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in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Pay wages comparable to the cost of living

File under: income, Human and civil rights, public perception

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From: Jan L., Fairfield, ME

When the poor are asked how to end poverty, they instantly reply: "Give us enough money." This is true if you are working at a job paying under $10 an hour, or on disability or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Since 1349 and 1350 (no mistake in the years), the labor laws decided that workers were being paid to much. And this attitude has stuck to 2010.

We must have an economy of love, rather than one of gross profits for businesses. It's time to turn away from "whatever the market will bear," to "what is fair," a modest profit for all, and everyone paid a real, livable wage.

We need to educate the wealthy.


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science-smart

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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