Inequality in NYC; Obamacare Fight; Pregnancy Myths; War Games; August Wilson

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Manhattan Skyline, 2009 (Flickr user bernhard_in_va/flickr)

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The poverty rate is up and the income gap is widening. Greg David of the CUNY Journalism School discusses new numbers on inequality. Plus: the politics of the budget fight over Obamacare; economist Emily Oster on her new book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know, the links between the video game industry and the military; and the August Wilson Cycle.

Inequality in NYC

"Why is all this job creation not lifting all of NYC in the ways it has before?" Greg David says concentrated wealth is not actually trickling down.

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The Obamacare Cliff and the Food Stamp Vote

There are just 10 days until the federal budget year ends and Republicans are bundling a bill to defund Obamacare with legislation to avoid a government shutdown. Will the showdown work? Ian Swanson, News Editor at The Hill, explains the latest. Plus: why the house voted to cut almost $4billion a year from the food stamp budget.

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Busting Pregnancy Myths

Emily Oster, economics professor at the University of Chicago and author of the new book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know, discusses her book where she challenges rules about pregnancy and offers her own advice based on her examination of the data.

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The Military Entertainment Complex

Drawing on his research into literacy, Corey Mead, an assistant professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York, and author of War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict, explores the links between the video game industry and the US military and how this plays out in public schools.

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August Wilson Cycle

WNYC's The Greene Space is in the midst of presenting all ten plays that form August Wilson's American Century Cycle. Artistic director Ruben Santiago Hudson, actor and associate artistic director Stephen McKinley Henderson, and the project’s audio theater producer Arthur Yorinks talk about the playwright and his work, its depiction of African American history, and the process of converting stage productions to radio drama.

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