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Monday, April 27, 2009

Have economists let us down, or are they the only ones who can help guide us out of the recession? Peter Coy explores our uneasy relationship with fiscal experts. Plus, museums are selling off their collections, cutting hours, and worrying about their future. And, NASA’s leadership vacuum. Check Out The Uncommon Economic Indicators Home Page And Add Your Story!


Peter Coy

Swine Flu Outbreak

Anahad O'Connor, New York Times metro reporter, reports on New York's response to the swine flu outbreak and Ambassador Rubén Beltrán, Consul General of Mexico in New York, gives the latest on the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and what the government there is doing in response.

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Who Needs Economists?

Peter Coy, economic editor at Business Week, on how economists missed the crisis coming, but why we may still need them to get through the recession. Then, Nicholas Varchaver, senior editor for Fortune magazine, discusses his magazine's investigation in which a former Madoff associate reveals details of the massive ponzi ...

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YUEI: Museums Cut Back

Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum and chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, and Lora Urbanelli, executive director of the Montclair Art Museum, discuss efforts by local museums to deal with cuts in funding.

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Flu Facts

Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection & Immunity and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, offers his scientific expertise in explaining the swine flu outbreak.

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Birds Of A Feather

Richard Dolbeer, former National Coordinator for the (USDA) Airport Wildlife Hazards Program and the man behind, discusses the newly-public FAA data on the dangers of bird strikes to commercial airplanes, and why JFK is considered one of the worst airports in the country when it comes to ...

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The Great Void

Miles O’Brien, freelance space reporter and former CNN chief science/technology/environment correspondent, talks about the void in leadership at NASA and what it means for the shuttle program.

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Small businesses prop each other up

Signs spotted on Second Avenue and East 92nd Street

Signs spotted on Second Avenue and East 92nd Street

A contributor named Maggie spotted these signs posted on the Upper East Side. She writes, 'I think it’s great that two businesses (one a ...


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