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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fiscal Policy and the Federal Debt

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Bill White, who served as mayor of Houston from 2003 to 2009 and was deputy secretary of energy in the Clinton administration, tells the story of federal leaders who imposed clear limits on the use of federal debt for nearly two centuries until 2001, when elected officials broke the traditional link between federal tax and spending policies. For the first time in history, the federal government cut taxes during war, funded permanent new programs entirely with debt, and became dependent on foreign creditors. In America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse, White outlines practical lessons learned from the nation's five previous spikes in debt.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Civil Rights Act; Sleight of Hand; Humor Around the World; Federal Debt

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Politico senior writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Todd Purdum looks back at the dramatic behind-the-scenes battle to get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Congress. Then, master of sleight-of-hand, Ricky Jay, talks about the many different sides of magic. Dr. Peter McGraw and journalist Joel Warner discuss their global quest to learn what makes people laugh. Former Houston mayor Bill White talks about the government and public debt.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Latest on the Fiscal Cliff

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor at The Guardian, and Rachel Smolkin, Politico White House editor, talk about the latest moves by Republicans and Democrats as they attempt to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fiscal Cliff Back-and-Forth

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Mara Liasson, NPR national political correspondent, talks about the ongoing negotiations over the fiscal cliff, and other key Washington news.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The National Debt, and Why It Matters

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Simon Johnson explains the national debt—where it came from and what it means to you and to future generations. In White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You he and co-author James Kwak argue that if we persist on our current course, the national debt will reduce the number of jobs, lower living standards, increase inequality, and force a reduction in government services.

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The Takeaway

Democratic Members of 'Super Committee' Release Plan

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Congressional "super committee" charged with tackling the country's debt held its first public hearing in more than a month. With less than a month before the deadline for the panel's final report, Democratic members of the committee outlined their plan on Wednesday, which they say will cut $3 trillion from the country's debt. The plan is strikingly similar to the "grand bargain" nearly reached by President Obama and Speaker John Boehner over the summer.

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The Takeaway

Can You Fix The Budget Crisis? New Game Challenges Users' Problem Solving Abilities

Thursday, July 14, 2011

As the president and lawmakers battle over raising the deb limit and the federal government's current budget crisis, many voters feel frustrated and powerless. But what if you were offered an opportunity to find your own fix? A new online game challenges users to come up with their own compromises and solutions to the current problems facing the country's coffers. Want to play? Can you win?

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The Takeaway

A Story Develops: New Jobs Numbers and Rising Unemployment

Monday, July 11, 2011

Last Friday, the new jobs numbers set off a flood of comments from our listeners. As we evaluated what this meant for job-seekers across the country, guests, listeners and others reacted to our coverage and helped to create it.  Below, follow how the story evolved, from our first on-air segment with Dan Gross to an emotional interview from a woman looking for work, to listeners compelled to give their own story.

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The Takeaway

After The Takeaway: Celeste Headlee's Reaction to Today's Show

Monday, July 11, 2011

We're having fun with a new feature: quick videos with hosts after the show. In today's episode, host Celeste Headlee reacts to our coverage of the continuing battle over principle in Washington's debt ceiling talks, and the continuing struggle for America's unemployed. Are they focused on the right priorities? It's a question we've been asking listeners, and one that has generated a lot of response. 

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U.S. Debt Outlook: Downgrade to Negative

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

[S&P doesn't] have a lot of credibility left after totally blowing all major calls of the past decade...The chance that the United States would not pay its debts after more than 200 years of being the best creditor in the world, that chance exists. It is quite remote in my assessment. But there's no question that S&P is trying to swing the other way and trying to get some attention from the left and right, and it's obviously working.

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Downgrade to Negative

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, talks about why Standard & Poor's downgraded the outlook for U.S. debt to "negative" and how that factors into the ongoing battle over the national debt. Washington Post Economic Policy Reporter reporter Lori Montgomery joins the conversation to talk about how the S&P rating might change the political landscape of debt in Washington.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Congress Member Hayworth on the Debt

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY 19) discusses the battle in Congress over the national debt.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, January 03, 2011

The New York Times' David Sanger discusses what's facing President Obama and the new 112th Congress in the new year.