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The Wealth Gap Examined: "The Divide"

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Matt Taibbi is not the first person to notice that very few people (can you name even one?) were punished for causing the financial crash of a few years ago. 

But Taibbi, longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, also notices that our prison population is way up, crime is way down, and poverty is increasing. 

And the way he looks at the facts and figures, it's all related: the rich get richer, the poor get punished. Taibbi puts the picture together in his book The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. 

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.