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AUDIO: On Point with Tom Ashbrook, “Time for a Guaranteed Basic Income?”

Tom Ashbrook’s radio show On Point at WBUR Radio in Boston held an hour-long discussion on basic income on January 14, 2016. Ashbrook invited four guests onto his show to discuss some of the key topics for discussion in the basic income debate, including technological unemployment, income inequality, work disincentives, and previous pilot projects. His guests were Karl Widerquist, co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network; Megan McArdle, a columnist at Bloomberg View; Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and Albert Wenger, a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. While three of the guests support the idea of a basic income—McArdle does not—the callers into the show varied in their reactions to the idea, with one caller imagining a basic income would help her go back to school and another caller asking how it is any different from communism.

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Josh Martin is a recent graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received an MSc in Social Policy and Planning and wrote his dissertation on the universal basic income as a possible solution to the problems facing Universal Credit in the UK. Prior to LSE, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is originally from Decorah, Iowa.

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