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Middle Class

The Leonard Lopate Show

Healthcare Jobs Pave a Path to the Middle Class

Friday, March 06, 2015

New York Times economics writer Dionne Searcey talks about the rise of nursing and other middle-income health care jobs in America, with Anna Marina Ackerson, a doula and a mother.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Here Come Obama's Last Two Years

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address at 9 PM to a Republican-controlled Congress in Washington. What should we expect to hear?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

How profit sharing and employee ownership at small and large corporations could help bolster the middle class.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

There’s No Retirement When You Can’t Afford to Stop Working

Friday, July 18, 2014

A growing number of older middle-class Americans are migrating across the country from one temporary job to another to make ends meet.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Makes a True American

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Anand Giridharadas, New York Times columnist and author of The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, discusses his new book, which tells the story of an immigrant man who comes to forgive the man who tried to kill him.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Our Middle Class is Losing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New York Times reporter and editor David Leonhardt explains the recent data that show the U.S. middle class is no longer the wealthiest in the world.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stuck In the Middle With You

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canada’s middle class is now wealthier than ours. David Leonhardt of The New York Times explains the analysis (and the new Times data platform). Plus: how to understand your college financial aid letter; sleep through the life cycle; and news from the Supreme Court.

WNYC News

In City's Job Growth, Faces of the Working Poor

Monday, March 17, 2014

WNYC

The city is growing jobs faster than the country. But they are not the middle-class jobs of a generation ago.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Living in the Middle in NYC

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What's it like to live in the city if you or your neighborhood are the definition of the middle class? New census figures show that New York City's median income is $51,865. We're asking you to share your story of life in the middle. 

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The Takeaway

Despite New Jobs, Middle Class May Be In Trouble

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty

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.

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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 Leonard Lopate Show

Rise of the Global Middle Class

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Kishore Mahbubani explores how the global middle class brings about an unprecedented convergence of interests, perceptions, cultures, and values. In Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World, Mahbubani argues that it’s a positive change that world's population outside the West is rising to Western living standards and sharing Western aspirations, but warns a new global order requires a shift in policies and attitudes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What’s the Matter with White People

Monday, October 01, 2012

MSNBC political analyst and Salon columnist Joan Walsh looks at the cause and effects of the rise of divisive politics over the last 40 years in this country. In What’s the Matter with White People she makes the case that changes unleashed in the 1960s pitted Americans against one another politically in new and destructive ways—while economically, everyone fell behind except the wealthy.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Who Stole the American Dream?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith argues that, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled. His book Who Stole the American Dream? examines the accidental beginnings of the 401(k) plan, the policy changes that began under Jimmy Carter; how the New Economy disrupted America’s engine of shared prosperity, and how America lost the title of “Land of Opportunity.” Smith documents how the U.S. policy tilt favoring the rich is stunting America’s economic growth.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Political Strategy and the Middle Class

Monday, September 03, 2012

Political strategist James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg argue that Washington and Wall Street have made life difficult for the average American. In It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! Carville and Greenberg make the case that our political parties must admit their failures and that voters must reclaim their voice.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Betrayal of the American Dream

Monday, July 30, 2012

Investigative reporters Donald L. Barlett and James Steele talk about why they believe that the American middle class has been systematically impoverished and its prospects thwarted in favor of a new ruling elite. The Betrayal of the American Dream make the case that for more than 30 years, government and big business in America have conspired to roll back the American dream, and what was once accessible to much of the population is increasingly open only to a privileged few.

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The Takeaway

Can a Robot Do Your Job?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The 18th century saw the threshing machine; now, it's the 3D printer and the self-driving car. Then, it was brute force; now, it's problem-solving skills and artificial intelligence. So how do we save our jobs from the impending robot workforce?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Political strategist James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg argue that Washington and Wall Street have made life difficult for the average American. In It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! Carville and Greenberg make the case that our political parties must admit their failures and that voters must reclaim their voice.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Global Financial System and the Middle Class

Monday, June 04, 2012

Michael Casey argues that the vast global financial system is responsible for our economic malaise. In The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Global Financial System Destroys the Middle Class, Casey traces the flow of money and goods across the world, and shows that our economic problems are largely caused by political agendas that prevent the free market from encouraging fair competition.

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