Social Problems

Hayim Herring joined us recently to talk about his latest book - Connecting Generations Bridging the Boomer, Gen X and Millennial Divide. 

Social isolation, loneliness, and suicide are conditions we associate with the elderly. But these issues have sharply increased across the younger generations. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and post-Millennials all report a declining number of friends and an increasing number of health issues associated with loneliness.

Chuck poses the question for our podcast only edition of Dig Deep this month.  Is there something special about small towns?  Where people pull together?  Do you cross groups and have more personal connections that make us more altruistic?

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Aaron Brown

Dig Deep continues the conversation this time moving into solutions for social problems.  Students in Aaron Brown's Hibbing Community College classes have over the last 10 years always listed "there's nothing to do in this town" as one of the biggest problems.  As Aaron explains here - building a new mall or new kids museum won't change issues of poverty and substance abuse.

So what ISN'T working in small town America?  Chuck and Aaron give us their thoughts.