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Underreported: Tropical Diseases and Poor Countries

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Today, nearly all of the 1.4 billion people who live below the World Bank’s poverty line are infected with hookworms or related parasites. We’ll look at the impact neglected tropical diseases, such as hookworm, has had on the world poorest countries with Dr. Peter J. Hotez. He is President of ...

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Congress, Toyota, and the Federal Reserve

Thursday, January 28, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us from Capitol Hill with more reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.
  • AUTO TAKEOUT: Because of faulty accelerators, Toyota decided this week to stop building and selling eight of it's most popular models, including the Camry and Corolla. Paul Eisenstein, publisher of The Detroit Bureau, joins tells us about the recall.
  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT: The Federal Reserve decided this week to keep short-term interest rates near zero. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story joins us to discuss the Fed's move, and how it may help support economic recovery.

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Obama Says He Still Believes in Change

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The president vowed to create jobs, pass education reform and complete a health care overhaul in his State of the Union address last night.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The State of the Economy

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In tonight’s State of the Union address, the state of the economy is expected to be President Obama’s main focus. We’ll speak with Leo Hindery, Jr., Chairman of the Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation, managing partner of InterMedia Partners, LP, and former economic advisor to President Obama, ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

State of the Nation

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On today’s show, Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. We’ll talk to economic advisor Leo Hindery, Jr. and The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg about the economy, the jobless recovery, and the proposed bank tax. Then we’ll delve into the life and presidency of James K. Polk. And Stacy Parker ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SOTU Open Phones: Small Business Employment

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

President Obama's State of the Union address will put the spotlight on small business job creation. Expected proposals include: the elimination of capital gains taxes on investments in small companies, tax credits for those employers that hire new workers and tax breaks for those that invest in new facilities and ...

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Congressman Probes NY Fed and AIG

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Brooklyn Congressman Edolphus Towns will be in Washington this morning scrutinizing decisions made by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the tumultuous fall of 2008. WNYC's Ilya Marritz says questions persist about how the New York Fed handled the demise of insurance giant ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Comptroller Chat

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New York City Comptroller John Liu looks at the state and city budgets and what can be done to fix the fiscal crisis.

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The Takeaway

The Value: A Repeat Felon Chooses a Straight Life

Monday, January 25, 2010

In our regular series, "The Value: What Matters to Us Most," correspondent Farai Chideya interviews a father of three in Newark, NJ, who is a repeat felon trying to stay straight.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Ben Bernanke's Confirmation

Monday, January 25, 2010

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has yet to be confirmed for a second term. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday that the administration expects Bernanke to stay in his position. Takeaway finance contributor Louise Story reports on how a delay in the confirmation of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is affecting Wall Street.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Value of Nothing

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    To Raj Patel, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies, our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. In his new book The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, he discusses the true social and ecological costs ...

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    WNYC News

    Rise in NYC Unemployment Explained

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    The city's unemployment rate jumped from 10 percent to 10.6 percent last month, the highest in 16 years. WNYC's Lisa Chow explains why.

    REPORTER: It's kind of almost an accounting problem. There was actually a net gain in jobs last month for NYC - 5,400 jobs ...

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    WQXR News

    Obama Proposes New Restrictions for Banks

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    President Barack Obama has proposed sweeping new regulations for banks, saying they will help prevent a repeat of the financial crisis.

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    WNYC News

    A Deeper Look at Today's Unemployment Numbers

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    The economic recovery has not yet turned things around for workers in New York City. December unemployment numbers are out today and show that the city's unemployment rate jumped from ten percent to 10.6 percent, the highest in 16 years. WNYC's Lisa Chow answers some key questions:

    1. We saw ...

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    WNYC News

    Paterson Proposes $134b Budget With Cuts, New Taxes

    Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    Saying that this is "not a budget of choice, but of necessity", Paterson proposes closing a $7.4 billion gap by cutting school aid, health care and state agencies by more than one billion dollars each.

    "Our revenues have crumbled, and our budget has crashed," said Paterson. ...

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    Morici: Citigroup Doesn't Know How to Bank

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    Citigroup announced its earnings this morning, ending a three-quarter profit streak with a $7.6 billion loss during the final three months of 2009. This as consumers still struggled to repay loans and the bank managed to repay its government bailout money.

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    WNYC News

    Paterson to Propose Aid Cuts

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    Governor Paterson presents his 2010-2011 budget in Albany this morning. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports austerity remains the name of the game.

    REPORTER: For the last three months of this fiscal year, the state faces a cash shortfall of $3 million.

    And there's more agony in store for ...

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    Students Want State to Keep Metrocards Free

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    When Governor Paterson unveils his spending plan for 2010-2011 today, he may have important news for roughly 600,000 New York City school kids. The MTA is threatening to do away with free Metrocards for students because of diminishing state aid. Callie Richards, a sophomore at ...

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Andrew Ross Sorkin's Economic Questions

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of Too Big to Fail, talks about the Financial Crisis Commission should ask about the causes of the current financial crisis. You can read his column "What the Financial Crisis Commission Should Ask" here.

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Freefall

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz discusses the current financial crisis—and the coming global economic order. In Freefall: America, World Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, he draws on his academic expertise, his years shaping policy in the Clinton administration and at the World Bank, and his role ...

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