How the Other Half Banks

May 3, 2016

In a new book, legal scholar Mehrsa Baradaran argues that America has two systems for personal banking. The rich have personal bank accounts at brick-and-mortar businesses, while the poor either don’t bank at all or rely on payday lenders and check cashers that charge exorbitant rates and fees. The result, Baradaran says, is a sadly ironic situation where “the less money you have, the more you pay to use it.” She joins us Tuesday to explain how we got into this mess, and how we might get out of it.

Mehrsa Baradaran is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. Her new book is called How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy [Amazon|Indiebound].