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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

On today's show: behavioral economist Dan Ariely talks about his recent study, which shows that Americans dramatically underestimate the level of wealth distribution and inequality in the country. Then, we’ll examine the ways in which human and ant societies are similar. Two comedians stop by to discuss their latest books: Gilbert Gottfried and then Demetri Martin. Plus, nearly 4 million children born in the United States have parents who are undocumented immigrants. We’ll examine the many challenges these families face and the current state of immigration policy.

Dan Ariely on Our Ideas About the Distribution of Wealth

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely talks about the study “Building a Better America—One Wealth Quintile at a Time,” conducted together with Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton, and what it reveals about Americans’ ideas about the distribution of wealth in this country.

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Humans and Ants

Entomologist and National Geographic photographer Mark Moffett looks at the similarities between ants and humans, specifically our use of warfare.

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Gilbert Gottfried

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried talks about his career and about writing his first humor book, Rubber Balls and Liquor. It’s a mix of jokes, memoir, anecdotes, and observational humor. He tells how he landed the one-word role as the voice of the animated Aflac duck (and how he lost that job), and about his now-famous Friars Club performance two weeks after 9/11.

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Demetri Martin

Comedian Demetri Martin, discusses creating Comedy Central's “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” and talks about his book, This Is a Book. It includes many of his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists, along with essays and conceptual works.

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Immigrants Raising Citizens

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, professor of education in Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, talks about the nearly four million children born in this country to undocumented immigrant parents, and looks at how the circumstances they are being raised in adversely influence their development. Immigrants Raising Citizens is based on data from a three-year study of infants from undocumented immigrant families, and includes important implications his findings have for immigration policy, labor law enforcement, and the structure of community services for immigrant families.

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Guest Picks: Demetri Martin

Comedian Demetri Martin finds industrial and interior design fascinating. Find out what else he told us by reading more.

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Guest Picks: Gilbert Gottfried

Funnyman Gilbert Gottfried shares some of his favorite things after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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April Showers Bring Flowers...and Allergies

After all the rain we've been getting here in the New York area, it's great to walk down the sunny sidewalk and see tulips in full bloom and the trees starting to show their leaves. The down side of that natural beauty: it means that allergy season is here. A few years ago, we looked at allergies on Please Explain, and if you're wondering why you're sniffling, sneezing, or have itchy eyes, just take a listen:

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