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Studying Abroad, Bosnia, Obesity and Age, Affordable Housing

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Monday, February 24, 2014

On today's show: Time magazine writer Amanda Ripley talks about following three American high school students as they studied abroad for a year in countries with higher standards, better teaching, and more motivated students. Then, Kenan Trebincevic discusses his memoir, The Bosnia List, about returning to Bosnia 20 years after he and his family fled the war there. Time magazine reporter Alice Park on the problems of obesity in children. Plus, New York Observer reporter Chris Pomorski looks at why efforts to incorporate affordable housing into real estate development plans like Hudson Yards have had mixed results, and what changes the de Blasio administration plans to make.

The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way

Amanda Ripley followed three American high school students as they studied abroad for a year. She chronicled what happened when they were exposed to higher standards, better teaching, and more motivated students.

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The Bosnia List

Kenan Trebincevic discusses how his happy childhood was totally transformed once the civil war began in 1992 – and returning to Bosnia 20 years later. His memoir is called The Bosnia List.

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Obese Kids, Adult Diseases

Kids who are extremely overweight are becoming biological adults long before their normal weight peers - and with childhood obesity on the rise, more and more kids are at high risk for obesity-related conditions like cirrhosis, diabetes, and heart disease.

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What's the Best Way to Create Affordable Housing?

New York Observer reporter Chris Pomorski looks at why efforts to incorporate affordable housing into the major real estate development plans like Hudson Yards have had mixed results—and what changes the de Blasio administration plans to make. He's the author of the article "Is Manhattan for Everyone? The pied-à-terre and the ‘poor door’."

 

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