Personal Finance in a Down Economy

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Friday, December 26, 2008

With more and more Americans slipping into poverty, Jonathan Mintz and Cathie Mahon, both from the Department of Consumer Affairs, discuss the city's program to advise New Yorkers in a bear market. Plus, other advice on coping tough times; and, What makes a real Brooklynite?


Cathie Mahon and Jonathan Mintz

The 411 on Finance

Jonathan Mintz, commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, and Cathie Mahon, executive director of the Department of Consumer Affairs' Office of Financial Empowerment discuss the city's joint program with CUNY and the Daily News to answer New Yorkers' questions about personal finance.

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All Your COBRA Questions Answered

Ellen Andrews, executive director of the The Connecticut Health Policy Project, answers questions on COBRA and other medical insurance programs for the unemployed.

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You Rent it, You Own it

Klara Madlin, president of Klara Madlin Real Estate, talks about rent-to-own real estate deals, and renter Jill Vegas on her experience of entering into one of these deals in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Taking Hip Hop Seriously

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and author of The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop-And Why It Matters, argues that any discussion about hip hop is also a discussion about race.

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On Fatherhood

Adam Gopnik, New Yorker staff writer, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, contributing editor to The Atlantic and author of The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, talk about fatherhood in the age of Obama.


What Makes a Real Brooklynite?

Actress and native Brooklynite Rosie Perez called into yesterday’s show and a debate started about when you can call yourself a real Brooklynite. Listeners weigh in on the question: Is it how long you’ve lived there? Do you have to have been born there? What makes a Brooklynite?

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