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Cuomo’s Budget; What the NSA Can Do; Blogging Illness; Macroeconomics Explained

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo during his election-year State of the State address in January. (Judy Sanders - Office of the Governor/flickr)

Gov. Cuomo released his proposal for the new state budget. We’ll go through the main points, including changes to campaign finance laws and how he plans to fund universal pre-K across the state. Then: context for our list of technologies the NSA can use. Plus: blogging or tweeting serious illnesses; and Financial Times columnist and author Tim Harford explains how macroeconomics affects everyone, everywhere.  

Governor Cuomo's Budget

Larry Schwartz, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), goes through the details of Governor Cuomo's budget proposal, including statewide pre-K and campaign finance reform.

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What We Know the NSA Can Do

The trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden has revealed the elaborate tricks the NSA can use to monitor communications and data around the world. Shane Harris, Senior Writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers, goes through our running list of things we now know the NSA can do.

Blogging Your Illness: "You're Not Doing This Alone"

A conversation has broken out online about how much information is too much information when it comes to blogging and tweeting about illness. The Brian Lehrer Show takes calls from those who write about their health on the sense of community, the role of humor, and the reasons people decide to share.

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Why the Economic Crisis is (Almost) Over

Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist and the author of The Undercover Economist Strikes Back:  How to Run - or Ruin - an Economy (Riverhead Hardcover, 2014) explains macroeconomics to the layman, including how to deal with recessions, inflation and unemployment. 

He says the book doesn't put political spins on economics. “The idea of the new book was to make it less political, less polemical and kind of fun.”

Caller Walter in Monmouth asked about the changing nature of jobs in today’s economy, and Harford partially agreed with him. “Manufacturing employment in China is falling, it’s been falling for years,” he said. “So if it’s falling in China, how on earth do we think we can keep it up in the Europe or America?”  

But he also gave a sunny view of our economic future. He said people often mistake short-term problems for long-term problems.

"We've had five years, six years of bad news, and I think a lot of people now think, ‘well, things will never be better. The economy is structurally damaged, and it’s game over,'” he said.

“I don’t believe that. I think there are long-term issues to solve but ultimately I’m an optimist. I think technological progress and human ingenuity is going to put the economy back on track and we will get there in the end.”

He closed the interview by reminding us that “all crises come to an end.”

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Your Cold Weather Hacks

Listeners offer their cold weather "hacks" as Scott Omelianuk, editor of This Old House magazine, shares tips for homeowners and Joshua Lockwood, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region, offers advice for staying safe in the extreme winter weather.

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