Race and Poverty and the House Ownership Gap: An Interview with Alanna McCargo

Race and Poverty and the House Ownership Gap: An Interview with Alanna McCargo

We had the pleasure of hosting Alanna McCargo, VP of Housing and Finance Policy at the Urban Institute to help us answer a listener question about wealth inequality, and Xander came across an incredible article with an important question: how does real estate impact the ongoing wealth gap between white Americans and Americans of color? And what drives the ongoing housing gap?

The answer is…. pretty darn complicated. Thanks as always to the Urban Institute for the really enlightening conversation and great questions. Alanna is awesome; this is definitely worth a listen!

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The Austrian take on the Boom & Bust Cycle

The Austrian take on the Boom & Bust Cycle

In the past few episodes we've talked about a number of different economic theories about the trade cycle and the Fed's role in it. Today the Austrians have their say. We interview L. Carlos Lara (CEO of United Services & Trust Corporation) and Professor Robert P. Murphy (of Texas Tech), fellow podcasters and experts on Austrian economics, to get the lowdown of the self-styled heterodox school of economics.

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Fundamentals of Monetary Policy with Dr. Marron

Fundamentals of Monetary Policy with Dr. Marron

In this episode, Dr. Donald Marron of the Urban Institute joins us to help bring a big chunk of economic expertise to the discussion we've been having about economics and particularly monetary policy this year. We even manage to get him to crack a few jokes with us about topics from butter to Bitcoin.

Dr. Marron served on the President's Council of Economic Advisers and was Director of the Congressional Budget Office. As you can guess from all this experience, he's particularly great at explaining economics to smart people who aren't economists. We had a ton of fun and know you will, too.

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Refugees and Rise of Anti-Immigrantism in Europe

Refugees and Rise of Anti-Immigrantism in Europe

"Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie,’ [or ‘sham’]... “ -- Angela Merkel, 2015

Just after enacting the "open door" migrant policy, Angela Merkel and all of Europe faced a political backlash, including rising nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment. Europe took in a fairly small number of Middle Eastern refugees. Why has it been so painful?

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