Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Over this past year, there were increases in both high-end jobs and low-end service jobs. But the types of jobs that so many Americans rely on—those in the middle market—just aren’t being created. And if that doesn’t change soon, it could spell danger for the economy in 2014 and beyond. Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor of Time Magazine, lays out the problem—and how it might be solved.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Though Detroit seems to be in dire straights with its recent bankruptcy filing, there might actually be another piece of America that’s even worse off: Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is facing massive debt, a potentially crippling bond ratings cut, a gaping hole in its massive pension fund, and a towering unemployment rate bolstered by federal entitlements. Ingrid Vila, chief of staff to Puerto Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, joins us to discuss Puerto Rico's options.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Our work determines how we spend most of our days, the people we spend our time with, the kind of lifestyle we can afford, and it influences our fundamental sense of who we are. It turns out that what we're paid and how we really feel about our jobs aren't always in sync. Al Gini, a professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University’s School of Business Administration and resident philosopher at WBEZ, has dedicated much of his career to understanding the value of work. He’s also the author of “My Job My Self."
Monday, October 07, 2013
New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal investigates whether the Affordable Care Act will deliver on its promise to make health financially viable. She looks into whether the policies will actually be able deliver care at manageable prices. Her article “ ‘Affordable Care’ or a Rip-Off” was in the Times’ Sunday Review on September 29.
Friday, October 04, 2013
By Ilya Marritz
It’s the first Friday of the month, the day the Bureau of Labor Statistics usually releases the latest employment statistics. But with the government shutdown, there are no numbers, and that’s causing consternation among economists.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Timothy Beardson discusses the challenges that stand in the way of China’s rise to global supremacy and the inadequate policy responses to those challenges. Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China’s Future focuses on China’s situation, including an aging labor force, extreme gender disparity, social instability, environmental devastation, the absence of an effective welfare safety net, and an inflexible governance structure.
Monday, September 23, 2013
The NFL gives fans around the nation something to cheer about for several months each year. But the NFL doesn’t just give, they also receive—in some cases millions of dollars in subsidies and tax exemptions. Gregg Easterbrook, contributing editor at The Atlantic, investigates the strange financial operations of the NFL in his new book, “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America.”
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, talks about what’s changed in the garment industry since the devastating fire in Bangladesh earlier this year, and, just in time for NY fashion week, look at the growth of eco-friendly, worker-friendly fashion trends.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
In 2003 a New York Times Magazine cover story looked at women who decided to leave their jobs to stay at home with their children. Ten years later, Judith Warner revisits women from that story, now trying to restart their careers.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Jennifer Silva discusses how the erosion of traditional markers of adulthood, like marriage, a steady job, and a house, has changed life for working class Americans. Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty is based on interviews with working-class people in Lowell, Massachusetts, and Richmond, Virginia, and looks at the economic insecurity, deepening inequality, and uncertainty about marriage and family many young adults face.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
On today’s show: Foster mother Cris Beam talks about her experience and what she learned about the intricacies of the foster care system. Then, we’ll hear about four inmates at Pennsylvania’s Graterford Prison who work together in the chapel there. Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh investigates what’s causing the mass death of honey bees and what the possibility of their extinction would mean for all of us. Plus, a look at how working-class men and women are making the transition to adulthood in a time of economic uncertainty.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Even though we remember the March on Washington for the soaring poetry of Martin Luther King's dream of racial justice, it is economic justice that remains the elusive prize. William Jones is the author of "The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights," and he joins us to discuss economic justice and the impact it has had on our daily lives. For Tammy Thomas Miles, the March on Washington is not a dream—it's essential to democracy's ultimate prize, and she means to get it.
Friday, July 26, 2013
This week on the Brian Lehrer Show, we discussed several stories related to economic mobility in the United States, from a new study that shows the links between geography and class; to advice segments on how to survive and escape poverty. This special podcast compiles all of those segments into one file.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
China specialists Orville Schell and John Delury explain how China, after a long and painful period of dynastic decline, intellectual upheaval, foreign occupation, civil war, and revolution, managed to emerge on the world stage with hyper-development and wealth creation. Their book Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century examines the lives of 11 influential officials, writers, activists, and leaders whose contributions helped create modern China.
Monday, July 22, 2013
A new study of the U.S. workforce says that where you are headed economically and geographically depends to a surprising degree on where you're coming from. “Where you grow up matters,” Nathaniel Hendren, a Harvard economist and one of the study’s authors, told The New York Times. “There is tremendous variation across the U.S. in the extent to which kids can rise out of poverty.” David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss location and its relationship to prosperity.