The United States of Cory Booker

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Season 5, Episode 23

This week on Freakonomics Radio: Junior U.S. Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker thinks bipartisanship is right around the corner. Is he just an idealistic newbie or does he see a way forward that everyone else has missed?

Then, as sexy as the digital revolution may be, it can’t compare to the Second Industrial  Revolution (electricity! the gas engine! antibiotics!), which created the biggest standard-of-living boost in U.S. history.  The only problem, argues the economist Robert Gordon, is that the Second Industrial Revolution was a one-time event.

To learn more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “The United State of Cory Booker” and “Yes, the American Economy Is in a Funk — But Not for the Reasons You Think.”

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