The Brian Lehrer Show

Be Smarter With Your Smartphone

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Author and technology reporter, Elizabeth Woyke, looks at the rise of smartphones and their socioeconomic impact.

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How Where You Live Affects What You Earn

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nathaniel Hendren, assistant professor of economics at Harvard University, discusses the study he co-authored that demonstrates geographic location's relationship with upward mobility.

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The Takeaway

Chinese Explore New Perspectives on a Changed Country in the New Year

Monday, February 11, 2013

This year is the Year of the Snake, and many in China will find that their home country has changed. Over the past year, China has experienced significant cultural unrest, from disputes over problematic labor practices to reform of the income distribution system. Donald Gross, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discusses new perspectives in the Lunar New Year.

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Cornel West and Tavis Smiley's Anti-Poverty Tour

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Princeton Professor Cornel West  and Tavis Smiley, co-hosts of Smiley & West,  which airs Sundays at 4PM on AM 820, discuss their new book, The Rich And The Rest Of Us: A Poverty Manifesto -- a call for a new socioeconomic system based on "fundamental fairness."

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The Takeaway

Divided North Carolina School Board seeks Middle Ground Over Busing

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Wake County school board in Raleigh, North Carolina, voted in March to end its policy of busing students for socioeconomic diversity: a decision that has led to considerable controversy. Protesters claim that ending busing will lead to more segregation in the schools.

Now, the divided board is seeking to find a middle ground on the issue through an assignment approach called "controlled choice," which would allow parents to choose schools for their children as long as they are within a certain "zone." However, not all citizens are happy with the proposed plan and 19 protesters were arrested at a board meeting just last Tuesday. 

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