To Have and Have Not

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Friday, January 07, 2011

Greg Floyd, the president of the Teamsters Local 237, reacts on behalf of his public workers to Governor Cuomo’s plan to cut spending and freeze state worker wages. Plus: what's next for juvenile justice; the problem with being over-connected; a look at global inequality; a comparison between the “baby boom” and the “war boom;” and your calls on how much you care about NYC restaurant health grades when you’re deciding where to eat.

S.O.S: Public Employee Response

As president of Teamsters Local 237Greg Floyd represents 24,000 public employees in New York City, including school safety agents and maintenance workers. He responds to Governor Cuomo's State of the State address as well as the Committee to Save New York's plans for government reform.

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Cuomo's Juvenile Justice Overhaul

Jeremy Travis, president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY, talks about Governor Cuomo's plan to reform New York State's juvenile justice system. Travis headed Governor Paterson's task force on juvenile prisons, whose 2009 report found serious and widespread problems in the system.

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Technologically Overconnected

William Davidow, venture capitalist, former Intel executive, and the author of Overconnected: The Promise and Threat of the Internet, discusses the perils of living in an age in which the internet connects everything from credit default swaps to Hurricane Katrina, and why this interdependency is making us increasingly vulnerable to a global financial meltdown.

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The Haves and the Have-Nots

Branko Milanovic, lead economist at the World Bank's poverty research division and the author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality, talks about the past and present of global inequality and what it means for democracy today.

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Following Up: Baby Boom vs. War Boom

Jim Von Schilling, professor of English and humanities at Northampton Community College and the Baby Boomer Area chair for the Popular Culture Association, compares the lives of postwar baby boomers to those of a lesser-known "War Years" boom—the millions who were born during World War II. Plus, how some people misuse the phrase "Kabuki Theater."

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Do You Care About Restaurant Grades?

Alan Sytsma, senior editor at the food blog Grub Street at New York magazine, discusses the restaurant grades currently being handed out by the NYC health department.

Listeners: How much do these health grades matter to you when you're deciding where to eat? Call or comment here!

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