This audio recording is the fourth of a series of forums held at The New School on national priorities. Moderator Alan Gore introduces the topic of discussion and the first panelist, United States Senator Harold Hughes. Hughes speaks at 2:33, discussing the problems of cities, poverty, pollution, his criticism of the Nixon adminstration, equal opportunity, civil rights, guaranteed income for the poor, housing, mass transit and education, national healthcare, and political campaign reform. Hughes concludes at 20:48 and Gore introduces New York State Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Howard Samuels, who speaks at 22:21 on current economic disparities and the decay of cities, governent aid to states, and political reform. Samuels concludes at 40:33, and Gore introduces the respondent, Columbia University Professor of Social Work, Dr. Richard Cloward, who speaks at 41:56 on his skepticism of government reform, and criticism of agricultural subsidies and mortgage assistance which divert resources from the poor. After Cloward's speech, there is a question and answer period, the topics of which include: trade policy, pollution controls, the Vietnam War, the state of the Democratic Party, welfare, and political reform.