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The New Class Conflict on the Money

Joel recently appeared on Charles Ortel's show, On the Money, to talk about the emerging class issues covered in his new book, The New Class Conflict. Download the attached audio file to listen. Joel's segment begins at 1:05.

The Unbridgeable Wealth Gap in America

Joel discusses the unbridgeable wealth gap in America and other themes from The New Class Conflict on the Bloomberg Advantage radio show for a 10 minute interview. Download the attached file to listen.

Obama's Raw Deal

The middle class (those who earn between the 30th and 70th percentiles) accounted for 53 percent of the national income in 1970, just 45 percent in 2012, according to demographer Joel Kotkin, who says “the biggest issue facing the American economy, and our political system, is the gradual descent of the middle class into proletarian status.”

The New Class Conflict the Dennis Prager Show

Joel recently visited with Dennis Prager about the emerging clerisy class rising to power in the country's education, entertainment, and technology communities.

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The Future of America's Middle Class

Joel recently appeared on BYU radio for a broad conversation about his work and the future of the middle class. From BYU radio:

"What’s driving the rise of a new “yeoman” class? “Inflation has taken the price of housing out of reach of most people and the advent of technology has eliminated an enormous number of jobs,” says Kotkin.

The Sorting Election

Joel Kotkin of Chapman University points out that over the past decade, Houston has outperformed every major metropolitan area in income growth, population growth and migration. Since 2000, the city’s employment figures have risen by 32 percent, ranking it No. 1 in percentage job growth. In August, Houston issued more single-family housing permits than all of California.

The New Class Conflict on Salt Lake City Radio

Joel talks about the themes in The New Class Conflict in this two-segment interview on the Rod Arquette Show in Salt Lake City. Download the .mp3 files to listen.

Houston's most appealing asset: opportunity

Houston will never have the natural beauty of San Francisco, the hipness of Portland or the luxury of New York. That's not what it should strive for, says author and academic Joel Kotkin, who was in Houston last week presenting his latest research on the city.

Joel on Class: "Is this the New Gilded Age?"

Listen to Joel talk about the themes in his new book, The New Class Conflict, with Doug McIntyre on KABC Radio. Download the attached mp3 to listen.

What Makes Houston the Most Ideal “Opportunity City?”

Joel talks with Houston Public Media News about his soon-to-be-released study on Opportunity Urbanism in Houston. Listen below:

Watch Joel on WSJ Live

Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal hosted Joel to talk about The New Class Conflict.

Joel Talks about The New Class Conflict on KABC Radio

Joel talked about the ideas in the New Class Conflict with Larry Elder show in this short interview.

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Tech Oligarchs Wage War on Middle Class

Joel discusses the concepts in The New Class Conflict in this 15 minute video interview with Glenn Reynolds of Instavision TV and

Irvine named among 15 best places to live

Irvine has set the “gold standard” for a planned suburb with all those things most people want – good schools, public safety and recreational opportunities, said Joel Kotkin, Hobbs Fellow in urban studies at Chapman University.

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"Greenurbia is the suburbs of the future. The suburbs of the 1950s were bedroom communities for people who commuted into the city. Today, there’s much more employment in the suburbs, and the big change is the number of people working full-time or part-time at home. Having people commute from one computer screen to another doesn’t make sense."

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Praise for The Next Hundred Million

Kotkin has a striking ability to envision how global forces will shape daily family life, and his conclusions can be thought-provoking as well as counterintuitive. It's amazing there isn't more public discussion about the enormous changes ahead, and reassuring to have this talented thinker on the case. — Jennifer Ludden, NPR national desk correspondent

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