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One of the underlying goals of the Brian Lehrer Show's Uncommon Economic Indicators project is not just to gather interesting stories, but to try and notice patterns, connect listeners, and possibly affect some change for the better. We recently did a segment inspired by a UEI submission that read, in part:
I work for a small internet company in NYC. We have employees all across the country - this month we have to renew health insurance plan. The company I work for contributes an annual sum to each employee for health care - they raised their sum as much as possible - 20%. (You can read the whole post here.)
Jumping off of this post, we've teamed with WNYC reporter Fred Mogul to look in to whether this is a widespread phenomenon. We launched a comments thread and did an on-air call for small business owners to tell us how much their rates have increased and the effect it's having on their employees. You can see the comments thread here. and listen to the audio below.
Jody Avirgan started two days before The Brian Lehrer Show won a Peabody, and he is taking full credit. He comes to WNYC from WFUV, where he produced "Cityscape" and before that KQED Radio in San Francisco. He's a founder of Longshot Radio, and has produced pieces that have aired here and there and everywhere. Every other month in New York City he hosts the conversation series Ask Roulette, a live audience version of the Brian Lehrer Show's "radio roulette" segments.
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