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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Some corporate executives have health insurance plans that cost upwards of $40,000 a year in premiums. Would taxing these policies help put a lid on costs— while helping to pay for the country’s health care overhaul? Some lawmakers say yes. On today’s show, a look at taxing “Cadillac” benefits. Also: Councilman Tony Avella on preserving Coney Island’s character--and why he voted against a plan that would redevelop it.

See our mapping project, Halted Development

Taxing Health Benefits: An Explainer

There is increased talk in Washington that paying for healthcare reform would involve taxing some health benefits that employees receive at work -- particularly, the so-called "Cadillac" benefits that are valued at $20,000 or more. MIT economist Jonathan Gruber explains how such a tax would work and what impact it ...

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Open Phones: Disorderly Conduct

An invitation for our police listeners. In light of the incident with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge Police, what can you tell us about disorderly conduct? When do you arrest someone for what they say to you, even if there is no underlying ...

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Writer Meets Kindle

Author Nicholson Baker took the Kindle 2 out for a spin, and he wrote about the experience in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Will he be "pulled into a world of compulsive, demonic book consumption?" Tune in to find out! Kindle owners: What's ...

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China Rethinks One-Child Policy

Richard Jackson, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Aging Initiative, talks about Shanghai's push toward a two-child policy.

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Open Phones: Role Play: Gates, Crowley, and Obama Share a Beer

Henry Louis Gates, Sgt. James Crowley, and President Obama are going to meet at 6pm on Thursday over a beer to discuss the arrest incident in Cambridge and the problem of racial profiling in America. Help us imagine the discussion. What would you like to have the three ...

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The Future of Coney Island

City Councilman and mayoral candidate Tony Avella cast the lone vote in the Zoning & Franchises subcommittee against a plan to redevelop Coney Island. The plan is up for a council-wide vote tomorrow. Avella discusses the future of Coney Island, as well as other issues related to his campaign.

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Report on Halted Development in Your Neighborhood

Drastic changes in the economy have ground many developers’ plans to a halt in the New York City metro region. We’re tracking cranes on pause as the latest chapter of our project, Your Uncommon Economics Indicators. Help us map and photograph the empty condos, half-baked luxury high rises and stalled ...

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