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Monday, May 18, 2009

On today’s show: A look at how credit card companies have begun taking consumer profiling to new heights. Then, the noted novelist Reynolds Price on the six most important years of his life. And, Walter Kirn on why he thinks the American education system should shed its obsession with the meritocracy. Plus, we’ll take a look at how the recession is affecting New Yorkers.

Maybe That’s Why it’s Called a "Discover" Card

Credit card companies know a lot more about you then you think. Faced with huge losses, they've turned to consumer profiling to find out everything from what kind of birdseed you buy to which bars you frequent, all in an effort to get you pay your bill. New York Times ...

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Leaving Home, Coming Back

In the third volume of his memoir Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back, Reynolds Price tells the story of the six most important years of his life.

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Lost in Meritocracy

Walter Kirn thinks the American education system focuses far too much on standardized tests, extracurricular activities and class rankings at the expense of intellectual fulfillment. In his book, Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever, Kirn looks at the intellectual costs of our current education system.


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Recession Stories

We take an intimate look at how the recession is impacting New Yorkers with Devin Dwyer, producer of We’ll also talk to Jong Min, an undocumented immigrant, and with sports reporter-turned-waiter John Walters.

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