Economy

Implications of America's New Gilded Age

September 12, 2013

For the first time in a century, the top 10 percent of earners took in more than half of the country's total income. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss how America's growing wealth inequality affects our society, politics and economy.

State Health Care Marketplaces: Who Will Buy And Why

September 10, 2013

In three weeks, uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage through state health care exchanges. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss who will buy and why.

The Freelance Economy (Rebroadcast)

The Freelance Economy (Rebroadcast)

September 2, 2013

As many as one-third of workers in the United States -- an estimated 42 million people -- work as freelancers. While freelancing offers flexibility and autonomy, it also comes with no benefits and no job security. A look at the pros and cons of the new "freelance economy."

Fifty Years After The March On Washington

August 28, 2013

Guest host Frank Sesno and his guests discuss the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington and the state of civil rights in America today.

The Declining Government Workforce

August 28, 2013

The U.S. unemployment rate has been trending downward, but most of the jobs growth has been in the private sector. What a decline in government jobs means for the economy.

The Economic Impact Of Airline Mergers

August 14, 2013

The Justice Department, along with several state attorneys general, dealt American Airlines and US Airways an unexpected blow by seeking to block their proposed merger. The airlines say their union would increase competition, but critics fear higher prices and reduced service. Diane and her guests discuss the impact of airline consolidation on consumers and local economies.

The Changing Suburbs

The Changing Suburbs

August 7, 2013

For decades, the suburbs were seen as ideal communities for middle and upper class families looking for good schools and safe communities. But now, suburbia is home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in the country.

Debate Over What Constitutes A Living Wage

July 31, 2013

Hundreds of fast food workers in cities around the country are walking off the job to push for higher pay: Debate over what constitutes a living wage.

New OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell

July 30, 2013

The Office of Management and Budget assists the president in submitting his budget to Congress. New Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell on forging compromise with Republicans and the future of the sequester.

The Future Of The Mortgage Market

July 25, 2013

Debate over the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Efforts to privatize most of the U.S. mortgage market and what it could mean for the housing recovery.

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