Alex Blumberg http://apr.org en Planet Money T-Shirt Exposes Issues Of Work, Trade And Clothes http://apr.org/post/planet-money-t-shirt-exposes-issues-work-trade-and-clothes All this week, <em>All Things Considered</em> and <em>Morning Edition</em> has aired stories about the global journey a T-shirt makes from seed to finished product. Over the months NPR's Planet Money team spent reporting the series, they tackled questions about trade, work and clothes play in the global economy. There's a whole lot more about a simple T-shirt's journey from cotton to completion <a href="http://www.planetmoney.com/shirt" target="_self">here</a>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:18:00 +0000 Alex Blumberg 42853 at http://apr.org Planet Money T-Shirt Exposes Issues Of Work, Trade And Clothes The Fiscal Cliff: A Love Story http://apr.org/post/fiscal-cliff-love-story America, if you're scared by all the talk you've been hearing about the fiscal cliff, take heart: There are reasons for people across the political spectrum to love the cliff.<p>There's a lot for liberals to like in the fiscal cliff, says <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.matthew_yglesias.html" target="_blank">Matthew Yglesias</a>, who writes wonky articles about economics for Slate.<p>Take the spending cuts. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:32:00 +0000 Alex Blumberg 22594 at http://apr.org Why The Falling Birthrate Is Bad News For My 2-Year-Old Son http://apr.org/post/why-falling-birth-rate-bad-news-my-2-year-old-son The U.S. birthrate just fell to its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/11/29/166181293/the-birth-rate-just-hit-a-record-low-thats-bad-news-for-medicare" target="_blank">lowest point since we've been keeping track</a>. Here's why that may be a problem for my 2-year-old son.<p>Right now, I, my colleagues and everybody else with a job is paying to support our parents, our grandparents and all the other elderly people in the U.S. who currently receive Medicare and Social Security. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 07:54:00 +0000 Alex Blumberg 21648 at http://apr.org Why The Falling Birthrate Is Bad News For My 2-Year-Old Son Does Medicaid Make People Healthier? http://apr.org/post/does-medicaid-make-people-healthier A while back, Robin Boros lost her job, and she and her husband couldn't afford health insurance.<p>One time, Boros passed out, and her husband called an ambulance.<p>"The hospital bill, it was atrocious," she says. "We couldn't pay it."<p>They never figured out why Boros passed out. But after that, she and her husband avoided going to the doctor. At times, she says, she even bought blood pressure medication on the street.<p>"That was awful," Boros says. "But you do what you got to do."<p>Boros lives in Oregon. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 22:14:00 +0000 Alex Blumberg 14055 at http://apr.org Does Medicaid Make People Healthier? Why Does The Mortgage-Interest Tax Deduction Still Exist? http://apr.org/post/why-does-mortgage-interest-tax-deduction-still-exist <em>This is the latest story in our series on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=149649575" target="_blank">money in politics</a>.</em><p>If you have a mortgage on your home, you can deduct the interest from your taxes. It's a popular, well-entrenched policy. But according to one policy adviser to a U.S. senator, "the mortgage-interest deduction, from a purely policy perspective ... Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:56:00 +0000 Alex Blumberg 411 at http://apr.org Why Does The Mortgage-Interest Tax Deduction Still Exist?