Economic Inequality

The Leonard Lopate Show

As Latin America's Wealth Grows, What Will Happen to the Impoverished?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New discoveries of oil and mineral deposits in Latin America have led to an increasingly sharp rate of growth, but social strife threatens to undermine the region.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

MLK's Voting Rights Legacy; America's Strata

Monday, January 19, 2015

We play excerpts from WNYC's MLK celebration at the Apollo, with Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and other special guests. Plus: a close look at America's social stratification. 

The Takeaway

America's Infant Mortality Problem

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The United States spends more money on healthcare than any other nation in the world, yet we also have one of the highest rates of infant deaths.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bob Herbert on Inequality

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The recession had a huge impact on American society.  A new book looks at how to get it back on track.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Your Neighborhood Keeping You Poor?

Monday, May 12, 2014

We encourage people from poor neighborhoods to "escape" poverty, but at the same time want them stick around and "give back."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Your Mobility Stories

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A recent study finds that location matters when it comes to income mobility. The odds of moving up to a higher income level are low in cities like Atlanta and Charlotte and much higher in New York and Boston. If you grew up poor and made it to the middle class, tell us your story. Comment here or call us at 212-433-9692.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Entitlement Spending and the Fall of Nations

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia Business School, adviser to Bush I and II, and co-author with Tim Kane, of Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America (Simon & Schuster, 2013), says economic imbalance led to the downfall of past empires and warns that a similar fate is in store for the U.S. if the political stalemate over budget deficits and entitlements continues.

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The Takeaway

Occupy Boston: A Small Business Owner, One of the 99 Percent

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Protesters affiliated with Occupy Boston, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, are outraged after police arrested over 100 people early Tuesday morning. Boston city officials have defended the raid, saying protesters were warned, but Occupy Boston contends that the police "made no distinction between protesters, medics, or legal observers." Among the protesters was Nadeem Mazen. A graduate of MIT and an owner of two small businesses, Mazen rejects the narrative that the protesters are "anti-capitalist." Among the issues he's protesting is the lack of liquidity available to small businesses after American taxpayers bailed out the banks.