Starbucks donates for World AIDS Day: will your ten cents actually help? (Part 1)

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Today is World AIDS Day. Starbucks sent out an email pledging to donate 10 cents to World AIDS Day for every drink purchased. This sounds great. It feels good to help those suffering. But will your 10 cents actually make a positive difference? Is your donation being used to “treat” AIDS?

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482- Why the US keeps sending weapons to Egypt: Is this policy dangerous for America?

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NPR Planet Money episode 482 asks why the US keeps sending weapons to Egypt. We continue to give Egypt $1.5 billion a year, $1.3 billion of which goes to the Egyptian military. Policy proponents say this money comes back to the US, since Egypt spends this money on American weapons.

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Does The Average American Know Anything About The Shutdown and Budget?

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What does the shutdown mean to the average American? Besides all the political drama and childishness between Republicans and Democrats, what does the average person actually know? What do they think about our debt ceiling and how much do they care?

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Are Health Insurance Brokers Like Car Salesmen?

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Sure, health insurance companies tell us we need brokers to help us pick a health insurance plan.  But if you found out how much of your monthly premium goes toward their pay every month, would you still be willing to

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Fact or Myth: Universal Healthcare Is Possible For America?

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The official White House website about the Care Act includes a “facts and myths” section.  A myth pops up on the first page warning “Health reform will lead to a government takeover of healthcare.”  It’s ironic, because this sounds like a scary

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The Truth About Privatized Prisons & 3 Ways To Improve Them

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On the October 10, 2013 episode of The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Thom discusses why privatized prisons are a problem. The US leads the world with the most incarcerations. It’s because the more people privatized prisons jail, the higher

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What Does The Shutdown Say About Politicians’ Common Sense?

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Several days into the government shutdown, it’s obvious many politicians are out of touch with reality. They seemingly live in a bubble where they don’t realize how their decisions might affect reality. Sure, they’re using it as a bargaining chip

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477- Waiting for Robot Nannies: Would Japan Really Hire Immigrant Nannies?

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“Waiting for Robot Nannies” was an informative episode about Japan’s problem getting mothers back into the workplace. Over half of Japanese mothers leave their jobs after childbirth. The Planet Money hosts explain this is a problem because there won’t be

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<3 NPR Planet Money Commentary

One of my favorite podcasts is NPR’s Planet Money. I’ve listened to it off and on since it started in 2008. One reason I love this show is because it does a great job explaining interesting and complex economic concepts

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An Argument for Forced Health Insurance

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I don’t like the idea of being forced to buy insurance if I’m healthy and won’t need it. It’s not fair to coerce people into paying for others’ healthcare. But did you consider who pays for the uninsured’s healthcare now?

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