NYC Median Incomes; Statin Calculator; Death Penalty; Bread and Puppet

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

There seems to be a flaw in the calculator used by doctors to assess treatment options to lower cholesterol. Kim Allan Williams, vice president of the American College of Cardiology, discusses the tool that seems to be overestimating risk. Plus: New York Law School professor Robert Blecker talks about his new book The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst; movement in the NYC median income numbers; hurdles to employment for those coming out of prison; and the 50th anniversary of Bread and Puppet.

The Fate of the Military Sexual Assault Bill

The Military Sexual Assault Bill is expected to be up for a divisive Senate vote this week. Darren Samuelsohn, senior policy reporter for POLITICO, discusses the bill sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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A Map Of New York's Changing Income

What do you see when you map income changes from 2007 to 2012 in New York City by neighborhood? Gentrification in Brooklyn and Harlem -- and the effect of the financial crash on the middle class. Andrew Beveridge, professor of sociology at Queens College, and the man behind Social Explorer, discusses the data and the story it tells us.


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Concerns about the Cardiovascular Risk Calculator

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently released new guidelines for lowering cholesterol. Kim Allan Williams, vice president of the American College of Cardiology, and chief of cardiology at Rush University School of Medicine, explains concerns about the risk calculator included in the guidelines, and what it means for people who are concerned about their cholesterol levels.

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Punishment that Fits

Robert Blecker, New York Law School professor, death penalty advocate and author of The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice among the Worst of the Worst (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), says his research in prisons shows that punishment is perversely practiced today where the worst criminals often live under better circumstances than those with more hope for rehabilitation. While he supports the death penalty, he argues that harsher treatment for those convicted of the worst crimes could make it less likely to be imposed.

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Life Sentence to Unemployment

Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines and contributor to The Nation, talks about the hurdles to employment for those coming out of prison and how they disproportionately affect Blacks and Latinos.


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50 Years of Bread and Puppetry

Adam Schutzman, A/V archivist for Bread and Puppet Theater and Rose Friedman, long-time Bread and Puppet collaborator/company member, discuss the 50 year history of the radical Bread and Puppet Theater and the events going on around the city in celebration.

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