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Nov. 2, 2007

Times columnist Krugman reads Nov. 14 for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, an economist at Princeton University, will read from "The Conscience of a Liberal" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

Listen live via the Writing University Web site at The free event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910.

Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City, WOI-AM 640 in Ames and KRNI-AM 1010 in Cedar Falls.

"My generation grew up in a nation of strong democratic values and broadly shared prosperity," Krugman writes. "But both those values and that shared prosperity have been slipping away.

"We can reverse that trend. Political and economic reform turned the oligarchic America of the Gilded Age, a place of vast inequality, bigotry and corruption, into the imperfect but far better society of the postwar era. The challenge now is to do again what the New Deal did: to create institutions that will support and sustain a decent society."

A starred review of "The Conscience of a Liberal" in Publishers Weekly observed, "Economist and New York Times columnist Krugman's stimulating manifesto aims to galvanize today's progressives the way Barry Goldwater's 'The Conscience of a Conservative' did right-wingers in 1964.

"Krugman's accessible, stylishly presented argument deftly combines economic data with social and political analysis; his account of the racial politics driving conservative successes is especially sharp. The result is a compelling, historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny."

Krugman, author of "The Great Unraveling," has been a winner of the John Bates Clark Medal -- awarded biannually to an outstanding economist under the age of 40 -- and he was named Columnist of the Year by Editor and Publisher magazine.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights 319-337-2681,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),