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30 Issues Follow Up: How They Do It In China

Friday, September 21, 2012

Keith Bradsher, New York Times Hong Kong bureau chief, discusses the case against some of China's trade practices and the implications for U.S. manufacturers--and takes a look at how China approaches education and economic growth.

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Is NYC Better Off Than It Was 4 Years Ago? You Be the Judge

Friday, September 14, 2012

Is New York City better off than it was before President Barack Obama took office? With an election just weeks away, many variants of Ronald Reagan’s famous question to voters from 1980 are in the air.

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30 Issues: How to Grow the Economy

Friday, September 14, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg of Planet Money and Manoush Zamorodi of WNYC's New Tech City on how government measures can boost the economy and move Americans towards an end of the Great Recession. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Opinion: If Romney's Economic Plan Weren't Crazy, He'd Win

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Swing voters would love to see a decent alternative to Obama, and if Romney were a decent alternative, he'd be the one leading in the polls right now.

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Why Good People Can't Get Jobs

Monday, June 25, 2012

Peter Cappelli, professor of management at The Wharton School and director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources, workforce issues columnist for Human Resource Executive Online, and author of Why Good People Can't Get Jobs:The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It, talks about the implications of  changes in US employment relations as they are presented in his new book.

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Explainer: Where Has Forty Percent of our Wealth Gone in the Past 10 Years?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Are you better off than you were ten years ago? According to a recent survey from the Federal Reserve, only one group is: the wealthiest 10 percent.

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Today's Jobs, Tomorrow's Economy

Friday, June 01, 2012

Today's May jobs report shows a slowing recovery and a rise in unemployment to 8.2% Dan Gross, columnist and economics editor at Yahoo! Finance, discusses the report, and how the US is trying to rework its economy for future success. His new book is Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline . . . and the Rise of a New Economy.

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For Obama, Auto Bailout Goes from Unpopular to Populist

Monday, March 19, 2012


In the fall of 2010, the auto bailouts stirred up a populist sentiment. But as a Pew poll last month found, Americans are saying the bailouts were mostly good for the economy, and the industry's now in the black.


Creating and Keeping Manufacturing Jobs

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Adam Davidson, co-host of NPR's "Planet Money", discusses his Atlantic cover story, which profiles a plant in South Carolina that may serve as a model for the future of manufacturing and job creation in the U.S.

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Solyndra a Scandal? What it Means for Obama and Green Energy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

For me, a scandal would mean that you do it for your own personal self-interest, and although there's a lot of smoke out there, no one has proven yet that this was done for political purposes.

Joe Stephens of the Washington Post on The Brian Lehrer Show

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What Can the Fed Do to Aid our Economy? Not Much More Than it Already Has

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The United States Federal Reserve's policy board announced today it will extend its period of extremely low interest rates through 2013 if not longer.

But don't expect that to solve the nation's financial woes.

A macroeconomic look at the U.S. economic slump makes it clear that the Fed is limited in what tools they have to fix the economy, and they have already used most of the tools at their disposal, without much success.

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Did It Work? The Small Business Lending Fund

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Roben Farzad, a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, begins a weekly series this month looking at Obama administration economic stimulus programs. This week: the Small Business Lending Fund.

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