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September 19th: What's On Today's Show

by Gwen Outen
Sep 19, 2011

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Getting Out Of Poverty
According to the latest census data, a record 46 million Americans now live in poverty. Analysts attribute the increase, in large part, to a lack of jobs and fewer safety nets for poor families. For each person in poverty there is a unique story of how they got there. To regain your financial footing, many experts argue, requires a number of specific steps. Host Neal Conan talks about getting out of poverty with Arthur Berman, executive director of Twin Cities Rising, and Ben Mangan, CEO of EARN and lecturer at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business — two organizations with different approaches to combating poverty. He also speaks with Sudhir Venkatesh, professor at Columbia University about the latest poverty statistics.

Obama's Deficit Plan
This morning, President Obama unveiled his plan to reduce the federal deficit by more than $3 trillion over the next ten years. The plan consists of $580 billion in reduced spending for benefit programs, ato Republicans, the president also called for $1.5 trillion in tax increases, primarily on the wealthy and corporations. Neal Conan talks with NPR's Ron Elving about the details and the politics of President Obama's plan.

Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook is best known for his portrayal of Mark Twain. But before he became an Oscar-nominated actor, beloved for his roles in film and on stage, he had to make it through a difficult childhood. Abandoned by his mother, visiting his father in the insane asylum, enduring repeated beatings at boarding school — all until he lost, and found himself in acting. We'll talk to Hal Holbrook about his memoir, Harold: the Boy Who Became Mark Twain.

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