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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Wealth

May 30, 2014 — While economists debate the accuracy of the book's data, Thomas Piketty's Capital In The Twenty-First Century holds on to its No. 1 spot.
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May 27, 2014 — Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century evokes another famous tome with "capital" in its title, and makes comparisons inevitable.
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May 3, 2012 — New college graduates face a sluggish economy, bleak job prospects and mountains of student loan debt. To make matters worse, many are clueless about managing their personal finances. Zac Bissonnette, author of How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents, shares his tips.
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Apr 26, 2012 — Over the past 30 years, the growing divide between rich and poor has become an American crisis, Timothy Noah writes in his latest book. The Great Divergence is part descriptive, laying out shifting economic trends, and part prescriptive, offering several solutions to help ease the crisis.
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Nov 16, 2011 — "The rich are not only getting richer — they are becoming more dangerous." That's according to Wall Street Journal writer Robert Frank, whose new book, The High-Beta Rich, shows how the spending of the top 1 percent has become "the most unstable force in the economy."
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Feb 22, 2010 — A book by the chairman of HSBC proposes a "new capitalism" that brings good business and good ethics together. In an NPR interview, Green, who is also an ordained priest in the Church of England, says moral and spiritual values should take precedence over immediate profit for the world's major banks.
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Jun 5, 2007 — Author Robert Frank discusses his book, Richistan, in which he argues that a new class of wealthy individuals are spending differently than traditional blue-blood millionaires. He describes life in an insulated world of wealth he calls Richistan, where everything is bigger, and conspicuous consumption is the goal.
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May 25, 2006 — Farai Chideya talks to Rose Brewer, co-author of the book The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide. The book examines how government policies have affected wealth building in minority communities. Brewer is a professor of women's studies at the University of Minnesota.
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