‘This Week on America’s Business’

Americas-Business-logo.jpgThe media can sometimes fan false hysteria about issues ranging from asbestos to global warming, according to the authors of the new book “Scared to Death.”

Christopher Booker and Richard North, guests on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick,” said this hysteria can cost businesses billions of dollars when policymakers overreact. Remember the Y2K computer crash that never happened?

“Part of the reason for writing the book, the process, is to tell people that actually they are being caught up in a very specific phenomenon and to advise and instruct them as to how to recognize the phenomenon they’ve been caught up with,” North said.

Manufacturers are struggling to find qualified workers and the H1-B visa program helps them attract talent from overseas. But the visa program has flaws. Microsoft Corp. Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs Jack Krumholtz will appear on the program to tell us more.

Clean technology is more popular than ever. Allied PhotoChemical Inc. Vice President of Sales Dan Sweetwood will join Mike to talk about why his company is offering a line of environmentally friendly paints, coatings and other products.

One way to cut soaring healthcare costs is to help workers manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Dr. Ken Thorpe, executive director of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, will be on hand to talk about his group’s push to include chronic disease management in the presidential debates.

Spring is here and grass is growing again. On that note “America’s Business” will visit Walker Manufacturing Company in Colorado to help celebrate a special milestone. They will manufacture their 100,000th lawnmower this year.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls the “The Way It Was.” And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.”

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