Social Network, Public Health

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The health and habits of your friends are more than incidental. New research suggests your health is tied to that of everyone in your social network. New York Times Magazine contributing writer Clive Thompson talks about social contagion. Plus what yesterday’s election means for the city, and the enduring popularity of the Beatles.


Clive Thompson

Election Results

Michael Saul, New York Daily News city hall reporter, Azi Paybarah, reporter for the New York Observer, and Bob Hardt, executive producer and political director for NY1 news, discuss the results from yesterday’s primary election.

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Holding Wall Street Accountable

William Cohan, contributing editor at Fortune, former Wall Street banker, and the author of House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street reflects on the year since Lehman collapsed and talks about the difficulty of holding Wall Street accountable.

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Congressman Joe Wilson and Race

New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne(D-10) discusses the formal congressional rebuke of Representative Joe Wilson for his outburst during President Obama's address before Congress last week. Plus, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, associate professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University, discusses how the conversation about that ...

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Cy Vance on His Primary Win

Cy Vance Jr. talks about his victory in the Democratic primary for district attorney.

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Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

Clive Thompson contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and author of the article, Is Happiness Catching?, discusses new findings on the effects of "social contagion."

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Open Phones: Smoking In Parks

NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley has proposed banning in New York City parks. What's your take? Comment below!

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Meet (and Get to Know) the Beatles

Bob Spitz, journalist and author of The Beatles: The Biography; and Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has an exhibit on John Lennon's New York, discuss the persistent popularity of the Beatles.

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