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Monday Morning Politics: Obama vs. Inequality

Monday, July 29, 2013

President Obama and his economic advisers are talking openly about trying to fix persistent income inequality in the United States. But how? Bloomberg News Congress reporter Kate Hunter and The Guardian's Heidi Moore discuss the latest push, including the options on the table for the next Fed leader.

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The End of the American Dream?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Benjamin Wallace-WellsNew York Magazine staff writer, talks about the economist who thinks there might not be a full recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and that the American Dream's time has passed.

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How To Live on a McDonald's Budget

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

McDonald's and Visa have released a sample budget for low-wage workers and critics say it's unrealistic. Deyanira Del Río, co-director of the New Economy Project (formerly NEDAP), explains how to budget a minimum wage salary - and listeners offer advice on living on $7.25 an hour.

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Sandy and Jobs

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Greg David, director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School, contributor to Crain's New York Business, and author of Modern New York:The Life and Economics of a City, looks at the effect of Sandy, and the clean-up, on the area's employment picture.

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The Takeaway

The Middling Economic Recovery and the Road to the Presidential Election

Friday, April 27, 2012

It’s been a week of mixed economic news. Gas prices are down; jobless claims are up; pending housing sales are up. While it's been hard to put a finger on whether the recovery is progressing or stumbling, it is clear that as presidential campaigning pushes into full swing, talk about the economy will only grow heated. This may particularly be the case in the 14 states expected to be "swing states" this election: job growth in swing states has been well below the national average for job growth around the rest of the US this past year, and that could be a major cause for concern for President Obama come this November. Motoko Rich, economics reporter for our partner The New York Times explains the latest economic numbers, and what to look for in the months ahead.

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Opinion: 'Baby-Step' Recovery Shows Government Can, Should do More

Monday, February 06, 2012

Economic recovery is coming about without sweeping action from Washington. But little decisions along the way are helping, and bigger ones could do even more.

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BoA, QE2, EU: What To Do?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The problems that came to the surface in 2008 are still there, they’re just lurking not very far beneath the surface.

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Mayday! The Grim Jobs Report Explained

Friday, June 03, 2011

Economists call it a coordination failure, and I think that's what we're seeing now. Because employment is so weak, people don't want to spend. Because people don't want to spend, companies don't want to produce and hire. It perpetuates itself and we need to get out of it somehow.

Peter Coy,  economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

Contemporary Steinbecks: Where is Your "Grapes of Wrath"?

Monday, May 16, 2011

If you were to write a classic novel about the financial crisis and how it affects regular Americans, what would it be called? 

A recent article from our partners at the BBC looked at literature from the Great Depression, and asked why there aren't more pieces of work — like Steinbeck's "The Gapes of Wrath" — being produced about the current economic downturn.

There are certainly compelling story lines in the news, from Bernie Madoff's fall to the heart-wrenching stories of families being forced out of their homes despite good financial standing. So we've been asking listeners to send us their title for a contemporary novel dealing with the great recession and its impact.

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Opening the Fed

Thursday, April 28, 2011

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[T]he fact is while he can’t make the economy suddenly feel healthy, [Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke] could do more than he is currently doing, and he should be doing more than he is currently doing.

David Leonhardt,writer of the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Ten Ways the Government Shutdown Will Mess Up Your Life

Friday, April 08, 2011

It feels a little like watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve—only, everyone's dreading midnight. The government shutdown is mere hours away. Those hardest hit will be federal employees, who won't see their paychecks for a while. For the rest of us, here are ten things that will experience turbulence if and when the government shuts down.

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Financial 411: Gender Disparities in the Economic Recovery

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Budget Battle Continues on Capitol Hill

President Barack Obama said the economic recovery could be undermined if a budget deal is not reached by the Friday, and the government is forced into a partial shutdown.

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Why the Deficit Commission Proposal Flopped

Monday, December 06, 2010

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I think the whole approach of the fiscal commission was to put the cart before the horse. The problem is not how do we reduce the deficit. The problem is how do we get a recovery going.

- Robert Kuttner,co-editor of The American Prospect magazine on The Brian Lehrer Show

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U.S. Employers Cut More Jobs Than Expected in July

Friday, August 06, 2010

The nation’s payrolls shrunk by 131,000 jobs last month. That's another troubling sign that the recent economic recovery could be stalling.

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Employers Cut More Jobs Than Expected in July

Friday, August 06, 2010

Employers cut more jobs than expected in July as the government reported that the nation’s payrolls shrunk by 131,000 jobs. That's another troubling sign that the recent economic recovery could be stalling.

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