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The End of American Exceptionalism?

29 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 October 2013

Have you ever heard of Nezahualcoyotl? No? Find out how this medieval Mexican poet inspired the programme to ask if America's economic crown is slipping. Manuela Saragosa and her guests, Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice president of the African Development Bank, and professor Danny Quah of the London School of Economics, discuss whether political wrangling over US public finances has damaged the country's global economic standing.

And the programme's resident Irish comedian and commentator Colm O'Regan reflects on his own country's relationship with the USA, and wonders if countries should have a plan B



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