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The Selling Out of the Middle Class is No Accident: Interview transcript part 1, with Donald Bartlett and James Steele

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INTERVIEW with: Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele are the nation's most honored investigative reporting team, and authors of the New York Times bestseller America: What Went Wrong ?

This is part one of a two part interview 

thanks to Don Caldarazzo for help with transcript checking. 

The audio for this podcast is here.

speaker 1 Rob Kall, Interviewer

Speaker 2/ Donald L. Barlett, Interviewee

Speaker 3/ James B. Steele,  Interviewee

Rob Kall:  My guests tonight are Donald Barlett. And James Steele.

They're the authors of "Betrayal of the American Dream", a new book that is just... really kicks butt. Donald Barlett and James Steele are the nation's most honored investigative reporting team, and they're authors of the New York Times bestseller "America: What Went Wrong?"  They've worked together for more than forty years, first at the Philadelphia Inquirer (1971--1997), then at Time magazine (1997--2006), and now Vanity Fair.

Welcome to the show!

James Steele:   Great to be with you, Rob.

Donald Barlett: Good to be with you.

Rob Kall:    So because there are two of you, maybe you can identify who's speaking first. Just say your first name. Okay? [James agreeing in background]

Okay so I'd like to.. in your book you talk about how in your previous book America: What Went Wrong?, you were accused of being alarmists, and that  you actually under-describe what was going to happen and how bad things were going to be. Now, you're describing that, with this devastation of the American Dream and the middle class, there could be a hundred million casualties.

So I think I'd like to start by just getting in depth some definitions of wealth and the middle class, so we can get some baselines.

Donald Barlett: Well, you know everybody has their own definition, but you got to just work within some numbers.

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Rob Kall is editor-in-chief, publisher and site architect of OpEdNews.com, President of Futurehealth, Inc, and an inventor. He hosts the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, aired in the Metro Philly area on AM 1360, WNJC. Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

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Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.

See more Rob Kall articles here and, older ones, here. To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..  and here's an article on the Storycon Summit Meeting he founded and organized for eight years. Press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: Party's Left Pushes for a Seat at the Table

Here is a one hour radio interview where Rob was a guest- on Envision This, and here is the transcript. 

To watch Rob having a lively conversation with John Conyers, then Chair of the House Judiciary committee, click hereWatch Rob speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.

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 The vast majority of people are not middle c... by Carol Jackson on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 12:52:56 PM
The guests were OK as far as they go, but it seems... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 12:59:39 PM
The demise of the middle class a.k.a. working clas... by Donald Forbes on Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 2:08:44 PM
This is very informative, but it still does not di... by Ralph Dratman on Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 4:25:50 PM
Donald Barlett states that the "bulk" of the U.S. ... by E. J. N. on Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 2:41:24 PM
Exactly how bad does a democratic presidential ca... by Deborah Dills on Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 at 1:37:09 AM