Haves and Have-Nots

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Ernesto Sirolli, a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development, argues that if you want to help someone, shut up and listen. Chrystia Freeland, author and politician (and frequent guest host of KCRW's Left Right and Center), charts the rise of today's billionaire plutocrats and wonders what the concentration of wealth means for the rest of us. Historian Niall Ferguson explains why, when it comes to amassing wealth, it's been the West versus the rest for the past 500 years. Ghanaian economist George Ayittey lashes out against corrupt African leaders, and calls on a young, fast "cheetah generation" to take back the continent from complacent bureaucrats he calls hippos. Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund, shares stories of how "patient capitalism" can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services and dignity to the world's poor.

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Guy Raz