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This edition: Getting to "Vision Zero" Traffic Fatalities in NYC

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Original tape date: February 3, 2014.

First aired: February 5, 2014.

In our first segment, a Sochi Olympics primer. This year's games are being held in a restive region with a long history of conflict, and the $50 billion cost and accompanying corruption are adding to the tension. Joining us via Skype, Charles King, professor of International Affairs and Government Relations at Georgetown University in Washington. He is also the author of “The Black Sea: A History.”

Next up, we evaluate “Vision Zero,” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to dramatically reduce traffic fatalities on New York City streets. Deaths like these occur nearly every other day -- 156 pedestrian fatalities in New York City last year. In response, Mayor de Blasio wants to move ahead quickly. How can we best change traffic flow and our behavior? What can we learn from other cities? Brian is joined by Juan Martinez, general council and legislative director of Transportation Alternatives. And, “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz, former New York City Traffic Commissioner. You can catch his regular “Gridlock Sam” column in the New York Daily News.

Then, a job hunting "catch 22": is it ruining your resume to admit you still need a job? The amount of time job-seekers spend unemployed is sky high and 38% of the jobless have been out of work for six months or more. Recently, at the urging of president Obama, 20 corporate CEO's have agreed to reassess their hiring practices to make sure they are not biased against the long-term unemployed. Joining Brian via Skype to discuss the startling results of research that is bringing this hiring bias to light, and to also share insights from a recent follow-up study on long-term unemployment, is study co-author Matthew Notowidigdo, professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

And finally, in our Public Intellectual segment, where we hear about new research that can change our thinking and public policy: how wealth distribution seems to follow the laws of nature -- and other insights from the field of Econophysics. Could income inequality be as predictable as the ways in which gravity works? If so, what would that say about efforts to combat inequality? Joining Brian to explain, Victor Yakovenko from the University of Maryland, part of a movement in the field of physics that studies the economy. His latest work predicts the future of inequality in global energy consumption.

Guest List

Charles King Prof. of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University

Juan Martinez General Council and Legislative Director, Transportation Alternatives

Matthew Notowidigdo Prof. Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Samuel Schwartz Traffic Expert, “Gridlock Sam”

Victor Yankovenko Professor, Department of Physics, University of Maryland

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