The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050

In conversation with historian Kevin Starr
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Episode Summary
What will America look like in 2050? Kotkin, a renowned social and economic trend analyst, argues that the key to America's economic recovery is its robust population growth.

Participant(s) Bio
Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global economic, political, social and technological trends. He is the author of six books, including The City: A Global History, and The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution Is Reshaping the American Landscape. Kotkin writes regular columns for Forbes and, and contributes to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Washington Post. He appears regularly on ABC News, CNBC, Fox News, and NPR, and is the executive editor of A leading expert on the evolution of cities, towns, and rural places, Kotkin has written major reports on the future of New York, St. Louis, Los Angeles, rural North Dakota, suburban Montreal, and the Inland Empire region of southern California. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Urban Future and lectures widely in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.