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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The country’s aging population is changing the dynamics of family. Jane Gross, journalist and now author of “A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents – and Ourselves,” talks about the emotional pressures of eldercare. Plus: the latest from Capitol Hill, including raising the debt ceiling; the descendants of Plessy and Ferguson drop the v. from the “separate but equal” Supreme Court Case; and how reviews change menu prices. 

Congressman Anthony Weiner's Confession

Roll Call staff writer David Drucker and WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal discuss Congressman Anthony Weiner's confession regarding his online sexual behavior and also addresses recent  news from Capitol Hill.

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Ethics Reform in Albany

Ken Lovett, Daily News Albany Bureau Chief, talks about the new ethics reform legislation in Albany and other legislation still to come before the June 20th end of session.

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Restaurant Reviews and Food Prices

How does a positive or negative restaurant review affect menu prices? Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, discusses the role of restaurant critics.

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The Economics of the Arab Spring

Niall Ferguson, Harvard professor and Newsweek columnist, asks whether an economic plunge will ruin the Arab Spring.

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Eldercare

Jane Gross, staff writer at the New York Times where she started the blog, "The New Old Age," and author of A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves, talks about her personal story of caring for aging parents and her reporting on the subject.

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Plessy and Ferguson

Artist Keith Plessy, President of the Plessy & Ferguson Foundation, and Phoebe Ferguson, photographer, documentary filmmaker, and co-founder of the Foundation, discuss their friendship and the idea of "separate but equal" in today's society. Plessy is a descendant of Homer Plessy, and Ferguson is the great-granddaughter of Judge John Ferguson, author of the decision upholding segregation that was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1896 in Plessy v. Ferguson.

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