The debate over what to do about debt is nothing new, according to anthropologist David Graeber. Alison Stewart talks with Graeber about our misconceptions about debt and why it plays such a large role in history.
Pulling out of Afghanistan will save the U.S. government money, but it could have a host of negative economic effects, both there and at home, writes Joshua Foust.
In this new economic era, do we trust markets or government regulators? Anatole Kaletsky, author of “Capitalism 4.0,” says we need both.
The bipartisan federal commission created by Congress to get to the roots of the 2008 financial crisis issued its final report this week. Stacy-Marie Ishmael, an editor with the Financial Times, and Joe Nocera, a business columnist for the New York Times, speak with Alison Stewart about why it was so hard for the commission to determine who was to blame.
A wife and husband in Portland, Ore., who have lost their business are forced to sell off their possessions just to avoid losing their home.
As part of Need to Know’s hour-long focus on jobs, editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner wonders why some corporations are raking in big profits, even as the unemployment crisis grips the country and puts people out of work.