- The giving pledge
Forty wealthy families have joined Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in a pledge to give at least half their wealth to charity. But will the money be given wisely, and will the idea of generosity spread?9:06 a.m.
Stacy Palmer: Editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy
Peter Singer: Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values Princeton University.
- Politics and social media
President Obama galvanized his voters during the Presidential elections using the internet and social media like Facebook and Twitter. Can social media really swing a vote and win over the hearts of voters, or does it preach to the choir?9:45 a.m.
Heather LaMarre: Assistant professor at the school of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.
- To be, or not to be, connected
Computers and mobile devices have in many ways made our lives easier, but some would argue they also hinder our ability to focus, maintain relationships, and find true fulfillment. Author William Powers says we don't have to give up on technology to find the right balance in our lives.10:06 a.m.
William Powers: Author of "Hamlet's Blackberry."
Robert Stephens: Founder and chief inspector of the Geek Squad.
You can follow Kerri Miller on Twitter at @KerriMPR
Download each day's Midmorning to your computer or portable MP3 player. Each hour addresses a different topic. To receive both hours every day, you need to subscribe to both hour one and hour two.
Subscribe directly with iTunes:
You can also copy and paste these URLs into your podcast software: