PLEDGE NOW
Millennials And The Next America

Millennials make their own way. Less trusting. More politically independent. We’ll look at a big study of millennials, and the American future.

A new Pew Research Center study shows the Millennial generation (young adults younger than 33 and older than 18) are less trusting, more political independent and more diverse than previous American generation. (Creative Commons)

A new Pew Research Center study shows the Millennial generation (young adults younger than 33 and older than 18) are less trusting, more political independent and more diverse than previous American generation. (Creative Commons)

You could call it the “next America.”  Not the America of the “Greatest Generation” or the Baby Boomers.  But the America of the millennials.  Americans 18 to 33 who are moving up, moving in, eventually taking over.  A big new survey points to how they look different and think differently.  Much more diverse racially, ethnically.  Much less attached to institutions: political parties, religion and – so far – marriage.  Less trusting than their parents, but more linked up online.  Loaded with debt, but optimistic about the future.  This hour On Point:  exploring the next America.

— Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center. Author of “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown.” (@paultaylordc)

Kat Chowreporting covering race, culture and ethnicity for NPR’s Code Switch team. (@katchow)

Evan Rytlewski, music editor at Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express. (@Evanryt)

From Tom’s Reading List

Pew Research Center: Millennials in Adulthood — “The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 331, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future.”

NPR: Millennials To Bear The Burden Of Boomer’s Social Safety Net — “The next America this book captures is a place where millennials, the younger generation, are growing in numbers and influence. Among other things, they are reshaping this country’s political landscape. The book, packed with charts and numbers, raises questions about federal programs that seem to treat millennials unfairly.”

American Public Transportation Association: Record 10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2013 — “In 2013 Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide.  While vehicle miles traveled on roads (VMT) went up 0.3 percent, public transportation use in 2013 increased by 1.1 percent. “

Read An Excerpt From “The Next America” By Paul Taylor

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Feb 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Feb 5, 2016
A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

RECENT
SHOWS
Feb 5, 2016
A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

 
Feb 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Notes From New Hampshire, #4: Donald Trump — You Heard It First!
Friday, Feb 5, 2016

Jack Beatty recounts an evening rally with Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, and wonders if the billionaire businessman is really looking for an exit.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: February 5, 2016
Friday, Feb 5, 2016

Spread the word — we FINALLY have both a new website (in beta) and a new newsletter. Sign up, visit and see what’s happening in the On Point digital universe.

More »
Comment
 
Notes From New Hampshire, #3: Jeb Bush — Cry for Me, America!
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) asked a New Hampshire audience to clap for him — and our own Jack Beatty was there to hear it.

More »
Comment