Good Regulations, Middle East to Lower East Side, Crony Capitalism

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Monday, April 08, 2013

Cass Sunstein served as President Obama’s regulatory czar for three years, and on today’s show he talks about how we can make regulation both simpler and smarter. Rayya Elias tells how her family fled the violence in Syria, how she came to New York at the height of the punk movement, and put her life back together after becoming a homeless addict. We’ll take a look at a trove of leaked documents which shed light on the darker side of global finance. David Stockman, a budget director in the Reagan White House, argues that we’ve fallen prey to what he calls the politics of crony capitalism.

Making Government Simpler—and Better

Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s former “regulatory czar,” talks about his time in the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, overseeing a far-reaching restructuring of America’s regulatory state. He explains what was done, argues that Americans are better off as a result, and explores what the future has in store. His book Simpler: The Future of Government discusses the benefits of simpler government with smarter regulations.

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From the Middle East to the Lower East Side

Rayya Elias talks about her family fleeing political conflict in their native Syria when she was seven, and later moving to New York City at the height of the punk movement. Her memoir Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side charts four decades of a life lived in the moment, from addiction and homelessness to recovery and redemption.

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Leaked Documents Shed New Light on Tax Havens

A leaked trove of 2.5 million financial records shed new light on the murky world of offshore tax havens and finance. Washington Post reporter Scott Higham tells Leonard Lopate the ways wealthy American citizens use offshore finance to their advantage

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David Stockman on the Corruption of Capitalism

David Stockman looks at Washington’s response to the recent myriad of financial crises. He argues that the American state—especially the Federal Reserve—has fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism. In The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America Stockman looks at some of what he calls corruptors and defenders of sound money, fiscal rectitude, and free markets, including Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Fed chairmen Greenspan and Bernanke, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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We Asked and You Shared: Your Favorite Cookbooks

We asked you to share your essential cookbooks - you know, the ones that have stains and notes all over them that contain your favorite, tried-and-true recipes.

Listeners shared over 50 titles with us! Click below to see them all, and maybe find a new favorite. Don't see your old stand-by on the list? Add it to the list in the comments below!

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