The U.S. Budget Battle: The End of American Prosperity? | Science Fields Still an All Boys Club | The Reality in Disability

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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The U.S. Budget Battle: The End of American Prosperity? | Furloughed Employees on Coping with the Shutdown | Science Fields Still an All Boys Club | Yellen is Top Pick to Lead The Fed | Breaking Down Barriers To Classical Music | Antarctica Through the Eyes of Emperor Penguins & the Shutdown | The Reality in Disability

The U.S. Budget Battle: The End of American Prosperity?

The budget battle in Congress continues in Washington. The domestic consequences of a government default could be grave, but the international consequences could be just as dire. Stephen King is HSBC chief economist, and author of “When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence.” He argues that what we are seeing is not just damaging for the U.S. economy, but a sign that the days of American and Western prosperity are over.

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Federal Furloughed Employee on Coping with the Government Shutdown

Nine days into the government shutdown, thousands of federal employees are still on furlough, waiting for Congress and the president to finally reach an agreement. Marcelo del Canto and his wife, Lizette, are both furloughed. Marcelo and Lizette work at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Lizette is a public health analyst and Marcelo is a budget analyst. They describe what it's like to live with uncertainty during the shutdown.

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Science Fields Still an All Boys Club

The recipients of the Noble Prizes this week—from physics, medicine and chemistry—are all men. Last summer, researchers at Yale University found that young male scientists are viewed more favorably than a female one. Eileen Pollack is now a professor of creative writing at University of Michigan, but she was one of the first two women to earn a bachelor of science in physics from Yale. She joins The Takeaway to talk about why she didn't continue her studies in the sciences, and what today’s culture has to do with it.

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Yellen is Top Pick to Lead The Fed

Janet Yellen is now President Barack Obama's official choice to replace Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve when his term expires early next year. Joining us to discuss this news is Elizabeth Duke, a former Federal Reserve governor who joined the board following President George W. Bush's nomination in 2008. Duke served until August of this year.

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Breaking Down Barriers To Classical Music

As the classical music world grapples with the loss of its core listeners, the New World Symphony has been doing interesting things to break down stereotypes when it comes to classical music and classical performance.The Takeaway speaks with Howard Herring, president and CEO of the New World Symphony, about his groundbreaking work to open classical music to a wider audience.

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Antarctica Through the Eyes of Emperor Penguins

Due to a lapse in appropriations caused by the government shutdown, funds for certain government Antarctic research programs will be depleted by October 14, 2013. What's it really like to do research in Antarctica? In the book Empire Antarctica, author Gavin Francis details his 14 month adventure as the base-camp doctor at Halley research station in Antarctica. Today Francis joins The Takeaway to discuss his work and the way forward for Antarctic research.

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The Reality in Disability

The disabled are a convenient metaphor for the movies and storytellers, often portrayed as little puddles of misery and misfortune, or as childlike god creatures full of wisdom. But there is reality in disability. Author Susan Nussbaum joins The Takeaway to explain how she successfully turns disability into a much more powerful metaphor for the world's struggles with oppression and intolerance in her book Good Kings and Bad Kings.

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