America's 'Great Divergence' Is Relatively New

Over the past thirty years, the growing divide between rich and poor has become an American crisis, Timothy Noah writes in his latest book.

The Great Divergence is part descriptive, laying out shifting economic trends, and part prescriptive, offering several solutions to help ease the crisis. Noah parses out the major arguments in this debate and provides historical and economic analysis of how and why income inequality is growing in the United States.

NPR's Neal Conan speaks with Noah about the causes and effects of the income divide, and what Noah proposes to fix it.

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