In “Capital,” French economist Thomas Piketty explores how wealth and the income derived from it magnifies the problems of inequality. Gwen Ifill gets debate on his data and conclusions from Heather Boushey of Washington Center for Equitable Growth and Kevin Hassett of American Enterprise Institute.
The U.S. economy is going through its longest expansion in history but is it working for everyone’s benefit? That of course is the question on which the 2020 election will turn. Heather Boushey, CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, warns that wages are not rising as quickly as the economy. Boushey, one of Washington’s most influential voices on economic policy, joins Tanzina Vega to discuss.
A massive asteroid called 2020 DA4 recently hurtled past Earth at 20,000 mph. Scientists believe such objects could cause mid-air explosions above the Earth, causing potentially millions of casualties. Geological and anthropological theorist Randall Carlson, co-administrator of GeoCosmicRex.com joins Rick Sanchez to share his insights.
William Robert Catton, Jr. (born January 15, 1926) is an American sociologist best known for his scholarly work in environmental sociology and human ecology. His intellectual approach is broad and interdisciplinary. Catton’s repute extends beyond academic social science due primarily to his 1980 book, Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change. Earth at Risk is an annual conference in San Francisco that brings together some of the greatest thinkers and activists in the fields of social and environmental justice. For more information, visit www.earthatrisk.info.
Oct 31, 2018
Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben presented, “Art, Activism and the Chance for Change,” a lecture hosted by the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Princeton University Art Museum, on. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. His visit was timed with a major exhibition, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment.
Thousands are taking to the streets in London today to demand radical action to combat the climate crisis. Protesters with the group Extinction Rebellion have set up encampments and roadblocks across Central London and say they’ll stay in the streets for at least a week. It’s just the beginning of a series of global actions that will unfold in the coming days, as activists around the world raise the alarm about government inaction in the face of the growing climate catastrophe. The London protests come just days after schoolchildren around the globe left school again on Friday for the weekly “strike for climate” and as the push for the Green New Deal continues to build momentum in the United States. The deal—backed by Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey—seeks to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. We speak with climate activist and journalist Bill McKibben, who has been on the front lines of the fight to save the planet for decades. Thirty years ago, he wrote “The End of Nature,” the first book about climate change for a general audience. He’s just published a new book titled “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?”
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