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Friday, September 19 – Friday, September 26

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Rev. David Beckmann

Dan Tynan

Dr. Jay Kaufman

Julie Coons

Mike Lupica

Helaine Olen

Liam Bailey

Chris Tomlinson

George Johnson

The poverty rate in the United States dropped slightly in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but there are still more than 45 million Americans living in poverty. Rev. David Beckmann, president of the advocacy organization Bread for the World, analyzes the newly released figures.

In an article titled “401(k)s Are a Sham”, journalist Helaine Olen says the popular self-funded retirement accounts could lead to staggeringly low living standards for the elderly in years to come. She joins us with details.

Dan Tynan, author of the Modern Family blog for Yahoo! Tech, looks at two stories that dominated the technology world in recent weeks – the release of several new products by Apple, and the hacking scandal that spread nude photos of celebrities all over the Internet.

Singer-songwriter Liam Bailey made his mark on the British music scene when the late Amy Winehouse heard his music and recorded two songs with him. Now, Bailey is poised to make his mark in America with his new CD, “Definitely Now”. He joins us to talk about the project.

The racial gap in life expectancy is shrinking, but there remain places in the U.S. where African Americans live considerably shorter lives. Dr. Jay Kaufman of McGill University, one of three researchers who wrote a recent paper, “Trends in the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap Among U.S. States, 1990-2009”, joins us to discuss their research.

Journalist Chris Tomlinson, a descendant of slave owners on a Texas cotton plantation, explores his family’s dark history of racism in his new book, “Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black”. Tomlinson joins us to share the tale.

Julie Coons, president and CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association, joins us with “Five Things You Should Know About… Infomercials”.

Sports commentator George Johnson weighs in on the National Football League’s responses to the continuing controversies over domestic violence among players.

Syndicated sports columnist Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News joins us to discuss “Fantasy League”, his latest book for young adults, and offers his take on the NFL scandals and the upcoming retirement of New York Yankees star Derek Jeter.

Rev. David Beckmann – U.S. Census Poverty Survey

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Rev. David Beckmann

9/19/14

The poverty rate in the United States dropped slightly in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but there are still more than 45 million Americans living in poverty. Rev. David Beckmann, president of the advocacy organization Bread for the World, analyzes the newly released figures.

Helaine Olen – “401(k)s Are a Sham”

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Helaine Olen

9/19/14

In an article titled “401(k)s Are a Sham”, journalist Helaine Olen says that the United States is on the verge of a retirement crisis and the culprit is the popular self-funded retirement accounts. She joins us to explain why.

Dan Tynan – Technology News Update

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Dan Tynan

9/19/14

Two stories dominated the technology media in recent weeks – the release of several new products by Apple, and the hacking scandal that spread nude photos of celebrities all over the Internet – which, as it happens, also has a connection to Apple. Dan Tynan, who writes the Modern Family blog for Yahoo! Tech, has details.

Liam Bailey – “Definitely Now”

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Liam Bailey

9/19/14

Singer-songwriter Liam Bailey made his mark on the British music scene when the late Amy Winehouse heard his music, signed him to her Lioness Records imprint, and recorded two songs with him. Today, Bailey is poised to make his mark in America with his new CD, “Definitely Now”. He joins us to talk about the new project.

Dr. Jay Kaufman – “Trends in the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap”

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Dr. Jay Kaufman

9/19/14

The racial gap in life expectancy is shrinking, but while the nationwide numbers are improving, there are still places in the United States where African Americans can expect a considerably shorter life span. The disparities are the subject of a study, “Trends in the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap Among U.S. States, 1990-2009,” published in the August edition of Health Affairs magazine. Dr. Jay Kaufman of McGill University, one of the study’s three researchers, shares its findings.

Chris Tomlinson – “Tomlinson Hill”

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Chris Tomlinson

9/19/14

As a boy, journalist Chris Tomlinson knew that he was a descendant of slave owners, but had no idea what that legacy really meant. After spending 11 years reporting on war and conflict for the Associated Press, Tomlinson decided to visit his family’s Texas plantation and research its history. The result is a new book, “Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black.” Tomlinson joins us to share the tale.

Julie Coons – “Five Things You Should Know About… Infomercials”

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Julie Coons

9/19/14

Julie Coons, president and CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association, shares “Five Things You Should Know About… Infomercials”.

Sports Drill

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George Johnson

9/19/14

Sports commentator George Johnson weighs in on the NFL’s response to the continuing domestic violence controversies, including the child abuse allegations against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and assault charges against Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer.

Mike Lupica – “Fantasy League”

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Mike Lupica

9/19/14

In his new book for young adults, “Fantasy League”, New York Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica spins a yarn about a 12-year-old whiz kid whose fantasy football prognostications are so accurate that he ends up all but running a fictional Los Angeles football team. Lupica joins us to discuss the book and offers his take on the NFL’s domestic violence scandals and the upcoming retirement of New York Yankees star Derek Jeter.