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The NFL: America's Favorite Nonprofit Entity?

Monday, September 23, 2013

The NFL gives fans around the nation something to cheer about for several months each year. But the NFL doesn’t just give, they also receive—in some cases millions of dollars in subsidies and tax exemptions. Gregg Easterbrook, contributing editor at The Atlantic, investigates the strange financial operations of the NFL in his new book, “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America.”

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Weiner Voters; Race and Age; Economic Mobility

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

McDonald’s released a sample living expenses budget for its low-wage workers. We’ll take your calls on how you live or have lived with a minimum wage income, and hear advice from Deyanira Del Rio of the New Economy Project (formerly NEDAP). Then, the details of a study on economic mobility in the United States. Plus: Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson on the race; and an hour of open phones – this week on race in America.

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Singers and their Finances, Part Two: Time and Taxes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses some basic ideas for the singer (and, to a lesser extent, all self-employed creative people) about how to manage your life so that art and commerce can happily coexist.

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Tax Report Shows Bloomberg Acquired Properties, Collected Royalties Last Year

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg owns 13 properties including two new lots he bought in Southampton last year. That's among the details gleaned from a specially prepared version of his 2012 personal tax forms.


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Comptroller Liu's State of the City

Monday, January 07, 2013

John Liu, New York City Comptroller, appears on The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss his recent State of the City address and new proposals for the coming year.

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Dump the Bucket List

Monday, August 06, 2012

Carl Richards, certified financial planner, Bucks blogger at The New York Times and author of The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money, talks about his recent column suggesting that long-term goals add to unhappiness.

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The Higher Education Bubble

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Glenn Reynolds, law professor at the University of Tennessee, InstaPundit blogger and the author of The Higher Education Bubble, joins us to argue that the U.S. is currently experiencing a higher education bubble that mirrors the housing bubble and that college tuition costs have vastly outpaced inflation and family income.

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Union Contests Expansion of County Exec’s Power in Nassau

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A New York labor union is trying to block a measure that would give Nassau County’s executive power to make $40 million cuts in the budget without legislative backing.


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SchoolBook: The Money

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to the New York Times/WNYC project SchoolBook, looks at New York City's public schools and money -- government funding, as well as teacher and parent contributions.

Parents/Teachers:  What's your annual contribution for supplies and fund-raising?  Has your school's budget been cut?

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NYS Requests Financial Records from Nonprofits

Thursday, August 25, 2011


New York State is making good on a promise to closely examine the financial records of state-funded nonprofit organizations. A newly-created task force has asked non-profits to provide detailed information, including salaries of top executives earning over $100,000, annual revenue and how much money they pay out to grant recipients.


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Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

Friday, August 12, 2011

How much do parents really matter? And are we sure winners never quit and quitters never win? Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio and co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, talks about the unexpected economics behind issues like parenthood and quitting.

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Keeping Tabs on the Bankers

Monday, June 20, 2011

Deborah Solomon, financial policy writer for The Wall Street Journal, talks about delays in implementing  financial industry regulations and what impact they are likely to have on Wall Street profits.

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Nassau County Faces Financial Troubles, Again

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The problem has always been the same which is that the county spends more money than it takes in and what we have now is more than a decade of a lack of sustained tension to fixing that structural gap... Tax cuts are a way of life here.

Joye Brown, Newsday columnist on The Brian Lehrer Show.


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Money U: Debt Collection

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Deyanira Del Río, associate director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, explores the basics of financial literacy and economic justice on Thursdays in January. This week: debt collection.

Your assignment for next week:  Get your free credit report from

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The Takeaway

What Defines 'Middle Class?'

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Is it income or material possessions? Is it the ability to have a parent raise their children as opposed to a nanny or daycare? Is it being a homeowner or owning your vehicle? Is it a state of mind? These are some of your answers to the question we posed yesterday: What signifies middle class to you?


The Takeaway

Re-examining the Costs of the Iraq War As Drawdown Nears

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

President Obama has announced his commitment to draw down American forces in Iraq after seven years of combat. There will be 90,000 fewer troops in Iraq by the end of next year. But will the costs – financial, human, emotional – come down as the troops come home?

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Setting Priorities for Your DIY Bailout

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In the aftershocks of the financial crisis and with billions of dollars flying in stimulus, TARP, and other tools, have you been left wondering where your bailout is? Takeaway contributor, Beth Kobliner has gotten that question a lot: she's the author of “Get a Financial Life.”