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23 August 2014

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The Glenn Show

Glenn Loury invites guests from the worlds of academia, journalism and public affairs to share insights on economic, political and social issues.

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Jun 29, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Harold Pollack
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On The Glenn Show, Glenn talks to Harold about politics domestic and international. They start out by analyzing violent crime in Chicago’s South Side. Harold explains inner-city violence with game theory. Then, they turn to international affairs: Does Pope Francis have moral authority in the Middle East? Will the Holocaust ever become politically irrelevant? Finally, Harold gives up on presidential politics, and Glenn argues that, on international affairs, Obama is worse than Nixon.
Jun 8, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Larry Kotlikoff
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On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Larry argue about superstar economist Thomas Piketty. Larry contends that the best-selling Capital in the Twenty-First Century is sensationalistic and wrong. If Piketty’s a “fraud,” why do Krugman, Summers, Solow, and other eminent economists like his book? Finally, Glenn urges economists to read history.
May 31, 2014 — Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
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On The Glenn Show, Glenn and John react to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s article reviving the case for reparations. John says that Coates won’t persuade Americans. John and Glenn worry that political correctness stands in the way of candid facts. How well does America understand its racist history? What’s the point of reflecting on atrocities? Finally, Glenn offers his own critique of the case for reparations.
May 26, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Andrew Weiss
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On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Andy discuss why good intentions are not enough when politicians are trying to help the poor. They consider the downsides of raising the minimum wage, which Andy likens to a “secret sales tax” on the working poor. Glenn plays devil’s advocate and brings up Australia, which has a minimum wage twice that of the US. Is there a better way to help the long-term jobless than the current unemployment insurance system? Andy recounts how his experience as an employer made him much more sympathetic to anti-regulatory arguments. Finally, are there Democrats who are willing to hear from someone like Andy?
May 18, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Ann Althouse
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On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Ann discuss the firing of New York Times editor Jill Abramson and the gender pay gap. They consider a Straussian explanation for political correctness. They next revisit the Clarence Thomas–Anita Hill story, about which Abramson wrote a book. Are women and African-Americans held to a different standard than white men in the workplace? Plus: What role will gendered expectations play if Hillary Clinton becomes president?
May 7, 2014 — Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
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On The Glenn Show, Glenn and John consider what Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling reveal about how America talks about race. Did their comments merely spark “useless outrage“? Glenn wishes that black leaders would embrace a larger class-based or international perspective, and longs for a modern revival of Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. Next, they look back on John’s 2008 prediction that Obama’s presidency would improve race relations in America. What will the racial fallout be if Obama is viewed by history as a mediocre president?
Apr 26, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Larry Kotlikoff
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On The Glenn Show, Larry explains his grave concerns about Social Security, which he calls a “bipartisan Ponzi scheme.” They dig deeper into Larry’s “astounding” numbers, and Glenn wonders why Paul Krugman isn’t on board. Larry sketches a progressive, fully-funded alternative to Social Security, but Glenn thinks it’s never going to happen.
Mar 31, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Harold Pollack
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On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Harold discuss Paul Krugman’s criticism of Paul Ryan’s comments on inner-city poverty. Why are welfare recipients, as opposed to Medicare and Social Security beneficiaries or bailed-out banks, characterized as “takers”? Is there such a thing as a culture of poverty? Would Ryan’s comments have been better received coming from a black congressman? They address Ta-Nehisi Coates‘s thoughts on the interplay of race, culture, and poverty. Glenn asks why poor immigrants are often able to advance more quickly than native-born African-Americans.