Report: Millennials prefer to rent, not buy

Millennials

A recent report by loan marketplace Lending Tree reports that millennials are buying their own property in significantly smaller numbers than in previous generations.  Some of the roadblocks to home ownership include lack of high enough income, dislike of their current location, desire to pursue other goals like travel first and substantial student loan debt. Previous data indicates that in general millennials don’t trust banks,  are fearful of investment risk and would rather invest in improving the world than in homes.

Real estate expert Pej Barlavi, CEO of Barlavi Realty LLC came on the Morning Wake Up Call to share his insight on that growing trend as well as some tips for those young people ready to take the plunge.

Check out the interview here!

Hofsta panel set to debate legacy of Bush Doctrine

Former President George W. Bush passes by a portrait of himself and his father former President George H.W. Bush as he takes the stage to discuss his new book, "41: A Portrait of My Father" at the his father's presidential library Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (Associated Press)

Former President George W. Bush passes by a portrait of himself and his father former President George H.W. Bush as he takes the stage to discuss his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father” at the his father’s presidential library Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (Associated Press)

As a preview to Hofstra’s presidential conference examining the tenure of George W. Bush, the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency hosts a panel discussion debating the legacy of the Bush Doctrine and how it’s shaped foreign policy today. Kalikow Center Director Dr Meena Bose called into the Morning Wake Up Call to talk about the event.

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Is Valentine’s Day overrated?

(Photo: Photo: Craig Rubadoux/ FLORIDA TODAY)

(Photo: Photo: Craig Rubadoux/ FLORIDA TODAY)

Valentine’s Day – cheesy Hallmark holiday or sincere expression of love? Opinions run the gamut. Research Psychologist Dr Frieda Birnbaum is wary of the holiday’s commercialization and perceived materialism. We break it down in a special Valentine’s roundtable on the Morning Wake Up Call. Check it out!

NYC prepared to fight a measles outbreak

The outbreak tied to Disneyland is responsible for approximately 85% of the cases to date. Photo from the CDC.

The outbreak tied to Disneyland is responsible for approximately 85% of the cases to date. Photo from the CDC.

This week the Centers for Disease confirmed over 100 cases of measles in 14 states. An infected college student passed through Penn Station on his way upstate, potentially exposing the area to the illness.

Dr Jay Varma, deputy commissioner of the Bureau for Communicable Diseases at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, believes that the city is well prepared to handle a measles outbreak. Last spring, a minor wave of measles hit New York and was handily controlled.

This measles outbreak started in California and spread so quickly due in part to a growing faction of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of fear they develop autism, a claim that has been proven to be wholly untrue. 

Check out my interview with Dr Varma!

Romney out, Bush in?

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (L) pose for a photograph together after a 2012 Romney for President campaign rally in Tampa, Florida October 31, 2012. CREDIT: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (L) pose for a photograph together after a 2012 Romney for President campaign rally in Tampa, Florida October 31, 2012.
CREDIT: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s withdrawal from the GOP’s pool of potential nominees for 2016’s presidential election leaves the race open for establishment republicans like Governors Jeb Bush (FL) and Chris Christie (NJ) and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to battle hard line conservatives like former Governor Mike Huckabee (AR) and Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Ted Cruz (TX).

Dr Antoine Yoshinaka, professor of political science at American University, joined us on Morning Wake Up Call today to wade through the party’s seemingly never-ending pool of candidates.

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Hofstra expert breaks down SOTU 2015

President Obama delivers the State of the Union address. Mandel Ngan/AP

President Obama delivers the State of the Union address. Mandel Ngan/AP

Dr Meena Bose, political science professor and director of Hofstra University’s Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, evaluates President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address and reflects on the value of presidential speeches on today’s Morning Wake Up Call.

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Meet April Reign: #OscarsSoWhite mastermind

David Oyelowo stars as Dr Martin Luther King Jr in best picture contender 'Selma.' Image courtesy of Paramount.

David Oyelowo stars as Dr Martin Luther King Jr in best picture contender ‘Selma.’ Image courtesy of Paramount.

#OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign joins the Morning Wake Up Call to talk about the lack of diversity among the nominees for this years Academy Awards. For her, the exclusion is representative of a much larger issue about the inclusion of people of color in the film and television industry.

Check it out! For more on April, visit her website ReignofApril.com or follow her on twitter @ReignofApril.