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How the 99 Percent Live, Shaped by Sciapparelli, Julia Sweeney, and Baseball

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Guesthost Mike Pesca finds out how the 99 Percent have been struggling through the Great Recession. Then Patricia Volk explains how her ideas of style and womanhood were shaped by her mother and the designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Julia Sweeney talks about her new memoir, about motherhood and other life events. And Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter talks about baseball!

How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession

Barbara Garson talks about the human costs of our economic recession and slow recovery. In Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession, Garson interviewed an economically and geographically wide variety of Americans to show how loss and insecurity is affecting their lives.

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Shaping Style

Patricia Volk discusses the two women— iconoclastic designer Elsa Schiaparelli and her own mother—who offered her contrasting lessons about womanhood and personal style that allowed her to plot her own course. Her new book is Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me.

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Julia Sweeney: If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother

Julia Sweeney discusses her new memoir, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother. She writes of adopting a Chinese girl, and then, a few years later, getting married and moving from Los Angeles to Chicago. She also offers meditations on strollers, nannies, knitting, The Food Network, and how she explained the facts of life her nine-year-old daughter.

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Baseball Season

Ben Reiter, Sports Illustrated staff writer, talks about the baseball season, the prevalence of strikeouts in games, why so many baseball players are getting injured. He’ll also field calls.

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Guest Picks: Julia Sweeney

Comedian, writer and performer Julia Sweeney was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her latest memoir, If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother. She also told us what she's been watching and listening to!

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