Going Bowling on NPR’s All Things Considered (May 31, 2000)
Robert Siegel talks with Robert Putnam who is author of Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.
Putnam uses an observation about the decline in bowling leagues in the U-S as a metaphor to describe the increasing alienation of
Americans from their families and communities, and the political process. One crucial factor leading to the social isolation is
television. Says Putnam, “People watch Friends on TV — they don't have them.”
Political Scientist: Does Diversity Really Work? on “Tell
Me More,” from NPR News (August 15, 2007)
A study conducted by Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam suggests that diversity hurts civic life and that differences
can actually translate into distrust. The political scientist and author explains his findings on the flip-side of cultural diversity.