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"Social status is more strongly inherited even than height," writes economic historian Gregory Clark. Clark examined centuries of data on prosperity across families and found that social mobility is at best slow, even in the United States. We'll talk with Clark about his findings, hear why he thinks the American Dream doesn't exist and get his thoughts on promoting equality.
Last year, a New York Times Magazine cover story asked whether America's "libertarian moment" had finally arrived. The answer is yes, according to Cato Institute scholar David Boaz, author of "The Libertarian Mind." Despite the fact that only 2 to 4 percent of Americans identify as Libertarian, Boaz believes that far more embrace the movement's ideals, such as limited government and personal freedom. We'll talk with Boaz about Rand Paul's presidential candidacy, Silicon Valley's Libertarian streak and more.
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Cancer afflicts 1.7 million Americans each year and kills 600,000 of them. A new PBS documentary, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," explores the history of the disease and the ongoing attempts to treat it. We'll speak with the director of the film and with researchers at the frontier of new treatments.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the longest-serving independent in American congressional history. He's made a name for himself by criticizing corporate excess and pushing for more transparency in campaign finances - he once delivered a filibuster against the extension of Bush-era tax cuts for more than eight hours. He joins us to talk about economic justice, his boycott of the recent Netanyahu speech and his thoughts about running for president in 2016.