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Monday, March 30, 2009

At President Obama’s online town hall last week, marijuana legalization was the hottest topic. But the pro-pot argument was not about rights: it was economic. So, could marijuana legalization really help the US get out of recession? Also, meet Mary Pipher, the world’s most stressed-out Buddhist. Plus, a call in to see how your commute will change under the new MTA plans.


Mary Pipher

Your Changing Commute

What's your commute going to look like? We want concrete examples of how you will be affected, particularly if you are on a line that will be cut or are going to be hit hard by increased fares. So, should your commute be spared? Comment below!

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Numbers Game

With changes to the MTA and a new state budget, the fiscal landscape of both the city and the state have changed dramatically over the past few days. But what does it mean for your day-to-day? Karen DeWitt, Albany bureau chief for New York public radio, discusses the ...

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Online commenters made marijuana legalization the most popular issue during President Obama's "Open for Questions" town hall last week. But the argument was more fiscal than anything. If the underground pot economy comes into the light, can it really have an impact? Ethan Nadelmann, the founder and executive ...

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Car Troubles

David Welch, Detroit bureau chief for Business Week, discusses the future of GM and the upcoming announcement about the Obama administration's plan to rescue automakers.

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Live Coverage: President Obama's Auto Plan

Live coverage of President Obama's announcement on the auto industry, and your thoughts on the GM and Chrysler bailout deals.

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The Rest of Afghanistan

Pratap Chatterjee, managing editor of Corp Watch and author of, Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War, talks about the new plan for the war in Afghanistan.

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World's Worst Buddhist

Mary Pipher is stressed out, anxious and self-blaming, which makes her a pretty bad candidate for Buddhism. She discusses her new memoir Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World.

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It's all about PEOPLE

Wordle Count: words appearing most on Your Uncommon Economic Indicators

Wordle Count: words appearing most on Your Uncommon Economic Indicators

In over 380 posts to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators, take a look above at the words most used by contributors writing about the recession. Our producer Jody Avirgan pasted the project's URL into the nifty website WORDLE and sent us the word cloud above.  How interesting that the most frequently appearing word is 'people,' followed by 'now', 'work', 'business' and 'new'. It struck us as significant that so many of you write about others, and often with great concern--about their shopping habits, their lost jobs, their family businesses and even changes in their driving habits.

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