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Thursday, September 15, 2011

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The latest on the UBS "rogue trader." Plus: The high winds and rising water of recent heavy rains and Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Irene have unleashed damaging floods in the tri-state area. J. Robert Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America, follows up on how the insurance industry is reacting to claims and takes calls. Plus: John E. McDonough, author of Inside National Health Reform, talks about how the Affordable Care Act came to be; updates on Israel and Middle East diplomacy; and Dana Stevens of Slate and Dr. Larry Madoff, editor of ProMED, give context for the movie “Contagion.”


Goin' Rogue: UBS Edition

Marketplace New York bureau chief Heidi Moore discusses the breaking story of a rogue trader making $2billion in unauthorized trades at Swiss Banking Giant UBS.  

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Following Up on Insurance, Post-Irene

J. Robert Hunter, director of Insurance for the Consumer Federation of America, follows up on how the insurance industry is reacting to the damage and flooding from Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Irene.

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SchoolBook: The Money

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to the New York Times/WNYC project SchoolBook, looks at New York City's public schools and money -- government funding, as well as teacher and parent contributions.

Parents/Teachers:  What's your annual contribution for supplies and fund-raising?  Has your school's budget been cut?

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Attacks and Diplomacy

David Makovsky, senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute and co-author with Dennis Ross of Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East, talks about the Israeli embassy attack in Cairo and what it means for the Middle East.

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Inside National Health Reform

John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA, professor at Harvard School of Public Health discusses his new book, Inside National Health Reform, which takes a close look at the development, passage and enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

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Context and a Movie: "Contagion"

A lethal pandemic that spreads like wildfire: could it actually happen? Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest and Dr. Larry Madoff, Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, director of the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and editor of ProMED, an Internet-based emerging disease surveillance system, discusses what "Contagion" gets right and wrong. 

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