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Thursday, August 13, 2009

The national health care debate has taken a turn toward death. Amitabh Chandra, professor of public policy at Harvard University, explains the real economics behind end-of-life care and the cost-benefit analysis that goes into making health care policy. Plus, August weekly guest Kevin Purdy of Lifehacker.com gives tips on digital tools to help you be more productive; New Jersey politics; and the clunkers you love.

Guests:

Amitabh Chandra and Kevin Purdy

Garden State Stomp

New Jersey's race for governor is heating up, and a recent poll shows that the gap between Republican challenger Chris Christie and Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine has narrowed in recent weeks. Josh Margolin, a political reporter with the Star-Ledger, and John Weingart, associate director of the

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End-of-Life Cost-Benefit

The so-called 'death panel' has dominated the health care discussion recently. Amitabh Chandra, professor of public policy at Harvard University, talks about the cost-benefit analysis that goes into making health care policy, and explains the real economics behind end-of-life care.

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Lifehacking 101

Kevin Purdy, senior editor at lifehacker and weekly guest for the month of August, helps listeners be more productive in the digital age. This week: Online tools.

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Foreign Aid

Ken Silverstein, Washington editor for Harper's Magazine who writes the "Washington Babylon" blog for Harper's online, looks at where foreign aid for Afghanistan really ends up.

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Baby Thoughts

Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, talks about her new book The Philosophical Baby: What Children?s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009).

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Driven

Ray Wert, editor of Jalopnik.com, talks about the cash-for-clunkers program---and which cars from the 1980s he'd like to keep off the scrap heap.

We want to hear from you. Tell us what post-1984 car model you'd like to spare from demolition. Give us a call ...

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