Scalpels and Machetes

6 segments

The day after President Obama’s speech laying out his proposal to reduce the nation’s debt, David Leonhardt of  The New York Times looks at the economics of the plan. Plus: an update on the drug-related violence in Mexico which has claimed the lives of 35,000 people since 2006; Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic on his new book on the history of green technology; the culture of Little House on the Prairie; and poet Martin Espada in the next installment of the Brian Lehrer Show’s celebration of National Poetry Month.