The relationship between neighborhoods and well-being
Friday, September 21, 2012 - 09:39 Cameron Spencer/Getty Images The sun sets over the New York city skyline. In the '90s, a federal program called " Moving to Opportunity " gave housing vouchers to very poor families in five of America's biggest cities. The idea was to move out of their present neighborhood, and presumably to somewhere better. A new report in the journal Science tells us a few important things about how those families fared -- some of it's encouraging; some of it, not so much. Over time, the study found, quality of life -- in terms of physical and mental health -- does improve when people are moved to these less poverty-striken neighborhoods. There was less evidence, however, that economic status really improved. Robert Sampson is a sociologist at Harvard -- he has studied the "Moving to Opportunity" program himself, and wrote an accompanying article evaluating the report. "The good news," says Sampson, "is that when we shift people out of extreme poverty, and we follow ...
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There's no place like home? Not if your candidate loses
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 14:10 Allison Joyce/Getty Images A JetBlue plane is seen at John F. Kennedy International Airport April 27, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. This final note today, apropos of the debate, I guess. JetBlue has a new contest it's running; the big prize is a free flight. But it's a one-way flight so you can flee the country...when the candidate you didn't vote for wins. So it's funny, right? But also sort of really... not. Marketplace for Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Kai Ryssdal Podcast Title: There's no place like home? Not if your candidate loses Story Type: Blog Syndication: Flipboard Business Slacker Soundcloud
PODCAST: Animal tracks and T-Mobile pacts
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 11:27 Andrew Burton/Getty Images A T-Mobile store is seen at 7th Avenue and 49th Street in New York City. Today police in Tehran fought with money changers and other protesters in front of the country's central bank. Inflation in Iran is running at a shocking clip: the Iranian rial has lost 25 percent of its value against the dollar in just the past week, and there is lots of blame to go around -- including some directed at the U.S. The Mortgage Bankers Association says applications for home mortgages surged last week. Interest rates are at record lows, thanks in part to the Federal Reserve's latest stimulus operations, and data from the payroll processing company ADP says private employers added 162,000 jobs last month -- still slow, but more than economists had expected. T-Mobile, America's struggling fourth-place wireless company, says it has finally reached a merger deal -- but not with one of the big guys. We all get to watch tonight's first presidential ...