Former Social Security Commissioners and Others Respond to Our Disability Story

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Our series on government disability programs continues to provoke debate.


Episode 356: The Surprisingly Entertaining History Of The Income Tax

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It includes multiple wars, a Supreme Court justice on his deathbed, and Donald Duck.


Most People Are Supposed To Pay This Tax. Almost Nobody Actually Pays It.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's called a use tax. Accountants and tax lawyers are some of the only people who pay it.


Episode 451: Why Some People Love Tax Day

Friday, April 12, 2013

On today's show, we look at a huge, often overlooked, surprisingly interesting corner of the tax code: The Earned Income Tax Credit.


The Tax Code, Translated Into Plain English

Friday, April 12, 2013

Intangible drilling costs! De minimis fringe! And other essential corners of the tax code, explained.


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Making Government Simpler—and Better

Monday, April 08, 2013

Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s former “regulatory czar,” talks about his time in the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, overseeing a far-reaching restructuring of America’s regulatory state. He explains what was done, argues that Americans are better off as a result, and explores what the future has in store. His book Simpler: The Future of Government discusses the benefits of simpler government with smarter regulations.

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The NSA's Trailblazer Program

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tim Shorrock, longtime contributor to The Nation, discusses Trailblazer, the National Security Agency’s flagship system for analyzing intercepted communications, and tells about the whistleblowers who have been harassed for exposing waste and fraud behind Trailblazer.

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Ask A Banker: Why Do People Keep Trying To Give Me Money?

Monday, March 25, 2013

A reader who just re-financed his mortgage asks: Why are so many people willing to lend huge amounts of money at such low interest rates?


Episode 446: The Invisible 14 Million

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's come to our attention that we've missed one of the biggest stories in our economy: The startling rise in the number of people on federal disability programs.


Unfit For Work: The Startling Rise Of Disability In America

Friday, March 22, 2013

The story of federal disability programs — who goes on them, and why, and what happens after that — is, to a large extent, the story of the U.S. economy.

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Episode 445: Cyprus Takes Away The Security Blanket

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

On today's show: Why did the world freak out over the Cyprus bailout?


A Surprisingly Uncontroversial Program That Gives Money To Poor People

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Earned Income Tax Credit has been embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.


The Queen Takes A Stand For Women, And Maybe Gay Rights, Too

Sunday, March 10, 2013

By signing a new charter for the Commonwealth states, Her Majesty is royally endorsing equal rights. One possible outcome of her support: If Prince William and Kate have a girl, she may well be queen someday.


Interactive: Compare Your Commute To The Nation's Longest

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Are you a "mega-commuter"? That's a term used by the U.S. Census Bureau to describe those who commute at least 90 minutes and 50 miles to work. And nearly 600,000 Americans do. View an interactive map to see how your commute compares.


Circus Clowns Offended By Comparison To Politicians

Monday, March 04, 2013

"A circus clown is no fool who can be placed on the same level as Berlusconi."


Countdown To Sequester: 3 Stories That Sum It Up

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A report says the biggest sequester burden will fall on the Washington, D.C., area, while the Pentagon is already shuffling deployments to save money.


Real Economists Study Fake Candidate

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Why do economists see the world so differently than everybody else?



The State of American Music Is ________.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

[The President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. -- U.S. Constitution

You're the President. The state of American music is ______. 

Before President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight, join Soundcheck at 8 p.m. Eastern for a live call-in special about "The State of American Music." We'll talk with hip-hop writer Dream Hampton, indie musician Amanda Palmer, record executive and former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg, Washington Post pop music critic Chris Richards and author Steve Almond.

And, we ask our listeners to call in and share their thoughts about the state of our nation's music today. 

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E. J. Dionne on Our Divided Political Heart

Monday, February 04, 2013

Political commentator E. J. Dionne argues that Americans can't agree on who we are because we can't agree on who we've been. In Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, he offers both a tour of American history—from the Founding Fathers to Clay and Lincoln, on to Populism, the Progressives, and the New Dealers—and an interpretation of our moment's politics. He reclaims the American idea of the federal government as an active and constructive partner with the rest of society in promoting prosperity, opportunity, and American greatness.


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Gun-Control Battle Spills Over To Super Bowl Ads

Sunday, February 03, 2013

A Super Bowl ad produced by a group backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg uses old video of the NRA chief calling for limited background checks. The ad, which will air in some markets during the third quarter of the Super Bowl, comes amid a heated debate over guns.

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