Innovation Hub

The Modernization of America

By Kara Miller

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We examine how Americans’ approach to the world is changing. Once, through programs like The Marshall Plan, the U.S. wanted to be part of recreating other countries.

Now, wearied by war and terrorism, we look at whether Americans are turning inwards. Are we seeking only to modernize our own nation? And how successful is that effort proving?


  • David Ekbladh, assistant professor of history, Tufts University; author, "The Great American Mission: Modernization and the Construction of an American World Order"


About Innovation Hub

Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

About the Host
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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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