Labor Day

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Monday, September 03, 2012

On today’s Labor Day show: James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg discuss why they think Wall Street and our leaders in Washington have made things difficult for the American middle class. Tanner Colby takes a look at America’s complicated history of racial integration. Andy Borowitz shares his observations about the presidential election so far. And Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz explains the social and economic costs of the top 1 percent of Americans controlling 40 percent of the nation’s wealth, and what our growing income inequality means for the future.

Political Strategy and the Middle Class

Political strategist James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg argue that Washington and Wall Street have made life difficult for the average American. In It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! Carville and Greenberg make the case that our political parties must admit their failures and that voters must reclaim their voice.

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The Strange Story of Integration in America

Tanner Colby points out that while racial equality is the law of the land, actual integration is still hard to find, and that in most of the country, black people and white people don’t spend much time together—at work, school, church, or anywhere. Colby set out to discover why, and in Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America he chronicles America’s relationship with race and integration.

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Andy Borowitz on the Political Race

Andy Borowitz, of the Borowitz Report on, shares his thoughts about the presidential campaign so far—the highs and lows.

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Joseph Stiglitz on the Price of Inequality

The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the factors that have made America the most unequal advanced industrial country and argues that our inequality cripples growth, tramples on the rule of law, and undermines democracy. In The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future Stiglitz examines our current state and its implications for democracy, monetary and budgetary policy, and globalization, and he includes a plan for a more fair and prosperous future for everyone.

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