AirTalk for Jun 08, 2009

House passes parental leave act

The U.S. House recently passed the Federal Employee Paid Parental Leave Act, which allows federal workers to take four weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Some lawmakers are criticizing the bill as it goes to the Senate for approval, citing its projected cost of almost $1 billion. The United States is one of only two industrialized countries that does not offer paid maternity leave, along with Australia. Larry Mantle discusses the debate over parental leave.

North Korea convicts 2 U.S. journalists

U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been sentenced in North Korea to 12 years in prison and hard labor. Ling and Lee are alleged to have crossed the border between China and North Korea illegally while committing "hostile acts". The two journalists were filming a documentary for Current TV, co-founded by ex Vice President Al Gore. Larry Mantle finds out more about their conviction.
In his new book "Life Inc", author Douglas Rushoff traces the way we have incorporated the corporation in our every day lives. Ruskoff, a social theorist and filmmaker argues that we have completely adopted the values of corporations giving up on our own personal values in favor of market-tested solutions for everything from finding a date to losing weight. According to the author, the only way out of this predicament is to revamp our entire economic system and return to strictly local economies that shun corporate models of commerce and interaction.
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