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Today Alan Chartock's guest is economist and WAMC commentator Michael Meeropol, professor emeritus at Western New England University. He is also the co-author of Principles of Macroeconomics: Activist vs. Austerity Policy.

Robert Meeropol
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Next Wednesday, June 19th, will mark 60 years since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing-Sing Prison after being convicted of conspiring to pass along U.S. atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.  They became the first American civilians to be put to death for spying during peacetime. To mark the anniversary, the children and grandchildren of the Rosenbergs will take part in an event this Sunday, Fathers day, at New York City’s town hall. The Rosenbergs son, Robert Meeropol, spoke to WAMC news about the event called “Carry it Forward.”