"Dan Rather Reports" presents painful and poignant profiles of Americans who thought they'd done everything right, only to find that the corporate culture that once protected its workers now dismisses them...literally. American tech workers told us that even after seeing so many American jobs moved overseas, they had never imagined that they'd be displaced by foreign workers in their own hometowns. In a continuing commitment to cover the jobs crisis in this country and the global labor market, we let these people speak for themselves, telling tales of a brave new world of high-tech work, a realm where corporations, staffing companies and recruiters are constantly on the prowl—scouring the planet for better, brighter, younger, cheaper, talent. With the unemployment rate over 9 percent, why are lawmakers, lobbyists and pundits across the political spectrum clamoring to increase the flow of high-skilled guest workers from overseas? Business advocates believe U.S. companies need the world's "best and the brightest" talent in order to out-innovate global competitors and to create new jobs. Critics claim the federal guest worker visa programs are riddled by corporate myths and abusive practices and that there is no shortage of the best and brightest talent right here—especially now with more than 20 million Americans jobless or underemployed. The H-1B visa is one of several guest worker visa programs that enable U.S. companies to hire high-skilled workers from overseas on a temporary basis, presumably to offset a shortage of qualified Americans. Over the past 15 years, visas such as the H-1B have become particularly widespread in the I.T. industry, but they have also become very controversial.
Host Dan Rather presents hard-edged field reports, in-depth interviews and investigative pieces that emphasize accuracy, fairness and guts in their reporting. The program covers topics including, but not limited to, politics, the environment, the global economy, and international affairs and conflicts. Our format is dictated by the needs of individual stories and each show typically consists of multiple stories, but some shows are devoted to a single, hour-long report. Dan Rather Reports airs Tuesdays at 8pm ET on AXS TV.