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The Hidden Costs
Last Featured: 5/19/2008

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A major focus for voters in the race for president is concern over the economy. But what are the hidden costs behind headline issues like soaring food prices, free trade agreements, as well as the war in Iraq? On this edition of Justice Talking, we’ll look at why food prices are going up and how some Americans are struggling to put food on the table; we’ll talk about whether trade agreements are good or bad for America’s workforce; and Linda Bilmes explains how she and a Nobel Prize-winning economist determined that the war is costing a staggering three trillion dollars.

Rising Food Prices in the United States
Host Margot Adler speaks with public policy analyst Stacy Dean about how food costs are affecting low-income Americans.

Stacy Dean is the Director of Food Assistance Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she works to improve the food stamp program and provide eligible low-income families easier access to its benefits.

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The Price of Eggs: Why Food Prices Fluctuate
Host Margot Adler speaks with economics professor Bruce Babcock about why food prices are going up.

Bruce Babcock is a professor of economics and the director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University.

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Debate: Free Trade Agreements
Host Margot Adler speaks with Christopher Wenk, Senior Director of International Policy at the United States Chamber of Commerce and Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO to discuss free trade and its impact on American jobs.

Christopher Wenk is the Senior Director of International Policy at the United States Chamber of Commerce, which is the world’s largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.

Richard L. Trumka was re-elected to a fourth term as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL CIO in July 2005. He was first elected in 1995, the youngest secretary-treasurer in AFL CIO history, as part of an insurgent campaign to reinvigorate the American labor movement.

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The Cost of War
Host Margot Adler speaks with public finance professor Linda Bilmes about the economic and human cost of the war in Iraq.

Linda J. Bilmes is a professor of public finance at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Along with Nobel prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, she’s written the book The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict.

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The Hidden Faces of the War
Host Margot Adler speaks with political science professor Deborah Avant about the use of private contractors in the war in Iraq.

Deborah D. Avant is a Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at University of California at Irvine.

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