Friday, July 19, 2013
On Thursday, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court. So what does this mean? Mark Binelli, author of Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis talks about the filing, and the Brian Lehrer Show takes calls from former Motor City residents.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Having a large amount of diversity in our food can enrich our lives. But how come it's so hard to find cookbooks and restaurants that serve more exotic cuisines? Economist and author Tyler Cowen argues that it is global development and standardization that is keeping us from having a larger amount of options for food.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Benn Steil gives an account of the historic Bretton Woods accords, named for the New Hampshire town where representatives of 44 nations gathered in July 1944, in the midst of WWII, to prevent economic disorder and defuse political conflict. In The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, Steil shows that Bretton Woods was part of a much more ambitious geopolitical agenda. At the heart of the drama were John Maynard Keynes, the renowned and revolutionary British economist, and Harry Dexter White, the self-made American technocrat.
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.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
A May series on marijuana continues with the economics of the drug. Mark Kleiman professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know [Oxford University Press], talks about the supply and demand side of legalizing marijuana, including what it means for geopolitics and patents and taxes.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
George Packer discusses the Seismic shifts in the United States that have created what he calls a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift. In The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America Packer journeys through the lives of several Americans, interweaving intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era’s leading public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Noah Feldman looks at the future of U.S.-China relations, and how their coming power struggle will reshape the playing field for nations around the world. He argues that we’re entering an era of renewed global struggle: the era of Cool War—between the United States and China. In Cool War: The Future of Global Competition, Feldman depicts what he sees as a likely contest for dominance, alliances, and resources.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Their parents might have been I investing in 401(k)s and becoming home owners when they were in their 20s, but for many 20-somethings today, those conventions don't seem possible. But what financial advice should they be learning from their parents' generation? And, is that advice still lucrative given our changing economic climate?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Jagdish Bhagwati, university professor of economics at Columbia University and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Arvind Panagariya, professor of economics and Indian political economy at Columbia University and non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, talk about the book they co-authored. Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries discusses how post-Independence India offers case studies of paths to economic development.
Monday, April 15, 2013
When you file your 2013 taxes, some of the deductions you were able to take this year might be significantly smaller. The White House's new budget proposal gets tough on tax, curbing things like the home mortgage interest deduction and the deduction for state and local taxes. It also limits the charitable giving deduction. a change our next guest says ... will cost American charities dearly. Howard Husock says this change will cost American charities dearly.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Tax day is upon us. Did you reduce your tax burden this year by giving to charity? According to our next guest, the answer to the question might depend on your tax bracket. Ken Stern has written a piece in the Atlantic about who gives to charities and why he thinks the poor end up giving more than the rich. It's called Why the Rich Don’t Give to Charity.
Monday, April 08, 2013
David Stockman looks at Washington’s response to the recent myriad of financial crises. He argues that the American state—especially the Federal Reserve—has fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism. In The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America Stockman looks at some of what he calls corruptors and defenders of sound money, fiscal rectitude, and free markets, including Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Fed chairmen Greenspan and Bernanke, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Cass Sunstein served as President Obama’s regulatory czar for three years, and on today’s show he talks about how we can make regulation both simpler and smarter. Rayya Elias tells how her family fled the violence in Syria, how she came to New York at the height of the punk movement, and put her life back together after becoming a homeless addict. We’ll take a look at a trove of leaked documents which shed light on the darker side of global finance. David Stockman, a budget director in the Reagan White House, argues that we’ve fallen prey to what he calls the politics of crony capitalism.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Lawmakers in Cyprus turned down a €10 billion package from the European Union yesterday, calling it not a bailout but blackmail. It would have taxed ordinary bank deposits and left bondholders alone, a widely-criticized move that all but ensured its defeat.