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Listen Longer 4/18: Income Inequality

April 20, 2015  • Aspen Institute Staff

This past week on Aspen Institute Radio we focused on the politics of economic disparity: a look at how cities can fight against income inequality, and a discussion about the hard truths of dealing with the earnings gap.

Aspen Institute Radio, our two-hour radio show, airs every Saturday and Sunday on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121). Each episode dives into the topics that inform the world around us. Here in our weekly Listen Longer posts, we recap each episode and show where you can read, watch, and listen to more. Don’t have SiriusXM? Try it free for a month here.

Robert Reich on the Politics and Economics of Inequality

When does income and wealth inequality pose a threat to the economy, equal opportunity, and democracy as we know it? At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich addressed these questions and more, and explained what we can expect in future years. 

Interested in hearing more from Reich? Read our recap of his discussion of the US economy following a screening of his documentary “Inequality for All.”

The Hard Truths about Income Inequality

Just how big is the US income inequality problem? MSNBC Economic Analyst Steven Rattner discusses the magnitude of this issue, shares global comparisons, and explains some of the causes and solutions to closing the inequality gap.

How Cities Can Fight Income Inequality

CityLab brings together 300 global city leaders — mayors, plus urban theorists, city planners, scholars, architects, and artists — for a series of conversations about urban ideas that are shaping the world’s metro centers. In the session above, panelists explore ways cities can tackle income inequality.

Watch the video above to hear from Alan Berube, senior fellow and deputy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution; Bill Peduto, mayor of the city of Pittsburgh; and Blair Taylor, chief community officer of Starbucks.

Arts, Inequality, and the Truly Rich Society

What is the role of art in improving, enriching, and enhancing community, especially in places burdened with poverty? And how can art and culture challenge us, in a time of deep inequality, to make a truly rich society? We hear from three Aspen Institute program directors well-versed in how arts and culture intersect different aspects of society:

Check out our YouTube playlist for more conversations on income inequality.