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New York's Underground Economy

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia professor of sociology and the author of Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy, offers a sociologist's view of New York's illicit markets -- for drugs, sex and undocumented labor -- and how they differ from Chicago's.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics; Dating in Brooklyn; Writer and Actor Jim Rash

Monday, August 05, 2013

Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham, discusses the security concerns at US embassies abroad and what it tells us about threats to the United States. Plus: adopting young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system to life on their own; the potential Midtown east rezoning plan; the dating scene in Brooklyn as seen through the lens of a fictional character; and actor, director, writer and producer Jim Rash on his new show on the Sundance Channel, “The Writer’s Room.”    

The Brian Lehrer Show

Planet Money's Perfect Presidential Candidate

Monday, October 22, 2012

Robert Smith, reporter for NPR's Planet Money, discusses the Planet Money project to design a presidential candidate who embraces economic policies both the right and the left can agree on.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Washington Grills the Banks

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Yesterday in Washington, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were talking about the structure and behavior of big banks. Tim Geithner offered testimony about the LIBOR rate-fixing scandal. And comments by a former Citigroup CEO led to buzz about the return of Glass-Steagall, which prevented banks from getting too big. Wall Street Journal economic policy reporter Damian Paletta discusses the latest.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

#Julia, Obama, and Women in the 2012 Election

Monday, May 07, 2012

The Obama White House is launching its re-election campaign by creating the composite character of "Julia".  Eleanor Clift, contributor for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, talks about the campaign, and the GOP reaction to the campaign's message on women. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

American Business View

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia Business School, Mitt Romney economic advisor and author of Seeds of Destruction: Why the Path to Economic Ruin Runs Through Washington, and How to Reclaim American Prosperity, weighs in on inequality, taxation and the Citigroup shareholder vote.

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The Takeaway

GOP Candidates Go Anti-Corporate for Anti-Romney Ads

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s ad campaign against front-runner Mitt Romney has been all about attacking his record at the private equity firm Bain Capital. Most recently, a pro-Gingrich super-PAC released a 28 minute film called "When Mitt Romney Came to Town" which portrays Romney as a "corporate raider" whose policies ran four companies into the ground for his own benefit. Given Republicans' long legacy of running on pro-business platforms and promoting laissez-faire legislation, this recent turn is highly ironic. But how the nominees are articulating these sentiments are decidedly different from their liberal counterparts.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Don't Like all the Partisanship? Here's How We Can Stop it

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Regular people not being as active as those who dominate the two major parties is one of those chicken and the egg problems.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Debt Ceiling Details

Friday, July 29, 2011

There are lots of questions about what the effects of the debt ceiling showdown will be, but some answers are starting to emerge about what groups will be affected, regardless of which plan passes. Bloomberg News Congressional correspondent Lisa Lerer breaks down the details of the proposals, while Jason D. Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project at the New America Foundation, discusses their impact on student borrowers.

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Debt Ceiling Details

Friday, July 29, 2011

On the Brian Lehrer Show today at 10:26am. Audio and a recap of this conversation will be posted here by 1pm.

There are lots of questions about what the effects of the debt ceiling showdown will be, but some answers are starting to emerge about what groups will be affected, regardless of which plan passes. Bloomberg News Congressional correspondent Lisa Lerer breaks down the details of the proposals, while Jason D. Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project at the New America Foundation, discusses their impact on student borrowers.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Age of Greed

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Jeff Madrick tells how the single-minded pursuit of huge personal wealth led to America’s economic ills over the last 40 years. Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present tells the stories of these politicians, economists, and financiers who declared a moral battle for freedom but instead gave rise to an age of greed, and he traces lineage of some of our nation’s most pressing economic problems to the rise of greed since the 1970s.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Poor Economics

Friday, May 27, 2011

Esther Duflo, Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT, and Abhijit Banerjee, International Professor of Economics at MIT, authors of Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, talk about the complicated nature of poverty and how understanding poverty contributes to better policy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

All About Pensions: Status Report

Monday, March 14, 2011

Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, professor at Carroll School of Management, and former assistant secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy is joined by John Turner, director of of the Pension Policy Center, to kick off the pensions series with a discussion of the state of public and private pensions. 

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