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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canada’s middle class is now wealthier than ours. David Leonhardt of The New York Times explains the analysis (and the new Times data platform). Plus: how to understand your college financial aid letter; sleep through the life cycle; and news from the Supreme Court.

Why Our Middle Class is Losing

New York Times reporter and editor David Leonhardt explains the recent data that show the U.S. middle class is no longer the wealthiest in the world.

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Supreme Court Takes on Affirmative Action, Political Lying, More

It's a busy week at the Supreme Court. Yesterday they issued a decision upholding Michigan's right to ban affirmative action in college admission practices. The court also heard a case about the Internet TV provider Aereo, that could have a big impact on broadcast and online media and arguments about whether states can make it a crime to lie about candidates during a political campaign. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, rounds up the decisions and arguments, and takes your calls about what comes next.

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Clock Your Sleep: Adults

Work emails keeping you up way too late? You're not alone. Columbia University sleep expert Dr. Carl Bazil says that even though work emails aren't usually an actual emergency, your brain thinks they are and keeps you wide awake. Plus, Harvard's Russell Sanna talks about how your company could prioritize sleep health--like email-free weekends. Yes, please.   

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Wildlife During the Longer Winter

We're not the only species that felt the unusually long and bitter winter. WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen, explains how rats were forced to eat trees. Asian tiger mosquitoes were also hit hard. And new kinds of birds are in the area. What signs of a long winter are you seeing in the city's natural world? Birders, which species are you seeing? Wildlife watchers and gardeners, what other signs of the polar vortex are you observing as spring begins?

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Getting Into College: Accepted

Jacques Steinberg, senior vice president with Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit organization, and author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, offers insight and advice for H.S. seniors and their parents facing the May 1 deadline to commit to a college choice -- including what factors to weigh in the decision, navigating financial aid and whether "double depositing" is fair play.

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