Commonwealth Club of California Video

October 25th, 2012

As first presented on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in San Francisco.

Hedrick Smith: Obama & Romney Happy to Avoid Real Issues from Commonwealth Club on

Hedrick Smith now on YouTube

October 25th, 2012

See more recent videos like this interview at Colorado State on my new YouTube Channel:

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A Crucial Conversation

October 25th, 2012

NC Policy Watch and NC Justice Center Crucial Conversation, as presented in Raleigh, NC on October 23 at the Marbles Kids Museum.

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A Lecture at Tattered Cover Book Store

October 25th, 2012

As presented October 22, 2012 in Denver at the Tattered Cover Book Store.


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Nieman Reports, “A Gripping History…”

October 17th, 2012

A gripping history of the 40 years since wealth started falling up

By Dan Froomkin

“Who Stole the American Dream? The short answer….is: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wal-Mart. But the longer answer is one heck of a story, told by one of the great journalists of our time. In his sweeping, authoritative examination of the  last four decades of the American economic experience, Smith describes the long, relentless decline of the middle class – a decline that was not by accident, but by design. He dates it back to a private memo – in effect, a political call to arms – issued to the nation’s business leaders in 1971 by Lewis F. Powell, Jr., a corporate attorney soon to become a Supreme Court Justice….Smith’s extraordinary clarity in describing this sometimes obscured narrative arc evidently emerges form his sense of journalistic outrage. he sees a country splitting into two, divided by a vast wealth gap. He sees the social fabric of the nation tearing. He wants to make it better.”

See the entire review here, as first published in the Fall 2012 edition of Nieman Reports.

The Chicago Tribune, A Journalist’s Eye

October 17th, 2012

“Hedrick Smith book seeks roots of US economic inequality”

By Bernard Vaughan, of Reuters

“[Smith’s] account is informed by the lively eye and ear of a journalist, as when he details for example the cascading impact of the 95th Congress in 1978. That session is one he says many political analysts overlook despite being “one of the most pivotal in our modern political history.” Influenced by the rising power of big business lobbying, it was the 95th Congress, Smith says, that made seminal changes in the economy’s structure…”

See the entire review here, as first published on Friday, September 21, 2012

USA Today, A Sweeping Indictment

October 17th, 2012

By Steve Winberg, Special for USA Today

“Smith is no newcomer to writing sweeping indictments. His two books about Russia (he served as a New York Times correspondent there) explained a foreign land in mesmerizing detail to English-language readers. His book The Power Game: How Washington Works exposed machinations in the nation’s capital to a large audience. Who Stole the American Dream? includes damaging information from his earlier books, plus lots of new case studies and anecdotes. It is sweeping in scope…”

See the entire review here, as first published on October 14, 2012.

Face the Nation, with Bob Schieffer

October 4th, 2012

As first seen on CBS, Sunday September 30, 2012.

Jump ahead to  23:50 to see today’s panel discussion, as hosted by Bob Schieffer:

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PBS NewsHour, with Ray Suarez

October 4th, 2012

As first aired on October 1, 2012.

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Sheila Hamilton, on Portland’s KINK.FM

October 4th, 2012

Hedrick’s interview with Sheila Hamilton on Speaking Freely, as first aired on 101.9 KINK.FM.

See more from Speaking Freely here.