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The Economy, Maps, and Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Adam Davidson, of Planet Money and author of the "It's the Economy" column in the New York Times Magazine, tackles the current economic issues facing the nation. Simon Garfield talks about how humans came to make maps, and how they shape the world. Sandra Cisneros discusses her latest novel, Have You Seen Marie? And Steven Brill explores why why health care costs in the U.S. continue to rise.

Adam Davidson Tackles the Economy

Adam Davidson, co-founder and co-host of Planet Money, a co-production of NPR and This American Life, and author of the weekly "It's the Economy" column for the New York Times Magazine, talks about current economic issues—whether illegal immigrants really hurt the economy, what would happen if economists controlled the borders, the connection between money and happiness, and waning power of union, the debate over raising the minimum wage, sequestration, and more.

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Maps and How the Worlds Looks

Simon Garfield tells the history of maps from the early explorers’ maps to the satellite renderings on our smartphones. He explains how maps reflect the best and worst of what makes us human. His book On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks is full of fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and “pocket maps.”

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Sandra Cisneros on Her, Novel Have You Seen Marie?

Internationally acclaimed novelist Sandra Cisneros talks to Leonard Lopate about her latest book, a tale of loss, grief, and healing.

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Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Steven Brill talks about “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” his special report in the February 22 issue of Time magazine. It explores why health care costs in the US continue to rise, even as they compromise care and deepen our budget deficits. He spent 16 months working on the article, which is the longest in Time’s history.

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