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Willie Nelson: A Long Story From Franklin Roosevelt To Donald Trump

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In part one of a two-part conversation at his home in Hawaii, American musician Willie Nelson tells KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence" that his upbringing d...

The Pending Russia/U.S. Reset: Birth of a New Business Model?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.20.2017 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Certain guiding principles have proven instrumental in shaping our views of the world. Among them, for many Americans and Russians, is the belief that...

Why The Years of Slow Growth?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business
Harlan Green

Pundits have decried it. Donald Trump has criticized the 'lousy' U.S. economy in many of his Tweets, and economists have lamented the 2.4 percent GDP...

The Presidential Paradox: Winning In 2016 Means Losing In 2020

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Whichever party wins the White House in 2016 could find itself unable to make good on its vision and promises, reaping a whirlwind of difficulties instead.

How To Make America A Great Depression Again

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

In tonight's debate and throughout the remainder of the campaign, Hillary Clinton should take direct aim at the economic plan Donald Trump announced in a recent speech at the Economic Club of New York.

Donald Trump, Critical Elections, and Public Opinion Polling

Kirby Goidel | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

In 1991, John Geer, now the Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Affairs at Vanderbilt University published an interesting addition to the partisan...

The Political Theater Of Donald Trump

Sherman Yellen | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Having lived my eight decades -- and proud of it -- I am able to say that this is not the worst time in our history or in my lifetime. Race riots and lynchings were rampant during my early years -- segregation and injustice abounded, but there was a sense that for all the unspeakable cruelties we were going forward -- that the country was better than the crimes that a few committed.

What Happened to Our Economy?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.07.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

The major debate during this campaign season seems to be over the economy. Who has it benefited and who was left behind? Sanders says we aren't spending enough to create more jobs, and Trump wants to build walls to keep any more jobs from leaving the U.S.

Changing New York | An Exceptional Record of New York History

Auctionata | Posted 04.18.2016 | Arts
Auctionata

During the 1930s renowned photographer Berenice Abbott embarked on a five year documentation of the gritty streets of Depression Era New York City. Inspired by Eugene Atget's photo documentary series of Paris, Abbott sought to document the ever transforming streets of New York to serve as a record of the history of America.

Trumpismo! and American Fascism

Steven Conn | Posted 03.20.2017 | Politics
Steven Conn

Serious people are now using the "f word" - fascist - to describe the Donald Trump phenomenon.

Financial Reform Is Working

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 03.08.2017 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

The critics of the financial reform Dodd-Frank Act are fond of saying that it doesn't work -- some going so far as to say that the financial system is just as much at risk as it was in 2008, if not even more so.

Socialism, American Style

Steve Skrovan | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
Steve Skrovan

The next time an American voter asks Bernie Sanders what he means by "socialism," this is what I would whisper in his ear...

How the Sharing Economy Screws American Workers

Steven Hill | Posted 01.20.2017 | Home
Steven Hill

A new and alarming mash-up of Silicon Valley technology and Wall Street greed is thrusting upon us the latest economic fad: the so-called "sharing economy." In reality, workers at companies like Uber and Airbnb have little choice but to hire themselves out for ever-smaller jobs and wages, with no safety net, while the companies profit.

Why Has it Taken so Long To Grow This Economy?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.12.2017 | Business
Harlan Green

Nobelist Joseph Stiglitz has been loudest among economists in decrying the lack of concern over such a poor recovery from the Great Recession. (Lest we forget is in terms of GDP growth even worse than the Great Depression.)

Picturing Rural Iowa: The Photographs of Pete Wettach

Aaron Lurth | Posted 01.07.2017 | Arts
Aaron Lurth

It's the summer of 1936. America is facing one of the most economically devastating periods in its history. A mere seven years earlier, the stock mark...

Why the Great Malaise of the World Economy Continues in 2016

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Posted 01.03.2017 | Home
Joseph E. Stiglitz

The only cure for the world's malaise is an increase in aggregate demand. Far-reaching redistribution of income would help, as would deep reform of our financial system -- not just to prevent it from imposing harm on the rest of us, but also to get banks and other financial institutions to do what they are supposed to do: match long-term savings to long-term investment needs.

Our Deflationary Times!

Harlan Green | Posted 12.30.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

The answer in the New Year to the inflation conundrum may be at hand, the conundrum that has kept the Fed pushing down interest rates since the Great Recession and recovery.

For Bernie Sanders: A Practical Plan for Free College Education That Can Work Now!

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.24.2016 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Looking at the big picture, in the twenty-first century education may be as vital to national defense as military defense. If that is the case, then free college education should not be a question but an answer. The only real question is: do we have the courage and will to implement it? If we do, it's possible now.

The Lessons of Repealing Glass Steagall

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 11.11.2016 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

Protecting the American people from another devastating financial crash and the economic wreckage it causes begins with reflecting honestly about the past and trying to learn the right lessons.

An End to Austerity -- Part II

Harlan Green | Posted 11.11.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Are we one step closer to a Congress that sees the need to boost spending in order to boost jobs and economic output for years to come, as we asked in our last column? It could mean the U.S. Congress has finally seen the folly of austerity policies that shrink growth, as has happened in Europe. Or, it could be because of a so-called "emergency."

What Are Economic Lessons From 'The Martian'?

Harlan Green | Posted 11.05.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

What can we learn from The Martian, a best-selling novel and movie starring Matt Damon as an Astronaut in the not too distant future thought dead and left behind on Mars during a violent dust storm?

Senator Ted Cruz Really Wants to Return to the Gold Standard... Has He Heard of the Great Depression?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Radical conservatives, such as Cruz, and libertarians believe gold to be a hedge against inflation. It is curious to be concerned about inflation at a time when it is at historic lows and short-term interests rates are at zero, making borrowing money just about free.

Government Made Our Middle Class

Harlan Green | Posted 10.26.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Why do we seem to be the only developed country that is unable to sustain a healthy middle class, with all the benefits to economic growth that is passed on to every segment of society?

Middle-Class Joe Expresses Middle-Class Angst

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.26.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision last week not to run for president, he talked about dreams denied, possibilities foreclosed. He wasn't speaking of his own aspirations, though.

What the Great Depression Can Teach Us About Marketing

Debra Carpenter | Posted 09.10.2016 | Business
Debra Carpenter

Even in times of hardship, companies can brace themselves for impact and continue to offer excellence to their customers. Marketing strategies and techniques have grown and changed since the Great Depression, but these key elements are still spot-on tips for any marketing campaign.