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This edition: Tracking Drug Abuse in the Twittersphere

Episode Details

Original tape date: January 15, 2014.

First aired: January 22, 2014.

First up, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free-Trade Agreement (TPP). It covers eleven countries from Chile to Vietnam. The Obama administration wants it passed early this year, but our guests say “free trade” hardly describes it. Joining us via Skype from Washington, Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. And from Austin, former Texas agricultural commissioner, activist and syndicated columnist, Jim Hightower.

Next, in our Public Intellectual segment, where we look at new studies with the power to change minds and public policy, a researcher finds that she can track prescription drug abuse from the Twitterverse. Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone, professor of emergency medicine is lead author of the study and joins us via Skype from Philadephia.

Then, in terms of household income, exactly how unequal are New Yorkers? How much has wealth concentrated over the last couple of decades? The data show an extraordinary and growing concentration of wealth, not just in the city at large, but within each major race and ethnic group. Quantitative research associate Justine Calcagno crunched the numbers and joins Brian.

Autism. There are some new insights into the disorder coming to light via one man's unique understanding of his son's behavior, which could lead to more effective treatment. Here to tell us his story and share her own experience is Time Magazine neuroscience journalist Maia Szalavitz.

Guest List

Justine Calcagno Researcher, Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies

Jim Hightower Former Texas Agricultural Commissioner

Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone Prof. of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Maia Szalavitz Neuroscience Journalist, TIME

Lori M. Wallach Director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

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