Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, discusses the future of American prosperity and her new book, Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream. Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of jobs that have formed the backbone of our economy for more than a century; our education system is in shambles, making it harder for tomorrow’s workforce to acquire the information and training it needs to land good twenty-first century jobs; our infrastructure—our roads, our bridges, our sewage and water, our transportation and electrical systems—is crumbling; our economic system has been reduced to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; our political system is broken, in thrall to a small financial elite using the power of the checkbook to control both parties. And America’s middle class, the driver of so much of our economic success and political stability, is rapidly disappearing, forcing us to confront the fear that we are slipping as a nation—that our children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living than we did.
BIO: Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington is the cofounder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and the author of twelve books. She is also cohost of Left, Right & Center, public radio’s popular political roundtable program, and has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
BIO: Christopher Lydon
Christopher Lydon is an American media personality and author. He is best known for being the original host of The Connection, produced by WBUR and syndicated to other NPR stations.