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Week of March 16, 2014

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Making It In America

03.16.2014

Are you living the American Dream? Or just struggling to get by? Changing the minimum wage, cuts to food stamps, and health care coverage have been all over the news.  What does it take to “make it” in America today? 

  1. Living Poor

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    Politicians love to stump about the middle class and the American Dream. But the struggle to make a decent living in the United States isn’t just politics… it’s personal. Here’s a story from Arturo Camelot, a student at Tucson’s City High School.

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  2. So Rich, So Poor - Peter Edelman

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    Peter Edelman says government policies can either help or hinder people on the road to economic stability. Edelman’s the longtime policy advisor who quit Bill Clinton’s administration when the President signed new welfare laws that – in Edelman’s opinion – destroyed the social safety net.

     

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  3. Bootstrapping

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    One of the enduring ideas – and an everyday saying – is that it’s possible to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” Of course, it’s physically impossible, but producer Sara Nics thought there had to be a way to do it with some engineering know-how and well-built boots.

     

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  4. Sonic Sidebar: American Dreams

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    Anybody can be somebody in America, right? That’s part of our national identity. Historians Richard Weiss and Jim Cullen say there are countless versions of the American Dream.

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  5. American Promises

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    Wanna make it in America, a good education gets you a long way, right?. That’s especially true if you’re not a white kid from a high income family. Parents and filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson have just released an astounding documentary about their son's journey through an elite New York prep school.

    You can also hear our uncut conversation with them.

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  6. Watch This! "Lady in Number 6" & "Karama Has No Walls"

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    This week in Watch This! we talk about Oscar nominee "Karama Has No Walls," and Oscar winner, "The Lady in Number Six."

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  7. On Our Minds: Easy Money

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    The Swedish thriller “Easy Money: Hard to Kill" is in theatres around the country right now. It's based on the hard-boiled crime novels of Jens Lapidus. As Steve Paulson discovered, Lapidus is not a big fan of most Swedish crime fiction...

     

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Apocalyptic Thinking

03.16.2014

Global pandemics, alien invasions, the Second Coming....why do we love imagining the end of the world?  We examine apocalyptic thinking – from vampire movies to the Book of Revelation.

  1. Vampires - Margot Adler

    Why are there so many vampire novels - not to mention vampire movies and comics?  NPR reporter Margot Adler looks behind our obsession with vampires.

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Apocalypse Cakes

    OK, you're contemplating the end of the world. How about a snack? Shannon O'Malley shares her apocalypse cakes.

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  3. End of World Meme - Barry Vacker

    Apocalyptic stories are more than just entertaining. Millions of Americans believe the world will soon end. Cultural critic Barry Vacker unpacks this end-of-world meme.

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  4. Revelations - Elaine Pagels

    The Book of Revelation is the Bible's last - and most controversial - book. Renowned historian Elaine Pagels explains the enduring power of this apocalyptic story.

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  5. BookMark: Richard Powers

    Novelist Richard Powers bookmarks "Objects and Empathy" by Arthur Saltzman.

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  6. On Our Minds: Margaret MacMillan on World War 1

    Ever wonder what caused the outbreak of World War One? Oxford historian Margaret MacMillan recounts its origins on its 100th anniversary.

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