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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Detroit Broke?

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.

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The Takeaway

The Economics of Food: Cookbooks and Global Development

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.

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Life of the Law

Call NOW!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

When things go bad, all you need to do is pick up the phone and CALL. Or so the late-night ads on basic cable tell us. Since the US Supreme Court allowed lawyers to advertise in the 1970s, the practice has skyrocketed, with often

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Happy Birthday Sylvia Porter

Monday, June 17, 2013

Listen to a 23-year-old Sylvia Porter, the inventor of the personal finance column, on WQXR's Author Meets Critics (1936). 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bretton Woods

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.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Legal Weed: Economics

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.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

George Packer on The Unwinding of America

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Cool War with China

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.

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The Takeaway

Is My Generation Screwed?: A Father and Daughter Talk Finance

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?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Affordable NYC

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A new study claims that New York City is a bargain -- for those making around $100,000 a year. Catherine Rampell, New York Times economics reporter, talks about how New York can be cheaper than other cities and suburbs and for whom. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Case Study: India

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.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The Thatcher legacy

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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The Takeaway

Deduction Reductions

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.

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The Takeaway

Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity

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. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Power: Not What It Used to Be

Monday, April 08, 2013

El Pais columnist Moisés Naím tells Brian Lehrer why he thinks power is "decaying" today, both for nations and businesses.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Stockman on the Corruption of Capitalism

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Good Regulations, Middle East to Lower East Side, Crony Capitalism

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.

New Tech City

Why Plumbers and Coders Are Safe From Robots

Thursday, April 04, 2013

If you're looking for a secure career in the digital age, it may be time to get your plumber's license or learn to code. 

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The Takeaway

Cyprus Rejects E.U. Bailout Deal

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.

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