The Leonard Lopate Show

Protecting Democracy In the New Gilded Age

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Throughout American history, hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preference have been seen as threats to democracy—so why do they persist?

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Cold War Corn Diplomacy, from "Green Acres"

Friday, February 13, 2015

With the American History Guys


The Takeaway

A One Percenter Prepares for the Pitchforks

Monday, December 01, 2014

Nick Hanauer is an unapologetic capitalist, and he says it's the responsibility of others like him to restore a middle class before the vitriol comes his way.

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Money Talking

Forget Capitalism -- Long Live Monopolies!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Think capitalism and competition go hand in hand? Fuggedaboutit. Competition is for suckers who don't want to make any money. Real innovators build monopolies and never look back.  


Money Talking

Congressional Fights Against "Crony Capitalism"

Friday, June 27, 2014

Why the little known Export-Import Bank is under such scrutiny by Congress. Is it an example of crony capitalism?


The Leonard Lopate Show

Capitalism, Inequality, and Delhi's Transformation

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A look at the transformation of Delhi through its people—from drug dealers to metal traders to psychoanalysts to billionaires—and what they reveal about how capitalism is changing the city.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Drives Income Inequality

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thomas Piketty explains the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. He makes the case that the main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—threatens to generate extreme inequalities that foment social and political turmoil and undermine democratic values.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How a Collaborative Economy Could Change Capitalism

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The emerging “Internet of Things” is moving us into an era of nearly free goods and services, bringing with it the rise of a global Collaborative Commons, which is changing capitalism as we know it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

McKinsey and American Business

Friday, September 13, 2013

Founded in 1926, McKinsey consultants have brought change to the nation’s best organizations, remapped the power structure within the White House, and even revo­lutionized business schools. Financial journalist Duff McDonald shows how McKinsey hasinfluenced the course of American capitalism. In The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business he looks at how McKinsey helped invent most of the tools of modern management, it's successes, and its failures.

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The Takeaway

For Sale: Supreme Court Seats

Monday, March 25, 2013

Two historic cases on gay marriage Tuesday and Wednesday, and, as you'd guess, the public wants in. But it turns out there are many in line who might not really care what's going on inside.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Whole Foods CEO on Conscious Capitalism and Obamacare "Fascism"

Thursday, January 17, 2013

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, talks to Brian Lehrer about his book Conscious Capitalism and clarifies his comment that Obama health reform is "fascism."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

James Fallows on China's Business Environment

Monday, December 31, 2012

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and author of China Airborne, talks about the idea that some Chinese business people and intellectuals, including some with strong U.S. ties, support the authoritarian state.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    EJ Dionne on What American Capitalism Means

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and professor at Georgetown University, talks partisan politics, the conversation over Bain Capital, and his new book, Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.  

    EVENT: E.J. Dionne will discuss the book at the Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South) on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m.

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    The Moral Limits of Markets

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    Michael Sandel explains how, in recent decades, market values have taken over almost every aspect of life—medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relations. He argues that our market economy has changed our society. His book What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, he examines how this shift happened and looks at the proper role of markets in a democratic society.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Removing Borders Stimulates the International Community

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Robert Guest, global business editor of The Economist and author of the new book Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism, explains how fostering a global community can fight against poverty, oppression and economic instability. 

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    On The Media

    The Foreign Press On Occupy Wall Street

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    The American press has begun playing closer attention to Occupy Wall Street. But what does the foreign press make of it? Brooke spoke with contributor Heather Horn about foreign press coverage of Occupy Wall Street. Horn says the foreign press was quick to take the protests seriously and quick to connect them with protests around the world.

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    The Takeaway

    Capitalism: Broken, or A System Unfairly 'Gamed'?

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Many of the protesters currently occupying American cities and engaging in actions around the world are angry at what they say are the worst offenders — companies and people taking unfair financial advantage in a capitalist system. Some argue that capitalism is broken, but is that true, or is it just that some are "gaming" the system? Dean of the Rotman School of Management at Toronto University Roger Martin thinks it may be the latter.   

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    It's A Free Country ®

    Previewing First Principles: Is Capitalism Moral?

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    First Principles is a series of three debates on the moral underpinnings of today's politics co-sponsored by DemosThe Ayn Rand Institute and It's A Free Country. Part one explored the role of government, and part two discussed freedom; part 3 will feature Washington Post political columnist Ezra Klein (here represented by Demos' David Callahan) and BB&TChairman John Allison, who will debate, Capitalism, is it moral?

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    The New Yorker: Out Loud

    John Cassidy on how Chinese state capitalism takes after the U.S. and Europe

    Monday, December 06, 2010

    John Cassidy on how Chinese state capitalism takes after the U.S. and Europe.


    On Being

    Jacqueline Novogratz — A Different Kind of Capitalism [remix]

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    The devastation of the Haiti earthquakes and the lack of infrastructure for responding to the disaster have deepened an ongoing debate over foreign aid, international development, and helping the poorest of the world's poor. Jacqueline Novogratz, whose