about us today, with Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Andrew Hurley.  His book is "Diners, Bowling Alleys, and Trailer Parks : Chasing The American Dream In Postwar Consumer Culture".

The new "SmarTruck" is a concept truck intended to be used in combat. The truck can fool the enemy with oil slicks, electric shock door handles, and night vision. Director of the National Automotive Center, Dennis Wend, tells Todd about the futuristic vehicle and how its "intelligent technology" can be used.

The Mashantucket Pequot native American tribe counted one member in the mid-1970's. Since then the tribe has become the richest in history, largely due to their Foxwoods Resort and Casino. Journalist Kim Isaac-Eisler talks with Todd about the Pequot's survival and resilience, how they achieved extreme prosperity despite opposition, and how the tribe came into the casino business. His book is "Revenge Of The Pequots : How A Small Native American Tribe Created The World's Most Profitable Casino".

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