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The Leonard Lopate Show

As Latin America's Wealth Grows, What Will Happen to the Impoverished?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New discoveries of oil and mineral deposits in Latin America have led to an increasingly sharp rate of growth, but social strife threatens to undermine the region.

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The Takeaway

The Typical American Millionaire

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

According to new figures, about 10 million U.S. households now have a net worth of over $1 million. But that money doesn't mean what it used to. What's the reality behind that number?

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The Takeaway

How Much is Enough? Study Says Half of Global Wealth Held by 1%

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The rich are on a roll. According to a new study, the 1 percent will own more than 50 percent of the world's wealth by early next year. 

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WNYC News

For an Entire Hour, Gramercy Park Opens to the Masses

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gramercy Park, normally gated, opens to the public for an hour on Christmas Eve.

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The Takeaway

A One Percenter Prepares for the Pitchforks

Monday, December 01, 2014

Nick Hanauer is an unapologetic capitalist, and he says it's the responsibility of others like him to restore a middle class before the vitriol comes his way.

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WNYC News

Billionaires Richer than Ever

Monday, September 29, 2014

Forbes' latest list of the wealthiest 400 Americans finds combined wealth just under $2.3 trillion.

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Listen to Lucy

Cool students are more toxic than rich ones

Monday, September 08, 2014

Cool students are more toxic than rich ones

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Freakonomics Radio

How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A kid's name can tell us something about his parents -- their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?

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Freakonomics Radio

Does Religion Make You Happy?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It’s a hard question to answer, but we do our best.

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WNYC News

Is This NJ Town the Wealthiest Zip Code in America?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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It may not have the same ring as Beverly Hills 90210, but a small New Jersey town has been declared the "wealthiest zip code in America."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

They built an empire making petrochemicals, spandex, and toilet paper, but until Charles and David Koch started bankrolling the Tea Party movement, little was known about them. Now a new biography goes deep.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Best Two-Minute Explanation of the Connection Between Neighborhood and Poverty We've Ever Heard

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

"When you begin to understand and begin to look at black people as part of broader communities... many of the things that appear mysterious to us are not mysterious at all" says Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic.

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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 Leonard Lopate Show

What Drives Income Inequality

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thomas Piketty explains the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. He makes the case that the main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—threatens to generate extreme inequalities that foment social and political turmoil and undermine democratic values.

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The Takeaway

Money Addiction: How Much Is Enough?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wealth can be a tool for investment, for development and even for change. But wealth can also be an end in itself—becoming an addiction. That was the case for Sam Polk, a former hedge fund manager. In his last year on Wall Street, Polk earned a $3.6 million bonus. He felt it wasn't enough. Today, Polk explores why Americans love and possibly have an addiction to money.

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Strangers

Born Rich (or Poor): Moby, Jamie Johnson and Others

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Just how fabulous is it to be fabulously rich? 4 stories of wealth--inherited and earned.   - Get the full story here.

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The Takeaway

The 'New Rich' and What It Means to be Wealthy

Thursday, December 12, 2013

"A lot of these people are people who had one good year," says Harvard Business Professor Michael Norton on Americans considered "rich."

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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

Lessons from Canada with Paul Martin

Monday, July 23, 2012

Paul Martin, former Finance Minister (1993-2002) and Prime Minister of Canada (2003-2006), talks about why the Canadian economy is doing well, the policies he enacted, and what the U.S. could learn from Canada's budgeting past.

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