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Midmorning: Why we give and the design in our lives

Posted at 7:38 AM on December 22, 2006 by Bill Wareham

One of the big stories of the year was Warren Buffett's $31 billion gift to the Gates Foundation. Midmorning looks at the motivations behind giving, no matter what the size. Marianne Combs's guest is Jeffrey Hale, a sociologist who teaches a course on charity and volunteerism at Oregon State University. He's working on a book called The Legacies of Giving: Charity and Philanthropy in the American Experience.

At 10 a.m., Marianne's guest is achitecture scholar Tom Fisher, dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. He says Minnesota has a flourishing design economy, one where design of ordinary things to palaces of art seeks our attention and our dollars.

(Kerri Miller returns to the host seat next week.)