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  In Perspective: Jon Meacham on America’s regulatory history

Jon Meacham examines the effect that programs initiated by Nixon, FDR and LBJ continue to have on Americans, despite unawareness of the role government plays in our everyday lives.


  Are we slaves to debt? David Graeber on the history of spending more than we have

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.


  Are public employee unions to blame for states’ budget woes?

Governors from across the country say that public union workers’ salaries and benefits are wreaking havoc with their state budgets. But are state workers really to blame for the economic plight of states?


In Alaska, a promise unkept?

Has a program intended by Congress to help native Alaskans delivered on its promise? In cooperation with the Washington Post, Need to Know examines whether a plan to promote the welfare of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised has instead enriched non-native executives and shortchanged taxpayers.


  On government: A Jon Meacham essay

Washington is once again debating the efficacy of regulation and the role of the state. But as history tells us, America does best when the private sector is energetic and entrepreneurial, and the government is attentive and engaged.


  Hope and sacrifice

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers how past presidents have inspired national sacrifice — and what’s needed to revive hope for the present.

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