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Van Jones On 'Rebuilding The Dream'

Steve Scher
04/23/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Domestic Drone Use Takes Off: Domestic use of unmanned aircraft, or drones, is set to take off. In February, President Obama signed a law directing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to work unmanned aircraft into US airspace by 2015. The feds say drones will be able to help spot wildfires and assess natural disasters. But the wider use of drones is also raising privacy concerns. The San Francisco-based privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the FAA to find out more about who is using drones and how they're being used. We talk with attorney Jennifer Lynch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Rebuilding The Dream With Van Jones: Van Jones, former green jobs advisor to President Obama, believes that to restore hope and enact change we need more than a good president. Millions of people must be "committed to fixing our democracy and rebuilding America's economy." As political infighting continues, is the American Dream at stake? Can the slow of economic recovery be blamed on Obama? How can we be a part of rebuilding the economy?

Big Hopes For Small Hydro: President Obama has talked a great deal about the importance of small–scale manufacturing efforts in fueling the economy and new American industry. Canyon Hydro in Deming is an example. The family business has grown over 35 years, specializing in small hydroelectric systems. What is the growth potential for a small, specialized company? How much power could micro–hydro generate in the future?

On The Job: The Quest For The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie: Self–proclaimed "cookie monster" Michael Pinckney has been on the quest to create the best chocolate chip cookie for most of his life. Now he's turned that passion into a cookie–making business called the Pinckney Cookie Cafe. Steve Scher and Katy Sewall visit his kitchen to discover the challenges of running a start–up company and what ingredients and techniques make the world's best cookie.

Related Event

Van Jones speaks tonight at Town Hall Seattle at 7:30 p.m.


Van Jones is the founding president of Rebuild The Dream. He is also co–founder of The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green for All. Jones worked as special advisor for green jobs to the Obama White House in 2009, where he helped oversee $80 million in recovery spending. His latest book is "Rebuild The Dream."

Mike New is vice president of Canyon Hydro.

Michael Pinckney is the man behind the Pinckney Cookie Cafe cookies.

Jennifer Lynch is a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). She works on open government, transparency and privacy issues for EFF's FOIA Litigation for Accountable Government (FLAG) project.

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