GUESTS: Marc Miringoff/ Director, Fordham Institute for Social Policy Lead Researcher, Social Health Index Susan Mayer/ Associate Professor, Harris Graduate School for PublicPolicy, University of Chicago; Author, What Money Can't Buy: Family Income andChildren's Life Chances (Harvard University Press, 1997) Most Americans are familiar with the scales that measure and track the economy, professional sports, the weather... but there's also an index that monitors the combined impact of problems like infant mortality, affordable housing and drug abuse. The Social Health Index addresses the cumulative effect of a number of social problems and evaluates the overall quality of life in America over time. Join host Ray Suarez and guests for a look at the best and worst years for the nation's social health, social trends, problem areas, and more.
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