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April 16th Show


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There's more to Mexico than spring break and immigration debates. It's the United States' second largest trading partner. In our first hour, guests will talk about President Obama's upcoming visit to Mexico and how we are directly affected by what happens south of the border. Then, "Ask Amy" syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson will discuss the role parents play in this economy. In good times, parents often help their children with down payments, tuition, free room and board. Now, Amy says parents can add a new word for the new economy: "No."

It turns out the idea that this recession hurts everyone equally could just be a myth. It's not the middle-class families who are bearing the brunt of the recession. In our second hour, Steven Greenhouse, labor and workplace correspondent for The New York Times, and Andrew Sum, professor of economics and director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, will each talk about who is being hit the hardest in this slumping economy. Then, linguist Geoffrey Pullum, co-author of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, explains why he is NOT celebrating the 50th anniversary of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. Pullum published his own grammatically correct article for this week's Chronicle of Higher Education entitled, "50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice."



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