#4 David Cay Johnston: The Great Divide

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In his new book, Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality, journalist David Cay Johnston assembles an impressive group of thinkers, writers, and (political) leaders who understand the possibilities — and the limits — of capitalism. Adam Smith, Paul Krugman, and Joseph Stiglitz… Mike Rose, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Robert Kuttner… Studs Terkel, Elizabeth Warren, President Barack Obama, and many others describe the societal risks of letting the gap between the haves and the have nots become too wide.

From David’s introduction:

“Inequality is about much more than just incomes or wealth…. Inequality is also about access and opportunity, which are much harder to measure. Education, health care, and exposure to environmental hazards all shape society, affecting who gets a shot at success and who gets success handed to them; who can overcome obstacles and who has those obstacles cleared away for them.

The single most important point of Divided is: keep in mind who benefits and who does not. It’s our choice. We decide. And we are free to make choices that will strengthen our society so that America, and the liberties of the people, will endure.”

Amen to that.

Show notes

David-Cay-Johnston-sqDavid Cay Johnston is currently a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University’s Law School. Prior to that, he was a reporter at The New York Times, where he won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories that exposed loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code. From 2012 to 2014, David was president of Investigative Reporters & Editors. David is also a contributing editor at Newsweek, a columnist for Al Jazeera America, and a frequent guest on MSNBC, PBS, CNN, Fox, and NPR. And with his appearance here at Entrepreneur Explosion, David has finally reached the very top of the media food chain. Congratulations, David! (And thanks for doing this interview.)

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#3 Barbara Held: Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching

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When I first requested an interview with Barbara Held — a professor of psychology at Bowdoin College — she turned me down. But then we talked… each of us kvetched a little… and soon we had agreed on a format for our Q&A. And to be honest, I think her initial concerns were spot on, which clearly demonstrates the power of creative kvetching. Details, and lots more, this episode.

 

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Dr. Barbara Held is the Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies at Bowdoin College. As a teacher, she focuses on personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy; as a researcher, she studies the conceptual underpinnings of movements in psychology, especially the postmodernist and positive psychology movements. In 2012, she received the Joseph B Gittler Award, which is presented by the American Psychological Foundation in recognition of the most scholarly contribution to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge. Dr Held’s books include Back To Reality: A Critique of Postmodern Theory in Psychotherapy. In 2007, she published Psychology’s Interpretive Turn: The Search for Truth and Agency in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. But the book for which she is probably best known is Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining, in which she challenges what she calls the “tyranny of the positive attitude in America.” The book led to worldwide media attention, including features in The New York Times and People magazine, as well as appearances  on the Today show, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, and the BBC and the CBC. Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching also helped establish Dr. Held as a leading critic of the positive psychology movement, which is one reason I’m so excited to have her on this show.

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