Economy

The Battle For Political Control Of State Governments

May 6, 2014

Republicans have legislative majorities in 26 states and are working to build on that success. We discuss the battle for control of state governments and implications for environmental, economic and social policy.

The Plight Of The Middle Class In The Post-Recession Job Market

May 1, 2014

Federal minimum wage law appears to be going nowhere. Nearly 40 percent of the unemployed have been out of work for six months or more, and the U.S. economy slowed significantly in the first quarter of this year. Diane and her guests discuss how the middle class is faring in the post-recession job market.

Friday News Roundup - International

April 25, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns Ukraine over pro-Russian militant deaths. Rival Palestinian factions announce plans to unify. And President Barack Obama begins a four-nation trip to Asia. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Rising Poverty In America: The Causes And Consequences

Rising Poverty In America: The Causes And Consequences

April 22, 2014

A half century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty, more than 46 million Americans are poor - and that number is rising. What's behind poverty in the U.S. and what can be done about it.

The Business Of Legalized Marijuana And Ongoing Health Concerns

The Business Of Legalized Marijuana And Ongoing Health Concerns

April 21, 2014

The booming business and changing politics of marijuana.

Friday News Roundup - International

April 18, 2014

Ukraine's interim government struggles to rein in pro-Russian militants. China's economic growth slows. And al Qaida's leader in Yemen vows to attack the U.S. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

The Ongoing Political Battle For Tax Reform

April 15, 2014

On Tax Day, a look at ongoing efforts to make US tax policy simpler and more equitable and prospects for tax reform in a polarized political environment.

The Worldwide Debate Over New Rules For The World Wide Web

The Worldwide Debate Over New Rules For The World Wide Web

April 7, 2014

The European Parliament votes to keep Internet service providers from selectively blocking or slowing services like Netflix and Skype. In the US, critics speak out over plans to give up oversight of the Internet’s address book. Debate over new rules for the World Wide Web.

Jeremy Rifkin: "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet Of Things, The Collaborative Commons, And The Eclipse Of Capitalism"

Jeremy Rifkin: "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet Of Things, The Collaborative Commons, And The Eclipse Of Capitalism"

March 31, 2014

Economist Jeremy Rifkin argues capitalism is waning worldwide. How advances in technology and communications are creating a new economic system based on the sharing of goods and services.

Friday News Roundup - International

March 28, 2014

In Europe, President Barack Obama urges strengthening NATO. An Egyptian court sentences to death hundreds of people tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. And Venezuela's government arrests three generals on charges of plotting a coup. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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