Economy

High Gas Prices

May 19, 2004

A panel talks about why gasoline prices are at all-time highs, how the increases are affecting the economy, and some of the proposed solutions.

State Legislators

April 29, 2004

State legislators explain how the economy and federal budget choices affect state budget decisions about education, health care, taxes, and more.

Richard Yancey: "Confessions of a Tax Collector" (HarperCollins) (Rebroadcast)

April 8, 2004

With tax season upon us, a former IRS employee offers an insider's account of one of this country's most powerful - and most feared - institutions. Author Richard Yancey spent 12 years working for the IRS. He reveals how the power of his...

Richard Yancey: "Confessions of a Tax Collector" (HarperCollins)

March 5, 2004

With tax season just around the corner, a former IRS employee offers an insider's account of one of this country's most powerful - and most feared - institutions. Author Richard Yancey spent 12 years working for the IRS. He reveals how...

Howard Gardner: "Making Good" (Harvard U. Press)

March 4, 2004

Young people in their first jobs have a lot of things to learn -- not only how to dress and how to format a memo, but also how to handle moral dilemmas when they arise. Howard Gardner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education talks about...

Social Security

March 2, 2004

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan made a stir with his recent suggestion to cut future Social Security benefits to keep the program solvent. A panel talks about the future of Social Security and how it might figure in the...

David Shipler: "The Working Poor" (Knopf)

February 26, 2004

You see them almost everywhere. They serve your coffee, clear your table, or clean your office. The working poor come from practically all walks of life. they are white, black, Latino and Asian. Author David Shipler examines the...

Roger Lowenstein: "Origins of the Crash" (The Penguin Press)

February 24, 2004

A best-selling author and columnist for "SmartMoney" magazine, the "New York Times Magazine," and the "Wall Street Journal" examines what led to the boom and bust years of the 1990s.

The Politics of Economic Forecasting

February 24, 2004

Diane and her guests talk about how President Bush and the contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are using employment projections and U.S. economic trends in their campaigns.

Federal Deficit

January 29, 2004

This year's federal budget deficit is projected to reach $477 billion. A panel talks about the new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office, why the debt is growing, and the debate over its significance.

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