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Episode 829: Rigging The Economy

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Economic inequality is complicated and emotional. Conservatives have one set of solutions. Liberals have another. Some groups don't think inequality is such a bad thing. Conversations about it often turn into partisan fights.

But today on the show, we follow two thinkers—from opposite sides of the political spectrum—who have joined forces to find out what's causing inequality. They are Brink Lindsey and Steven M. Teles, and they are the authors of a new book called The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality.

They come up with an answer they can both agree on: The economy is rigged. And they think they know how it's being rigged, and who's rigging it.

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Noel King is a host of Morning Edition and Up First.
Robert Smith is a host for NPR's Planet Money where he tells stories about how the global economy is affecting our lives.