MinnPost’s Dave Beal reviews the Dream

March 26th, 2014

As published by MinnPost on March 25, 2014:

Hedrick Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for his stories about Russia in the early 1970s, when he was the Moscow bureau chief for the New York Times. After he returned to the U.S., he described his many encounters with ordinary Russians in their homes, at restaurants and factories and on trains, in “The Russians.” His book was translated into 16 languages.

Now Smith has turned the tables. “I’m covering America as a foreign correspondent would cover it,” he said, discussing his latest book in a telephone interview. “I could have called it ‘The Americans.’ ”

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Hedrick Speaks at the Pearl in Portsmouth, NH

February 17th, 2014

“Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Dream Today”

Hedrick Smith covered Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement of the 1960s at racial hotpots lsuch as Birmingham and Albany, Ga., and at the March on Washington. In this lecture, he tells personal recollections of Dr. King and relates the lessons of the civil righrts movement and other grass roots movements of the 1960s and ’70s, to America’s current problems of gaping income inequalities and a polarized political system beholden to wealthy special interests.

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As given upon the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, 2014

Hedrick Speaks at The Pearl in Portsmouth, NH

February 17th, 2014

“Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Dream Today”

As given upon the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, 2014

A Crash Course in Growth Economics

February 17th, 2014

First published by Reuters on February 6, 2014

By Hedrick Smith

Congressional Republicans like to talk about creating jobs and growing the economy. With the government shutdown and rigid spending cuts, however, Congress created a fiscal drag that cost the economy a full percentage point of economic growth in 2013.

Now, Congressional Republicans are again digging in their heels against measures that would ramp up the economy and generate jobs. It’s time for Congress to take a refresher course in growth economics — the economic forces and programs that power U.S. growth.

As President Barack Obama barnstorms the country, he should be making the argument that it is not only fair, but smart growth economics to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment benefits and reduce income inequality. These steps will help accelerate economic recovery this year above its anemic 1.9 percent growth rate in 2013.

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The Boeing Vote and the Dream

January 9th, 2014

As heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, January 9, 2013


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Boeing’s Hollow Victory

January 8th, 2014

As first publish by the Los Angeles Times on January 7, 2014.

By Hedrick Smith

The narrowly approved contract agreement between Boeing and its Washington state workforce will be hailed by some as a victory for the canny, hardball brinkmanship of Boeing’s management and the knuckle-under economic pragmatism of the International Machinists Union.

But the steep cutbacks in retirement and health benefits that tens of thousands of Boeing workers were forced to swallow have far larger implications for middle-class America.

Boeing’s stingy treatment of its highly skilled workforce offers a vivid example of how America’s new economy has created gaping economic inequalities and steadily squeezed the economic life out of the U.S. middle class over the last three decades, even as corporate profits and CEO pay have skyrocketed.

Boeing’s case epitomizes that sharp economic divide. For just as the company was wringing concessions from its workers, its board of directors approved a 50% increase in the company’s stock dividend and a $10-billion stock buyback that will richly reward investors and executives who get paid in Boeing shares.

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2013 – A Year in Review

January 6th, 2014

As first broadcast by C-SPAN on December 31, 2013

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Hedrick Speaks at UNL Forum

January 6th, 2014

As given November 6, 2013

Learn more about the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues, and Hedrick’s speech here.

A National Affairs Committee Panel

November 6th, 2013

As hosted by the National Affairs Committee and Fairfax County Democratic Committee on October 17, 2013

Hedrick Speaks at Harvard

October 15th, 2013

As presented on October 11, 2013:

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