Human Nature

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Economics is based on rational behavior, but humans are anything but. So what can the Obama economic team learn from social psychology? Then: the secrets of long-distance running, and why running shoes are the worst thing ever to happen to feet. Plus, why it’s so hard to be a stepmother.

MTA Deal

First, Elliot Sander, executive director and CEO of the MTA, then Gene Russianoff, staff attorney at NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, talk about the plan, announced last night, to fund the MTA and avoid the threatened drastic fare increases.

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Pet Projects

Damaris Reyes, executive director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), a neighborhood housing and preservation organization, and Ann Washingon, Grant Houses resident and board member at Community Voices Heard, discuss the stricter pet policy just implemented by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Plus, they'll ...

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Heel To Toe

Christopher McDougall, contributing editor for Men’s Health, and author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, talks about the science of “extreme” running and the rise of running culture.

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Market Psychology

George Akerlof, Koshland Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley and 2001 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, discusses his new book Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism.

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The Price of Print

The New York Times is now two dollars on weekdays and five on Sundays. Worth it? Where do you draw the line?

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Wednesday Martin, author of Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do, talks about the challenges, myths, and realities of being a stepmother.

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