William Strauss is an author, historian, playwright, theater director, and lecturer. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy School of Government. He has co-authored nine books, five of which were with Neil Howe about generational history. The two most recent about the Millennial generation are called, Millennials Rising and Millennials Go to College. In their previous books, Generations and The Fourth Turning, Strauss and Howe made several forecasts about this generation, crime, substance abuse, sexual behavior, family attitudes, and school achievement that have turned out to be correct.
In addition, William is a lecturer and consultant for numerous public and private organizations about generational trends, including MTV, Paramount Pictures, Hearst Magazines, Time, Pepsi, Disney, Procter & Gamble, the Ford Motor Company, and the U.S. Armed Forces.
Author William Strauss outlined the cycles of American history and detailed his prediction for a change or "turning" for the years 2005-2025. Such turnings are "driven by generational change," he explained, with four main archetypes (prophet, nomad, hero, artist) repeating themselves in 20 year intervals. In this upcoming 4th Turning, he sees the United States in a crisis mode responding to global terrorism, and posits an increased use of technology that may restrict civil liberties in exchange for perceived security. America's young people (the new "Hero" generation) could be enlisted to serve in a National Service Corps, he said. He referred to them as the "Homeland Generation," children who are just growing up now, that never knew how America felt before 9/11. Further, there will be a return to "classic virtues" during this cycle where honor, reputation, civic duty and strength of family will be highlighted, he noted. Yet Strauss also anticipates "class warfare" in this time ... More »Host: George Noory
This past Saturday night Barbara hosted William Strauss, co-author of The Fourth Turning, which posits that America goes through 4 different cyclical periods and that we may now have entered a crisis cycle. In the first hour of the program Glynis McCants (numberslady.com) was the guest and she discussed the numerology of such tragedies as the Space Shuttle and 9/11. ... More »Host: