July 26 - Mitt Stumbles on the World Stage; Our Economic Policy Debate Is a Sham; Droughts and Fires, The New Norm in the American West

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We begin with the Olympic Games in London that open Friday and speak with Francis Wheen, the deputy editor of Britain’s satirical magazine “Private Eye” to get a sense of the unintended comedy of errors that has accompanied Mitt Romney’s arrival in London. Before meeting the British Prime Minister, Mitt managed to offend him, prompting a rebuke from David Cameron who, in a snide reference to Salt Lake City, snapped that putting on the Olympics in London is not the same as holding the Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere. francis wheen

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Then we speak with the economist Justin Wolfers, a visiting professor at Princeton and professor in the Business and Public Policy Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and co-editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. We discuss his article at Bloomberg “The U.S. Economic Policy Debate is a Sham”.

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Then finally, we speak with author and conservationist William Debuys, the author of “A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the American Southwest”. We discuss the lethal combination of heat, droughts, insect plagues, windstorms and forest fires that will become the new norm in the American West.

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