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Tuesday, April 21

Working in Atlantic City casinos

Guests: Deborah Figart, Ellen Mutari

Atlantic City casinos have been hit hard in recent years. The recession, Superstorm Sandy and competition from neighboring states have led to steep revenue declines and have forced four of the city’s casinos to close. This has meant that thousands of casino workers have lost their jobs. Two New Jersey economists have been tracking the work and lives of Atlantic City’s casino employees for almost a decade and have watched the impact that economic instability has had on the community. Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with DEBORAH FIGART, Professor of Education and Economics at Stockton University and ELLEN MUTARI, Professor of Economics at the Stockton University about the book they’ve written together, Just One More Hand: Life in the Casino Economy.

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Is it always unhealthy to be fat?

Guests: Harriet Brown, Michael Lowe, Rexford Ahima

It’s been two years since the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease, and by current metrics, two-thirds of Americans qualify as overweight according to the National Institute of Health. Conventional thinking suggests that overweight and obese people could eat better and exercise more to lose weight and be healthier. But, is it always unhealthy to be overweight? And how accurate are the metrics by which we measure proper weight? Some new thinking calls into question the merits of dieting and the health risks of obesity. Today, guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan is joined by professor and journalist HARRIET BROWN, author of Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight–and What We Can Do about It. We are also joined by MICHAEL LOWE, professor of psychology at Drexel University and founder of the Lowe Lab which researches eating and weight regulation. And, we’ll hear from REXFORD AHIMA, director of the obesity unit at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

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