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Glenn Loury (Brown University) and Joshua Cohen (Boston Review, Stanford University)

Glenn and Joshua talk about President Obama’s new immigration policy, and Joshua suggests that the real political opportunists are the opponents of the mini-DREAM Act. Glenn reports on anti-Obama sentiment on Wall Street, and says the president should borrow a page from Nixon’s playbook. Josh and Glenn agree that Obama missed an opportunity for progressive political mobilization after the financial crisis. Josh describes his work fostering social development in Nairobi, Kenya and wonders why similar work isn’t much done in the US. Glenn hypothesizes about why it’s so hard to solve problems close to home.

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Recorded:Jun 17    Posted:Jun 24, 2012
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The Glenn Show | Jun 24, 2012 | Glenn Loury & Joshua Cohen

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