Scalpels and Machetes

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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.