The Madeleine Brand Show for November 18, 2011

Super procrastinators: Why congress can't seem to make a deficit plan decision

The Deficit Reduction Supercommittee Holds Meeting For Opening Statements

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Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Co-Chair U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) (2nd R) listens to U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) (R).

The Nov. 23 deadline for Congress' super committee is approaching. So far, it has made little apparent progress on reducing the nation's deficit. We look at the psychology of procrastination in general and how it plays out in our political process for better or worse.


Timothy Pychyl, faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University.

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