The End Of American Affluence

Join Ray Suarez and his guests for a look at changing perceptions of the American economy. The same set of economic figures can be interpreted many ways: on the one hand, statistics tell us that wage growth is flat and the standard of living is declining. At the same time, other analysts tell us that economically, things are just fine, and Americans' unease about the economy is based on their inflated expectations of what they want from the government and the market. We'll talk with two experts with different opinions on the state of the economy on the next Talk of the Nation. Guests: Robert J. Samuelson Syndicated National Columnist Newsweek Washington Post Author The Good Life and Its Discontents: The American Dream in the Age Entitlement 1945-1995 (Times Books, 1996) Washington, D.C. Jeffrey Madrick Author The End of Affluence: The Causes and Consequences of America's Economic Dilemma (Random House, 1996) Former Economics Reporter, 1985-1993 NBC News Listeners call in Please drop us a line with any problems, suggestions or praise. Better yet, fill out our user survey, and help us keep improving RealAudio. Copyright



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