How Did We Get Here

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston is now a distinguished visiting lecturer at Syracuse University, teaching about the ancient history behind tax and property law.  He is partnering with WXXI on a bi-weekly series, How Did We Get Here?, to explore the ancient origins of our modern day economy.

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How Did We Get Here? is supported by a grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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In our final installment of this series, Johnston explains what the Boston Tea Party was all about.

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston is partnering with WXXI on a bi-weekly series, "How Did We Get Here," exploring the ancient source of our modern day economy. Last time, Johnston explored the history of debt relief.  Today he goes a step further, and examines how American bankruptcy law evolved.

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston is partnering with WXXI on a bi-weekly series, "How Did We Get Here," exploring the ancient source of our modern day economy.

Last time, Johnston looked at the explosion of credit card debt. Today he explores the history of debt relief.

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston explores how ballooning credit card fees have put so many people so deeply in debt.

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In the sixth installment, David Cay Johnston looks at the origin of credit card debt.

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In this installment, David Cay Johnston explains the origins of the idea of democracy.

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In this installment, David Cay Johnston discusses human kind's relationship with money.

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston explores the invention of coins as currency.

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston explains the origins of accounting.

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In the first installment, Johnston talks about the origins of the concept of interest.

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