Richard Reeves says income equality isn’t without costs.

Solving Income Inequality Is a Zero-Sum Game

Solving Income Inequality Is a Zero-Sum Game

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 28 2017 5:41 PM

The Problem With America’s Rich

Is the top 20 percent of the country hogging opportunities that would otherwise go to the middle class?

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Listen to Episode 878 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Can you move toward greater income equality without asking America’s richest to give something up? In a word, no. On The Gist, Richard Reeves argues that the upper echelons of the U.S. are bogarting wealth that would otherwise go to the middle class. His latest book is Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It.  

And today, Mike pulls a Spiel from the archives: What President Trump means when he says everybody. Or anybody. Or nobody.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.