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Friday, August 31, 2007

More than 7 million Americans work more than one job. On our next program, we'll kick off the Labor Day weekend with your moonlighting stories, which you can post on this website. Also, a Labor Day news quiz from historian Ken Davis, the potential taxi strike next month, a rundown of the Iraq war budget, and we listen in live to President Bush's speech on sub-prime mortgage loans.

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Kenneth C. Davis

Taxi Dance

New York Taxi Workers Alliance executive director Bhairavi Desai discusses the planned taxi strike to protest satellite tracking for New York City taxis.

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Iraq War: Budget Breakdown

Fred Kaplan, who writes the "War Stories" column for Slate.com, offers analysis on military spending in Iraq, and the additional $50 billion Bush plans to ask Congress for.

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Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis

We go live to President Bush's speech on the sub-prime mortgage crisis, with analysis from Newsweek columnist Daniel Gross.

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Working Knowledge

We kick off the Labor Day weekend with our Labor Day news quiz and your stories about moonlighting. Quizmaster Ken Davis is the author of the "Don't Know Much About" series, including the latest, Don't Know Much About Anything: Everything You Need to Know but Never Learned About People, Places, ...

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Labor Day Quiz Answers

Here are the questions and answers for today's Labor Day history/news quiz.

1. Where and when was Labor Day first celebrated?
Ans: 1882, New York City

2. When did it become national holiday?
Ans: 1894; signed into law by Grover Cleveland

3. How much was the first federal minimum wage?
Ans: 25 cents 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act

4. What is the current federal minimum wage?
Ans: $5.85; (NY/NJ $7.15; CT $7.65 )

5. How many Americans hold two jobs?
Ans: 5% or 7.6 million

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