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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This passerby seemed to be color-coordinated with the Taino food truck, parked on Hudson Street. This passerby seemed to be color-coordinated with the Taino food truck, parked on Hudson Street. (Julia Furlan)

UC Berkely economist Enrico Moretti looks at how America’s labor market is being transformed. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects is about a tea set made by the famous Staffordshire pottery firm. David Weber, founder and president of the New York City Food Truck Association, and food truck owners Deborah Smith and Jim Drew talk about the growing industry. 

The New Geography of Jobs

U.C. Berkely economist Enrico Moretti examines the factors reshaping America’s labor market—from globalization and income inequality to immigration and technology—and how these shifts are affecting our communities. His book The New Geography of Jobs draws on a wealth of stimulating new studies to outline policies that may address the social challenges that are arising.

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Food on the Move: The Food Truck Handbook

Food trucks are expanding eating options all over New York. David Weber, founder and president of the New York City Food Truck Association (NYCFTA), Deborah Smith, owner of the Green Pirate Juice truck, and Jim Drew, owner of Phil's Steaks truck, discuss the growing mobile food movement. Weber’s book The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business looks at the ins and outs of navigating in the industry.

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Tributes: Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes had a rich life in politics – and was the Mexican ambassador to France at one point in the late 70s.  But his heart belonged to writing.  His novel, Gringo Viejo, or, The Old Gringo, was made into a movie in 1989, starring Gregory Peck.  A contemporary of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, he himself returned to magical realism in his last novel, Destiny and Desire, which was set in modern Mexico.  He just died at the age of 83.  And you can hear his interview with Leonard from January 2011, in which he discussed Destiny and Desire, and his life in, and out of literature.

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