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America's growing income inequality is given a human face in a new book called, "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis." Robert Putnam tells stories of how a Middle Class community has divided since he grew up in the 1950's. We hear from him and others about what might be done to restore the social mobility that's one of this country's defining characteristics.

Also, Netanyahu prevails in yesterday's Israeli election, and one of the NFL's upcoming stars has quit the 49ers at age 24. He wants to live "a long, healthy life."

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Producers:
Andrea Brody
Benjamin Gottlieb
Claire Martin

Netanyahu Prevails in Israeli Election 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The White House says President Obama will call to congratulate Benjamin Netanyahu for his surprising success in yesterday's multi-party election. But Press Secretary Josh Earnest also admonished the Israeli Prime Minister for anti-Arab rhetoric used in last-minute campaigning. Yochi Dreazen is managing editor for news at Foreign Policy magazine. 

Guests:
Yochi Dreazen, Foreign Policy magazine (@yochidreazen)

American Inequality: A Children's Story 33 MIN, 20 SEC

The widening gap between America’s haves and have-nots is usually expressed with hard data on the declining wages and incomes of working adults. Sociologist Robert Putnam takes a different approach — using personal stories to show how poor children lose the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Family and community life that used to help poor kids prepare for the future are on the decline. Is the Internet making things better or worse? Is inequality becoming an issue in next year’s presidential campaign — for both political parties?

Guests:
Robert Putnam, Harvard University (@robertdputnam)
Duncan Campbell, Friends of the Children (@FOTCNational)
Andrew Keen, tech-industry commentator (@ajkeen)

More:
Keen's 'The Internet Is Not the Answer'
David Bornstein mentors and at-risk children

Our Kids

Robert D. Putnam

What Does Chris Borland's Retirement Mean for the NFL? 10 MIN, 2 SEC

Recent studies about concussions and the risk of brain damage have raised the question of whether it is safe to play football. One young, potential NFL all-star has decided the answer is, "no."

Chris Borland was a top rookie for the San Francisco 49ers this past season — and when veteran linebacker Patrick Willis retired this month, Borland knew he was the heir apparent. But he decided it wouldn't be worth it. "I just don't want to get in a situation where I'm negotiating my health for money. And who knows how many hits is too many…I'm not willing to sacrifice 15-20 years of my life … I could be wrong, I hope I am, I hope my friends and teammates who've played this game and decide to continue to play this game are healthy, but for me, just personally I don't think the risks are worth what I could gain from football."

That's from an interview with ESPN.com, which broke the story of Borland's decision. Steve Fainaru is a senior writer.

Guests:
Steve Fainaru, ESPN (@SteveFainaru)

League of Denial

Mark Fainaru-Wada

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