Softening the Blow

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

The bailout of major Wall Street banks was a controversial decision whose effects are still up in the air. But here in New York, new numbers show that the bailout may have helped soften the blow of the recession on the city's economy. Plus: rule of law in Afghanistan; Food Inc. tries to change the way we eat; and more Census myths debunked. Plus, Peter Rojas talks about why we are so over-gadgeted and the never-ending quest for the universal device.

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The Bailout's Effect

New figures show that not only did the bailout help avert disaster on Wall Street, but it may have softened the recession's blow throughout the entire New York City economy. James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute examines what we know now about how bad it is and how ...

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Inspector Gadget: Over-Deviced

Today kicks of a month-long series with tech guru Peter Rojas, founder of gdgt, Engadget and Gizmodo.

Today's Topic: Gadget Proliferation. Are you one of those people who carries a phone, music player, camera and PDA? What ever happened to the dream of one universal device ...

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Afghanistan Rule of Law

Nilofar Sakhi, an Asia 21 Fellow at the Asia Society and Country Director at the Open Society Institute in Afghanistan, talks about the rule of law in Afghanistan.

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Oscar Film Series: Food, Inc.

As we continue to spotlight some of the lesser-known films nominated for Academy Awards this year, Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and co-producer of Food, Inc. discusses the Best Documentary Feature nominated film.

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Five Census Myths (Part 4)

Continuing our look at common myths of the US Census, demographer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution William Frey shares myth number four today.

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Help Wanted: Visit to a Job Fair

Naomi Cohn is a job seeker and an author on the Brian Lehrer Show Facebook forum, Help Wanted. She writes:

This week I attended a job fair at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan that was sponsored by several Jewish organizations and synagogues. I didn't see any employers ...


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