The Political Divide Over How Best To Reduce Poverty

March 5, 2014

In his 2015 budget, President Barack Obama calls for expanding tax breaks for low-income workers. Republicans are pushing welfare reform and an overhaul of social programs. Debate over government efforts to reduce poverty.

Friday News Roundup - International

February 21, 2014

The U.S. and European Union threaten Ukraine with sanctions as violence continues there. Venezuela expels three U.S. diplomats amid anti-government protests. And President Barack Obama attends the North American trade summit in Mexico. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Megan McArdle: "The Up Side Of Down"

February 17, 2014

Bloomberg columnist and economics blogger Megan McArdle makes the case that success -- in business and in life -- is largely contingent on how quickly and nimbly we learn from our mistakes. She speaks with Diane about how to identify mistakes early and channel setbacks into future success.

Geoff Dyer: "The Contest Of The Century"

Geoff Dyer: "The Contest Of The Century"

February 5, 2014

For years, China has been driven by one thing: growing its economy. Now the country looks to translate its economic might into global influence. In “The Contest of the Century,” journalist Geoff Dyer describes China’s push into international politics and explains why the United States is in a strong position to come out on top.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

February 5, 2014

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez joins Diane to talk about President Barack Obama's agenda to reduce income inequality, increase the minimum wage and recruit big business to hire the long-term unemployed.

An Update On The State Of The U.S. Economy

An Update On The State Of The U.S. Economy

January 28, 2014

Falling unemployment, steady job creation, jittery markets and transition at the Federal Reserve: What it all means for the U.S. economy.

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

January 22, 2014

For our January Readers’ Review: “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. Published almost 75 years ago, Steinbeck’s story of the Joad family's migration from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to California holds important lessons for today...

The Moral And Economic Costs Of Slavery (Rebroadcast)

January 20, 2014

The film "12 Years a Slave" is a brutal reminder of the connection between America's early economic success and the North American slave trade. Facing up to the moral and economic cost of slavery.

Understanding How Unemployment Insurance Works

January 13, 2014

Unemployment insurance first started in the Depression era by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. As the Senate weighs extending unemployment benefits, a look at how it works -- and answering your questions.

Pope Francis And His Global Reach

December 23, 2013

Roman Catholics make up 17 percent of the world's population, but the new leader, Pope Francis, is emerging as a global voice of conscience. Diane and her guests discuss the pope, his message of compassion and his potential influence around the world.

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