Economist Jeffrey Sachs on Poverty, Politics, Pipelines, and Protests (Podcast)

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If the world only has room for a few rockstar economists at a time, Jeff Sachs is undeniably a headliner. His books include The End of Poverty, Common Wealth, and The Price of Civilization. He heads up The Earth Institute at Columbia, and is special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. In our conversation (recorded shortly after he spoke at the UN podium in New York City), Sachs explains the challenges of feeding our growing population, why we can’t rule out genetically modified food or nuclear power, and why America doesn’t need a tar sands pipeline. Sachs also talks about his passion for Occupy Wall Street and his hopes it will revive in the spring.

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Tags: Agriculture | Developing Nations | Economics | Genetically Modified Food | Nuclear Power | Occupy Wall Street | Poverty

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