Annie M. Lowrey is a journalist who writes on politics and economic policy. She currently reports for The Atlantic. Previously, Lowrey covered economic policy for The New York Times. Prior to that, she covered the economy as the Moneybox columnist for Slate. She has also been a staff writer for the Washington Independent and served on the editorial staffs of Foreign Policy and The New Yorker. Lowrey's first book, "Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World," was published in 2018. Lowery attended Harvard University and wrote for the Harvard Crimson.
Graduate? In this economy!? The Atlantic's Annie Lowrey explains the economic reality new graduates face and Sean offers one graduating senior a commencement speech. Transcript at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
“What is happening,” writes Annie Lowrey, “is a shock to the American economy more sudden and severe than anyone alive has ever experienced.”  It’s also different from what anyone alive has ever experienced. For many of us, the Great Recession is the closest analogue — but it’s not analogous at all. There, the economy’s potential was unchanged, but financial markets were in crisis. Here, we are purposefully freezing economic activity in order to slow a public health crisis. Early data suggests the economic crisis is going to far exceed any single week or quarter of the financial crisis. Multiple economists have told me that the nearest analogy to what we’re going through is the economy during World War II.I have a secret advantage when trying to understand moments of economic upheaval. I’m married to Annie Lowrey. I can give you the bio — staff writer at the Atlantic, author of Give People Money (which is proving particularly prophetic and influential right now) — but suffice to say she’s one of the clearest and most brilliant economic thinkers I know. Her viral piece on the affordability crisis is crucial for understanding what the economy really looked like before Covid-19, and she’s been doing some of the best work on the way Covid-19 will worsen the economic problems we had and create a slew of new ones.But this isn’t just a conversation about crisis. It’s also a conversation about how to respond. I wouldn’t call it hopeful — we’re not there yet. But constructive. References: "The Great Affordability Crisis Breaking America" by Annie LowreyIf you enjoyed this episode, check out: "Fix recessions by giving people money," The WeedsBook recommendations: Severance by Ling MaMidnight in Chernobyl by Adam HigginbothamCrashed by Adam Tooze Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The universal basic income (UBI) movement is gaining momentum in the United States, where cities like Stockton, California have implemented pilot programs and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang is running on a platform heavily based on principles of UBI, including the idea of giving every American a “freedom dividend” of $1,000 per month. On today’s episode, Ali explores the challenges and possibilities of UBI with Annie Lowrey, author of Give People Money. They discuss prevailing myths and stereotypes about low-income families and “personal responsibility,” the ways UBI addresses racial and gender inequities, what it means to have “enough,” and much more. Annie Lowrey is a journalist and staff writer for The Atlantic. She has written for the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and other publications. She is the author of Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World (Crown, 2018). Earlier this week, she published a new piece in The Atlantic, “$350,000 a Year, and Just Getting By: Financial confessionals reveal that income inequality and geographic inequality have normalized absurd spending patterns.” The post The Case for Universal Basic Income with Annie Lowrey appeared first on WORT 89.9 FM.
U.S. stocks plunged again after markets finished their worst trading week since the 2008 financial crisis. The drop came after President Trump criticized the Federal Reserve on Twitter and Steve Mnuchin attempted to calm investors, instead causing more concern. Annie Lowrey of The Atlantic joins William Brangham to put the bear market into perspective amid a “general sense of chaos” in Washington.
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