Weiner Voters; Race and Age; Economic Mobility

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

McDonald’s released a sample living expenses budget for its low-wage workers. We’ll take your calls on how you live or have lived with a minimum wage income, and hear advice from Deyanira Del Rio of the New Economy Project (formerly NEDAP). Then, the details of a study on economic mobility in the United States. Plus: Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson on the race; and an hour of open phones – this week on race in America.

Candidate Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson, former NYC Comptroller and one of the Democrats running for mayor, discusses the latest news from the mayor's race.

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How To Live on a McDonald's Budget

McDonald's and Visa have released a sample budget for low-wage workers and critics say it's unrealistic. Deyanira Del Río, co-director of the New Economy Project (formerly NEDAP), explains how to budget a minimum wage salary - and listeners offer advice on living on $7.25 an hour.

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How Where You Live Affects What You Earn

Nathaniel Hendren, assistant professor of economics at Harvard University, discusses the study he co-authored that demonstrates geographic location's relationship with upward mobility.

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Does the Anthony Weiner Admission Change Your Vote?

Yesterday, after reports that another woman had claimed to have had an intimate online relationship with him, mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner held a press conference with his wife and admitted his indiscretions extended beyond his 2011 resignation from Congress. Today, the Brian Lehrer Show took your phone calls with reactions to the news. 

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Open Phones: An Interracial, Intergenerational Conversation About Race in America

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, President Obama spoke about how young people have a different view of race than his generation. "[A]s difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better," he said. "Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race." We take calls from young people, parents, and others – how do young people view race differently from previous generations? Does it have to do with just being young, or with societal progress? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, or call in to 212-433-9692.

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