Who Stole the American Dream? Interview with Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter Hedrick Smith12/11/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Today weâ€™ll talk about the decline of the middle class in the USâ€”with former New York Times reporter Hedrick Smith.
But first- three listener comments about yesterdayâ€™s call-in shows. One comment is about yesterday morningâ€™s interview with former health insurance executive Wendell Potter, another is about the fiscal cliff and another is about the last caller to yesterdayâ€™s Last Call program. Hereâ€™s what three listeners had to say:
A strong middle class is a basis for a stable democracyâ€”Aristotle said that the best political community is formed when the middle class is larger than any other class. Our next guest writes that in the past three decadesâ€”Americaâ€™s middle class has shrunk- due to deliberate policiesâ€”pushed by a revitalized business lobby in Washington. Our guest is Hedrick Smith â€“ who shared a Pulitzer prize for reporting on the Pentagon Papers. He was for many years the New York Times Washington DC bureau chief. Heâ€™s written a new book called Who Stole the American Dream and he came by WMNF for an interview yesterday.