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Mark Zuckerberg has already changed the world we all live in.  Now he wants to change the world that future generations will live in, too.

Later on the program, military bases on foreign soil: good or bad for America?

Photo: JD Lasica

How Wealthy Americans Created a Private Tax System 6 MIN, 30 SEC

As the 2016 presidential campaign heats up, one issue we're not hearing candidates debate much is tax policy. But that doesn't mean it's low on their agendas. In fact, some of the most generous political donors this campaign cycle are wealthy Americans who have found ways to build a "private tax system" that saves them billions of dollars -- and they want to keep it that way. That's according to a special report this week by the New York Times, co-written by Noam Scheiber, who joins us now.

Guests:
Noam Scheiber, New York Times (@noamscheiber)

Mark Zuckerberg and "Impact Investing" 32 MIN, 38 SEC

At the age of 31, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest men in the world. Now he wants to invest in the future.  He and his wife have pledged $45 billion to improve education, cure disease, connect people and build strong communities. It's a form of "impact investing" that supporters call the future of charity. Skeptics say it's a way of escaping taxes and increasing political power. We hear from both sides and look at what happened to Zuckerberg's earlier effort to reform public schools in Newark, New Jersey. 

Guests:
Felix Salmon, Fusion (@felixsalmon)
Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica (@eisingerj)
Paula Goldman, Omidyar Network (@pdgoldman)
Dale Russakoff, journalist and author (@dalerussakoff)

The Prize

Dale Russakoff

Should the US Rethink the Huge Cost of Its Military Bases? 10 MIN, 24 SEC

The US maintains some 800 military bases on foreign soil. Are they worth what they cost?


B-1B bombers on Diego Garcia in November 2001 (US Air Force)

Diego Garcia is a tiny island in the Indian Ocean. David Vine discovered that the entire indigenous population was removed in the 1960's -- to make way for a massive American military base. His research into how that happened led to the book called Base Nation: How US Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World.

Guests:
David Vine, American University (@davidsvine)

Base Nation

David Vine

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