This American Life on Public Radio aired a program called “Trends with Benefits”. The number of Americans receiving federal disability payments has nearly doubled over the last 15 years. There are towns and counties around the nation where almost 1/4 of adults are on disability. Planet Money‘s Chana Joffe-Walt spent 6 months exploring the disability program, and emerges with a story of the U.S. economy quite different than the one we’ve been hearing
“Need to Know” on PBS examines how behavioral economics is being used to encourage low-income workers to save for the future. Correspondent William Brangham reports from Vermont how workers who have repaid emergency loans through automatic paycheck deductions continue to take the lower amount in their paychecks and save the difference after the loan is paid off. Then, correspondent Brian Epstein reports about a plan put forth by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which offers incentives to low-wage earners who save their tax refunds. Finally, Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University speaks on how we think about money.
Homes for All
Minnesota’s affordable housing communities are an essential part of the state’s economic and social health. Join us for an in-depth conversation with residents, experts and community leaders that will show you the many ways Minnesotan’s benefit when we’re able to provide homes for all. Co-produced with MN Housing Partnership.
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