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This edition: America's Political Breakdown

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 18, 2013.

First aired: October 28, 2013.

After a 16-day shutdown, there’s finally a deal to raise the debt limit and reopen the government. But the can’s just been kicked down the road – another Congressional confrontation over spending cuts, entitlement programs and possible default will take place within a few months. Nonetheless, Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator of the Financial Times believes that no matter the rhetoric and flamethrowing, the debt ceiling has to be raised because the alternatives are “simply, unimaginably horrible.”

This week on Moyers & Company, Wolf -- who has been described as “the premier financial and economics writer in the world” -- joins Bill Moyers for a discussion of the current DC crisis and its potentially lethal impact on the global economy. Wolf views the debt ceiling as the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb the US has aimed at itself. But its deadly fallout could spread everywhere.

Bill also speaks with media scholar Sherry Turkle who says that the Internet and social media have changed not only what we do but also who we are. She’s a clinical psychologist and one of the first to study the impact of computers on culture and society. A professor at MIT and director of the university’s Initiative on Technology and Self, Turkle has written several important books, her most recent, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.

Guest List

Sherry Turkle Clinical Psychologist, Professor, M.I.T.

Martin Wolf Cheif Economics Commentator, Financial Times

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