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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Atlantic City, NJ (autiscy/flickr)

The author and New School professor Jennifer Michael Hecht contextualizes the news of Robin Williams’ suicide. Plus: what you found when we asked you to investigate City Council members’ discretionary spending; a look at the future of casinos in our area after news broke that another casino is closing soon in Atlantic City; and the author of a best-selling job hunting manual explains what’s changed in the more than forty years since he first published the book and offers advice for job hunters and career changers.

What's Wrong with Atlantic City?

Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City has announced that it will close in September, becoming the fourth casino there to close this year. Michael L. Diamond, business reporter for the Asbury Park Press, talks about why Atlantic City is struggling and whether the closings offer a lesson to other casino projects in the area. Plus, New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz talks about the politics of Governor Christie's attempts to revitalize Atlantic City. 

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Arguing Against Suicide

"We can still save each other," says Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It. In the wake of Robin Williams's death, it's time to have an open conversation about the impact of suicide, and how we can stop being "scared" of reaching out to those who need help.

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Member Items Scrutinized

Earlier this week, we asked listeners to dig into the data on where City Council members spent their discretionary funds. Jeff Mays, DNAinfo political reporter, checks in on what you found and answers some of the questions that came up.

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Trying to Control Ebola, By Any Means Necessary

Health officials have taken up a "cordoning" tactic not used in almost a century to try and isolate the Ebola outbreak. We discuss the latest news and the history of fighting plagues such as this with New York Times science reporter Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

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Jumping to a Job

Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute? 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career Changers (Ten Speed Press; Rev Upd edition, 2014), offers advice and talks about what's changed and what's stayed the same since publishing the first edition of his book in 1970.

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Gentrifiers, When Do You Call 311?

How much should you accommodate the existing culture of your new neighborhood, and when is a loud annoyance just a loud annoyance?

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#TBT Brian and Gail Collins, 1995

It's 'Throwback Thursday' and we're marking the 25th anniversary of the show this fall with a dip into the Brian Lehrer Show archives every week.


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