The national economy is in good shape, with unemployment near the lowest seen in 50 years, rising overall wages, and 200,000 jobs being added per month. But the job growth has not been evenly distributed, with some regions experiencing little growth and other regions — like New York, Los Angeles and Boston — experiencing explosive growth that strains infrastructure and housing prices. One solution posited by economist Jonathan Gruber is to invest more heavily in science funding, which can spur job growth and a wide range of spin-off industries as well.

Jim Braude was joined by Gruber to discuss his new book, "Jump-Starting America."