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Trust In America: Recovering What's Lost

A recent poll showed barely 10 percent of the public trusts our government. But trust in public institutions like corporations, banks, courts, the media and universities is at an all-time low. Can our trust in government and those institutions that serve us be regained?

The Week In News: The Rich Got Richer

The Congressional Budget Office released a study this week that revealed a huge shift in the nation's wealth distribution. The top 1 percent of the country's earners more than doubled their take of the nation's wealth in just 30 years. James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic, joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to discuss that story and others from the past week.

Week In Politics: Executive Orders; Income Inequality

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.

Political Chat: Flat Tax, GOP Debates, Jobs Bill

Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about how the Democratic and Republican parties are framing political debate on the economy, and how that's playing out in the presidential campaign.

Obama's Iraq Announcement And The GOP Race

As President Obama focuses this week on housing and jobs, Republican White House hopefuls are keeping up a drumbeat of criticism over his announcement last week that all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of this year. In debates and on the stump, the GOP candidates are attacking each other but also maintaining a steady anti-Obama refrain.