The Real Costs

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

New research estimates that autism costs the nation $126 billion per year. Hear autism researcher Dr. David Mandell discuss the economic costs to families dealing with autism. Plus: Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander discusses the results of his participatory budgeting initiative; the Atlantic’s Steve Clemons updates us on the situation in Syria and Egypt; Daily Beast writer Peter Beinart discusses his new book; and the husband and wife team of David Lamb and Jamillah Lamb present their new relationship guidebook.

Participatory Budgeting Winners

Four city council districts let constituents decide how to allocate some funds. Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D 39), and Alexa Kasdan, director of research and policy for the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, review the results. Plus Christine Petro, Windsor Terrace resident, and George Sanchez, Cobble Hill resident, talk about their projects that received funding. 

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Syria and Egypt Updates

Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic, discusses what's come out of the Arab League and Friends of Syria meetings -- plus the Islamists' influence in Egypt.

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Cost of Autism

Dr. David Mandell, associate director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-author of Pediatrics:Implications of Childhood Autism for Parental Employment and Earnings, discusses the financial toll autism takes on families and their incomes. More information on the financial toll of autism may be found at

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Why Bhutan Takes Happiness So Seriously

Karma Tshiteem, secretary of Gross National Happiness Commission for the nation of Bhutan, joins to talk about the recent report on world happiness, and how Bhutan's government promotes the metric.

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The Crisis of Zionism

In his new book, The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart, says the deepening Israeli occupation of the West Bank threatens Israeli democracy. And in the US, the failure of American Jewish organizations to address it threatens Zionism itself. Peter Beinart is a senior political writer for The Daily Beast and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

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Platanos and Collard Greens: The Perfect Combination

David Lamb and Jamilah Lamb, co-owner of Between the Lines Productions, are the husband and wife team behind "Platanos Y Collard Greens," and the co-authors of Perfect Combination: Seven Key Ingredients to Happily Living and Loving Together.  They join us to offer their new relationship guidebook.

EVENT:  The Lambs will be reading from their book at Sisters Uptown bookstore on April 28th.

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Watch: Tom Robbins on Whether War is Inevitable

Tom Robbins, former longtime Village Voice writer who is now the investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, visited the WNYC studios recently. He answered the question at the center of the Brian Lehrer Show End of War series: Is war inevitable?

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