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Monday, April 02, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the media as a television ad plays behind him. (Joe Raedle/Getty)

Autism diagnosis rates are on the rise, and New Jersey has among the highest rates in the country according to a new study. Hear a conversation about why more people are getting diagnosed, and why New Jersey may be leading the pack in terms of accurate reporting. Plus: Todd Zwillich, the Takeaway’s Washington correspondent, discusses Gov. Romney’s endorsements and how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the presidential race; a conversation about the brain science behind one’s relationship with God; former Onion writer Andy Selsberg on why you should feel special; and a call-in for you to tell us what you’d do with half a billion dollars.

Romney's Endorsements, SCOTUS Fallout, and Other Politics

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, and Juana Summers, national political reporter for POLITICO discuss the news of the week -- from tomorrow's primaries to the effect of the Supreme Court arguments on the 2012 race.

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Open Phones: How Would You Spend Your Half Billion?

Even if you didn't win big in Friday's record-setting Mega Millions jackpot, we'd like to know: how would spend half a billion dollars if you had? What's the most selfish thing you'd do -- and the most selfless? Buy a car; and start a foundation? Travel the world; then donate to a charity? Give us a call 212-433-9692, or post here!

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Autism Diagnosis Rates on the Rise in New Jersey

Walter Zahorodny, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, discusses the reasons why New Jersey's autism rate is one of the highest in the country, according to a report released last week by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Zahorodny was the lead researcher on the New Jersey portion of the study.

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What We Know About Foxconn

Rob Schmitz, China correspondent of Martketplace, to talk about his recent visit to the Foxconn plant, and answer listener questions about electronics manufacturing in China

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When God Talks Back

T. M. Luhrmann, psychological anthropologist and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University and author of When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, talks about her book on the science of how evangelicals experience a relationship with God in the brain, and why some connect more through prayer than others.

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Hidden Talents

Andy Selsberg, former staff writer for The Onion and author of You Are Good at Things: A Checklist, spells out all the ways to feel special, from your talent for "noticing new haircuts" to making "the last half ounce of toothpaste last for a month."

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