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Mark Schmitt (New America) and Edward Luce (Financial Times)

On Fireside Chats, Mark interviews Edward Luce about his new book on American decline, Time to Start Thinking. Edward argues that highly unequal societies are also economically less efficient. Have Republicans gamed America’s paralyzed political system? What can the US learn about education from Germany? Edward also dishes on his old boss Larry Summers, and recalls his wine-soaked lunch with Charles Murray.

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Recorded:Dec 31    Posted:Apr 15, 2012
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Fireside Chats | Apr 15, 2012 | Mark Schmitt & Edward Luce

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