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Thursday, February 26, 2009

On today's show: Felix Rohatyn argues for rebuilding the nation's infrastructure. Plus, this week's Underreported is all about how the sour U.S. economy is hurting immigrant remittances to Mexico.

Rebuilding America

President Obama has pushed for more spending on bridges, roads and railways, but according to the American Society of Civil Engineers it would take $2.2 trillion over five years just to get the nation’s infrastructure into decent shape. In his new book Bold Endeavors, Felix Rohatyn (the investment banker ...

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Underreported: Mexican Remittances in a Bad Economy

Remittances (money sent home from immigrants) are Mexico's second-largest source of foreign income after oil and they dropped significantly in 2008 for the first time on record. The decline could signal trouble for the Mexican economy, but it also has real impacts on Mexican’s living in the United States. Sam ...

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Brown Bag Lunch: Recipes & Tips from the Brian Lehrer Show


Kate: Combine cubes of cheese and salami, ham or turkey; sliced raw peppers, mushrooms and tuna fish (olive oil packed but drained); sliced raw fennel, sardines, and curls of parmesan cheese. The idea is to combine protein and raw vegetables that won’t easily get limp.

Paul: I keep ...


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