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Thursday, March 31, 2011

A protester holds a 'Tax the Rich' sign as he marches during a rally against budget slashing held by union supporters on March 24, 2011 in New York City (Mario Tama/Getty)

As uprisings are happening in the Middle East where massive wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz asks why there aren’t mass protests here where the top 1% of Americans control 40% of the wealth. Plus: Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund, discusses the NY state budget agreement’s affects on the healthcare industry; Sam Roberts digs into the NY census numbers; Marion Nestle on food dye safety; and journalist Belva Davis.

When Will It Come to America?

Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and author of Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, discusses his article in the new issue of Vanity Fair in which he asks why there aren't mass protests here in the United States, given that the top 1% of Americans control 40% of the wealth.

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NYS Budget: Healthcare Spending

Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund, talks about the new budget agreement and its effect on New York's healthcare.

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Census Results: Final Numbers

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, joins us as our weekly guest this month to talk about the census results and what they show about Americans and New Yorkers. In his final segment with us in this series, he digs deep into the NYC and metropolitan area census figures.

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The Syrian Factor

Christa Salamandra, professor of anthropology at Lehman College, and Time deputy international editor Bobby Ghosh talk about the unrest in Syria... and what popular culture can tell us about the politics in the country.

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The FDA and Food Dyes

The FDA is holding a panel of experts to examine the alleged links between artificial food dyes and hyperactivity in children. Joining us to discuss this issue is Marion Nestle, author, blogger, and Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University.

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Never In My Wildest Dreams

Belva Davis, broadcast journalist and author of Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism, talks about her career as an African-American journalist.

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