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Friday, October 07, 2011

David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, explains the exact numbers behind income inequality in the U.S. and takes a deeper look at the 99 percent vs. 1 percent wealth disparity claim made by Occupy Wall Street protestors and their critics. Plus: sports economist Robert Baade explains how sports stadiums and games (including the post-season for the Yankees) affects neighborhood economies; journalists Matthew McAllester and Farnaz Fassihi talks about the importance of meals while covering conflict; and the behind-the-scenes story of the automotive crisis of 2008. 

Three Women Share Peace Prize

Foreign Policy news editor Cara Parks talks about the three Nobel Peace Prize winners: Liberians Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and from Yemen, Tawakkul Karman.

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Checking the Stats on Income Inequality

David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, goes through the stats that have been thrown around by Occupy Wall Street protesters and their critics, and what the income inequality picture really looks like.

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Stadium and Dollars

With an eye on the American League Division Series games, Robert Baade, A.B. Dick Professor of Economics and Business at Lake Forest College, discusses his research on how stadiums and games affect communities they're in.

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Meals While Covering War

Journalist and editor of Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar: Stories of Food During Wartime by the World's Leading Correspondents, Matthew McAllester, discusses his new book of stories told by war correspondents about the importance of meals while covering conflict. Contributor to McAllester's book, senior staff writer for the Wall Street Journal covering the Middle East and author of Waiting for an Ordinary Day:The Unraveling of Life in Iraq, Farnaz Fassihi, joins the discussion. 

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Car Trouble

Bill Vlasic, Detroit bureau chief for The New York Times and author of Once Upon a Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America's Big Three Auto Makers - GM, Ford and Chrysler, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the near-collapse of the U.S. automotive giants following the 2008 financial crisis.

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Open Phones: Your Nobel "Disturbing-The-Peace" Prize Nominations

We talked about today's winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, now we want to nominate winners for the "disturbing the peace" prize. Talk about who you would give an award to for minor irritation, unseemliness, or general annoyance. Keep it fun, keep it civil, but (in the spirit of Andy Rooney) - vent a little!

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