The 180 | Feb 20, 2014 | 7:12

We ask an economist: Who is the "middle class?"

All three front-running federal parties want to win over the "middle class" in the next election. This week the Liberals are the latest, releasing a 7-minute video aimed entirely at this demographic. But who is the middle class?

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The 180 The case for the majestic beaver May 7, 2015 | 3:02They may topple your favourite tree or flood your property with their dams, but that is what makes beavers awesome,Michael Runtz. The biologist says it's time for the beaver to take its rightful place in the pantheon of the world's most majestic animals
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The 180 - Ethics and animal testing: PETA's responseMay 7, 2015 | 8:31The 180 Ethics and animal testing: PETA's response Audio
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The 180 - Controversy over 'poor doors'May 7, 2015 | 5:34The 180 Controversy over 'poor doors' Audio
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The 180 - Animal testing, gender wage gap, "Ecomodernist Manifesto"May 1, 2015 | 54:00The 180 Animal testing, gender wage gap, "Ecomodernist Manifesto" Audio
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The 180 Is more money the best way to fix the gender wage gap? Apr 30, 2015 | 3:29Miana Plesca is an associate professor of Economics at the University of Guelph, and says simply giving more money to women will not solve the pay gap.

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