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September 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Smart, funny and articulate, Robert Reich is the university professor we all wish we'd had. He's so accessible and entertaining he takes a subject that sounds soporific and makes it come alive like you wouldn't believe in "Inequality for All. " That topic, as the title indicates, is the widening income gap in the United States between the hugely rich and the rest of us. Reich and documentary director Jacob Kornbluth turn out to be the ideal collaborators...
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November 14, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman makes his films his way, and the way he makes them is reflected in how we experience them. "At Berkeley" is Wiseman's 38th doc in 43 years, and each of them, as titles like "Public Housing" and "Boxing Gym" indicate, examines a different institution. "As in all my documentaries," Wiseman writes in "Director's Notes" for his new film, "I had no idea of the themes or structure until I was well advanced in the editing. " Similarly, audiences won't fully understand the themes of this long and thoughtful film until they've experienced it for themselves.
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December 17, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Robert Reich has worked in a lot of big white buildings -- in the Senate, as an intern to Robert F. Kennedy; in the office of then-Solicitor General Robert Bork; in the Ford and Carter administrations; and as labor secretary to President Clinton. Now the political economist works in another set of big white buildings, teaching at UC Berkeley, where his "Wealth and Poverty" class is as overbooked as a bargain flight to Paris, and where he dotes on his 3-year-old granddaughter, to whom he dedicated his latest book, "Aftershock": "To Ella Reich-Sharpe, and her generation.
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September 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Smart, funny and articulate, Robert Reich is the university professor we all wish we'd had. He's so accessible and entertaining he takes a subject that sounds soporific and makes it come alive like you wouldn't believe in "Inequality for All. " That topic, as the title indicates, is the widening income gap in the United States between the hugely rich and the rest of us. Reich and documentary director Jacob Kornbluth turn out to be the ideal collaborators...
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September 18, 2013
The average chief executive in America made 354 times as much as the average worker in 2012, according to the AFL-CIO. And the 400 richest Americans are worth more than the entire bottom half of the economy, Forbes recently reported. Former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich says that's not just a problem of fairness, it's a threat to the U.S. economy and to democracy. Join us at 10:30 a.m. Thursday as consumer columnist David Lazarus hosts a live chat with Reich about his new documentary, "Inequality for All," which looks at the situation and possible solutions.
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April 21, 1991 | Walter Russell Mead, Mead is the author of "The Low-Wage Challenge to Economic Growth," published earlier this month by the Economic Policy Institute, and of "Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in Transition" (Houghton Mifflin)
There are two kinds of people who think about economics. The most common and least interesting are called economists; these are the folks who regularly publish unreadable articles in obscure magazines, and who issue periodic forecasts, usually wrong, about what the economy is getting ready to do. The second, more interesting kind of economic thinkers are called "political economists."
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November 15, 1999 | Associated Press
Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Clinton and Al Gore, is endorsing the vice president's rival for the Democratic nomination, two senior party officials said Sunday night. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Reich was telling fellow Democrats that he would endorse former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley today in New Hampshire. Reich headed the Department of Labor during Clinton's first term.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Help Close Income Gap, Reich Urges Business: Labor Secretary Robert Reich is urging private business to help correct the widening income gap between rich and poor, saying the disparity threatens to "rip our society apart." Speaking to a meeting of the Financial Women's Assn. of New York, Reich said that since 1978 "almost all the increase in average family income . . . has gone to the top fifth" of the U.S. population.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
The workplace is changing as many companies, looking to increase productivity, ask employees for more while giving them less, according to a Los Angeles Times series. That's difficult for individuals at work - but it might also have a profound impact on the economy in the long-term. If workers feel that they have little job security and could be replaced at any time, they're unlikely to spend a lot of money on the big ticket items that fuel consumer spending and, thus, the GDP. With professional development opportunities disappearing, promotions are harder to come by, restricting access to the middle class.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman makes his films his way, and the way he makes them is reflected in how we experience them. "At Berkeley" is Wiseman's 38th doc in 43 years, and each of them, as titles like "Public Housing" and "Boxing Gym" indicate, examines a different institution. "As in all my documentaries," Wiseman writes in "Director's Notes" for his new film, "I had no idea of the themes or structure until I was well advanced in the editing. " Similarly, audiences won't fully understand the themes of this long and thoughtful film until they've experienced it for themselves.
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September 19, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
Today's front page of the L.A. Times brought sobering economic news: Boeing's shutting its Long Beach C-17 plant, and up to 3,000 people will lose their jobs. Unemployment in L.A. County still stands at 9.9%. The Federal Reserve says it is downgrading its forecast for U.S. economic growth to 2% to 2.3% this year, off from the 2.3% to 2.6% it had predicted in June. Why is the recovery so anemic, more than four years after the Great Recession? Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich believes it has quite a bit to do with income inequality in America.
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September 19, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, who served in the Clinton administration, warned during an interview of the perils of widening income inequality in the United States, excessive executive compensation and the future of labor. Reich is promoting his new documentary, "Inequality for All," which looks at the income gap and possible solutions. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and won a special jury prize in the documentary competition for director Jacob Kornbluth.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
The workplace is changing as many companies, looking to increase productivity, ask employees for more while giving them less, according to a Los Angeles Times series. That's difficult for individuals at work - but it might also have a profound impact on the economy in the long-term. If workers feel that they have little job security and could be replaced at any time, they're unlikely to spend a lot of money on the big ticket items that fuel consumer spending and, thus, the GDP. With professional development opportunities disappearing, promotions are harder to come by, restricting access to the middle class.
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September 4, 2012 | Ed Stockly
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OPINION
December 17, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Robert Reich has worked in a lot of big white buildings -- in the Senate, as an intern to Robert F. Kennedy; in the office of then-Solicitor General Robert Bork; in the Ford and Carter administrations; and as labor secretary to President Clinton. Now the political economist works in another set of big white buildings, teaching at UC Berkeley, where his "Wealth and Poverty" class is as overbooked as a bargain flight to Paris, and where he dotes on his 3-year-old granddaughter, to whom he dedicated his latest book, "Aftershock": "To Ella Reich-Sharpe, and her generation.
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August 10, 2011 | James Rainey
You knew it would be a rough week for President Obama when one of the sharpest attacks began, not in the familiar precincts on the right, but in the New York Times' Sunday Review section, where an extra-long cover piece bemoaned the president's lack of leadership, fire and philosophical core. Psychologist and Democratic advisor Drew Westen railed about our economic crisis and how Obama allegedly has tried to appease his way to a solution. The 3,000-word essay depicted the president as a rudderless politician who "seems … compelled to take both sides of every issue.
NEWS
August 11, 2007 | MEGHAN DAUM
When letters written to a friend by a college-aged Hillary Rodham resurfaced in the news a few weeks ago, her mention of a certain "Dartmouth boy" with whom she spent an evening in 1966 piqued notable interest. But last week, the New York Times reported that the mystery date was none other than Robert Reich, former secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1996 | FRANK SWOBODA, WASHINGTON POST
Call them Robert's Rules--the five things you need to know to find and hold a job. With an estimated 3.2 million high school and college students having graduated in the last few months, Labor Secretary Robert Reich has issued five basic rules for new graduates to help them find work and keep up with the workplace of the future. They are: * Born to be wired. Whether you work in an office or manage the crew that cleans it, you've got to be computer-literate.
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March 6, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Reich, who was Labor secretary under President Clinton, is a nationally known economist and political commentator. Much of his work focuses on America's rising income inequality. Reich's belief that too much of the nation's wealth is going to the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor has made him a bestselling author while inflaming his critics. Reich, 64, now teaches public policy at UC Berkeley. Not short on ambition: Reich grew up in South Salem, N.Y., near the working-class town of Peekskill, where his father owned a women's clothing store.
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