James Dyson: To compete, U.S. must take risks
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October 10th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

James Dyson: To compete, U.S. must take risks

Editor's Note: Sir James Dyson is a British industrial designer and founder of Dyson Company. Fareed Zakaria recently interviewed 

By James Dyson - Special to CNN

When it comes to taking risks, governments are notoriously reluctant. But in times of global economic uncertainty, it’s important to look beyond the short term. Debt reduction is necessary, but it’s not an economic cure all. Without fueling new ideas, long-term growth will stall. Investments are needed in new technology and infrastructure - expansive (and expensive) projects. Taking a risk requires brave decisions.

I had to borrow $900,000 to start up my vacuum cleaner company. It was a serious gamble. None of the major manufacturers were interested in my technology and I was already knee deep in debt. But I took a chance. And within 18 months I had the best selling vacuum cleaner in the United Kingdom. It was a risk, but one I had to take. FULL POST

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We need more charter schools
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September 12th, 2011
03:30 PM ET

We need more charter schools

Editor's NoteCraig R. Barrett is Former CEO and Chairman of Intel Corporation. This is part of CFR's Renewing America initiative, which examines how domestic policies will influence U.S. economic and military strength and its ability to act in the world.

By Craig R. Barrett, CFR.org 

To compete in the twenty-first century, individuals and countries will have to add value in the workplace to command a high standard of living and be competitive in the global marketplace. Education is the key to adding value. The United States recognizes that its K-12 education is not doing the job. You need good teachers with content expertise, high expectations, and feedback systems to help struggling students and teachers. These three requirements are difficult to implement in a massive public education system designed more for working adults than for learning students.

We need to follow the lead of other countries and recruit teachers from the top of universities' graduating classes. We might start by converting all schools of education to programs like UTeach in Texas, a program designed to turn content experts into teachers, letting potential teachers study subject matter they will be teaching rather than the mind numbing theory of how to teach. FULL POST

April 18th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Watch GPS April 17, 2011: the most powerful woman in business and Gadhafi's African support

This week President Obama laid out his vision for how to fix America’s fiscal problems.  Fareed called it "an intelligent, important speech with one major failing.” In Fareed’s Take, he'll explore where Obama's vision falls short.

Then an exclusive interview with the woman Fortune has called the “most powerful women in business” for the last five years running. PepsiCO’s CEO Indra Nooyi sits down with Fareed to discuss America’s economic future, Washington politics, PepsiCo’s move towards “healthier” foods, and women in the workforce.


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America's debt threat
March 8th, 2011
03:24 PM ET

America's debt threat

It was far easier to argue that the foundation of America's strength lay in its values when the United States had an unlimited checkbook to fund its priorities around the world.

After the end of the Cold War, America's political supremacy was solidified by its economic prowess. Countries disagreed with U.S. policies, but America's stewardship of the global financial system gave it unique power in shaping the world's agenda. But all of that's changing.


America needs to clean up, hit the books, and go on a diet
An abandoned classroom in Detroit
March 7th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

America needs to clean up, hit the books, and go on a diet

by Nina Hachigian – Special to CNN

America has to do three things to get back on track: clean our house, hit the books, and go on a diet.

1. Clean Our House: Our generally laudable political system is a mess. Because of procedural loopholes, most prominently the increasing use of the filibuster it now takes 60% of the Senate to get anything done. This is way too high a bar in a country so closely divided on partisan lines. Tell your representatives to reform the rules so a majority can make some big decisions. If they make bad decisions, fine, we can throw them out at the next election. But at this point, trying some bold fixes is better than further gridlock.


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Topics: Competitiveness • Economy
March 6th, 2011
09:00 PM ET

Watch GPS: Restoring the American Dream Special – Getting Back to #1

For years the United States has been the world's leader. And America has the place where anyone can dream the American Dream and build a better life for themselves.

But does all that still hold true?

If America now ranks as the 5th best country in which to run a business, 23rd in infrastructure, 49th in life expectancy and so on, can we still call it #1? And if the American Dream is slipping out of people's grasps (as we discussed in our first special "Restoring the American Dream"), what can we do to put America back on top in every category?

To answer that question we're bringing you the second installment in our "Restoring the American Dream" series of specials. This one is entitled, "Getting Back to #1".


December 26th, 2010
11:00 PM ET

Special edition of GPS December 26, 2010: How to Lead

A special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS: "How To Lead". This special features interviews on what makes a great leader with 5 leaders from diverse arenas (global politics, national politics, military, business and academia).
Sitting down with Fareed this week to share their vast experiences are:

  • Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister on how he steered a nation.
  • Lou Gerstner, who has taken some American corporate icons from the brink of bankruptcy to billions in profits, on leading through crisis.
  • Former Governor of the NJ Christie Whitman on how a woman can lead in world that is often still male-dominated.
  • Rick Levin, the President of Yale University, on leading by persuasion.
  • Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on not just how to lead, but how to command.

Read the transcript here.

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October 30th, 2010
11:00 PM ET

GPS October 30, 2010: Restoring the American Dream

Is the American Dream dead? And what can be done to revive it? You can see a special edition of "Fareed Zakaria GPS" dedicated to restoring the dream and building the American middle class back up.

For a glimpse on what the four CEOs think about how to restore the American dream check out their video excerpts below:
To watch former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner on the state of the U.S. worker click here.
To watch Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld on why Alcoa had to learn to do more with fewer workers click here.
To watch Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent on whether jobs will come back to America click here.
To watch Google CEO Eric Schmidt on the innovation war being fought with other nations click here.

And don't forget that this was also the topic of Fareed's first TIME Magazine cover story which you can read here.

Read the full transcript of the show here.

October 17th, 2010
11:00 PM ET

GPS October 17, 2010: Nobel Laureate Peter Diamond, former Iraqi PM Allawi

First up, Peter Diamond, the American economist has just won the Nobel Prize for his work on unemployment, the hottest topic in the land.

Next up, Afghanistan is talking to the Taliban, Iraq still doesn't have a government, currency was breaking out all over the globe. We'll spin the globe and talk about all of this with a great GPS panel.

What in the world, al Qaeda attacks on paper, we'll explain.

Now Iraq has been without a government for longer than any nation in all of history. We'll talk to one of the major players in the impasse, former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

And finally a last look at the mine in Chile. If you didn't think there was any more good news that could come out of there, we've actually got some.

Read the full transcript here.

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August 29th, 2010
11:00 PM ET

GPS August 29, 2010: Big Ideas with Clay Shirky, Richard Florida & Robert Kaplan

On our big ideas program, we start with big ideas on foreign policy with a great strategist, Robert Kaplan, who will explain to us the new geopolitics of the most important spot on the earth - East Asia. He will talk to us about the geography of Chinese power.

We then move to a geography closer to home, the city, and how it will change as Americans adapt to a world after the recession. Richard Florida on the great reset in American lives.

Clay Shirky, the great Internet guru, is next up on whether the Web is making us smarter, dumber or more free.

Also, "What in the World?" A big idea about nuclear weapons. How many do we need to keep to keep us safe?

And then a last look at a more invisible soldier. Can you spot him?

Read the full transcript here.

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August 8th, 2010
11:00 PM ET

GPS August 8, 2010: Treasury Secretaries Rubin & O'Neill, Hamid Gul, Serbian Foreign Minister, the controversy at Ground Zero

On the program today, Fareed says let them build the Islamic center near Ground Zero.

And a very special event, two secretaries of the Treasury, Robert Rubin and Paul O'Neill, on what it's going to take to fix our economy.

Then, a man directly accused in the WikiLeaks documents, Hamid Gul, the former head of the Pakistani Intelligence Service. Did he conspire with the Taliban?

And will there be another war in the Balkans? We'll talk to the Serbian foreign minister.

Finally, the U.S. and Iran face off. You might be surprised at who won.

Read the full transcript here.

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November 29th, 2009
11:00 PM ET

GPS November 29, 2009: Interview with 'Newsweek' Reporter Maziar Bahari; Interview With Google CEO Eric Schmidt

A continuation of our conversation with Maziar Bahari, the NEWSWEEK reporter who spent four months in a prison in Tehran. This week, we hear of his release and his thoughts on the regime that jailed him.

And a conversation with Eric Schmidt, the CEO of what is surely the company most associated with the cutting edge of technology, Google. We talk about innovation, technology and more.

Read the full transcript here.

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