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Friday, May 3, 2024

Ep. 244 - Mark Rank


Hello and welcome to The Rob Burgess Show. I am, of course, your host, Rob Burgess.

On this our 244th episode, our guest is Mark Rank.

Mark Robert Rank is the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at Washington University in St. Louis. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on issues of poverty, inequality and social justice. To date he has written 10 books on a range of subjects, including an exploration of the American Dream, a new understanding of poverty and inequality, and the role of luck and chance in shaping the course of our lives. In addition, he has published articles in numerous academic journals across a variety of fields. Rank’s research has been reported widely throughout the news media and cited in virtually every major newspaper in the country, frequently in the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has also been featured in a range of other media outlets including various programs on National Public Radio, NBC Nightly News, the PBS NewsHour, CBS News, CNN and many others.

He has provided research expertise to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as many national organizations involved in issues of economic and social justice. His work has been cited by then-President Barack Obama, as well as Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

His most recent book is, “The Random Factor: How Chance and Luck Profoundly Shape Our Lives and the World around Us.”

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