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Seven dollars and twenty-five cents is the federal minimum wage and, this week, workers in 7 cities have gone to the streets demanding their pay be doubled to 15 dollars an hour.  They hope to embarrass brands like McDonald’s—chains claiming their franchisees provide short-term, entry-level jobs while only making marginal profits. The Detroit Institute of Arts includes masterpieces from all over the world.  Will they be sold off in bankruptcy proceedings—or protected as essential to “the soul of the city?”  And on today’s Talking Point, after five weeks in a Moscow airport, the fugitive leaker Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum—with permission to live, and possibly work, in Russia for at least a year.  

Banner Image: Protester holds up a sign at a demonstration outside McDonald's in NYC, Andrew Kelly/REUTERS

Reporter's Notebook Detroit Bankruptcy May Put Art Museum Collection at Risk 7 MIN, 43 SEC
Since it’s founding in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts, or DIA, has collected acknowledged masterpieces by American artists and others from all over the world.  The prospect of selling them off to pay creditors has raised questions about the soul of the city.

Guests:
Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press (@Mark_Stryker)

Making News Russia Grants One-Year Asylum to Edward Snowden 7 MIN, 44 SEC

After five weeks in a Moscow airport, the fugitive leaker Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum—with permission to live, and possibly work, in Russia for at least a year. 

Guests:
Andrew Kramer, New York Times (@AndrewKramerNYT)

Main Topic Should Fast Food Workers Get a ‘Living Wage?’ 35 MIN, 13 SEC

Seven dollars and twenty-five cents is the federal minimum wage and, this week, workers in 7 cities have gone to the streets demanding their pay be doubled to 15 dollars an hour.  They hope to embarrass brands like McDonald’s—chains claiming their franchisees provide short-term, entry-level jobs while only making marginal profits.What would increased wages mean for the price of fast food? Is there likely to be any change? 

Guests:
Josh Eidelson, freelance journalist (@josheidelson)
Michael Saltsman, Employment Policies Institute (@mike_saltsman)
Tessie Harrell, Burger King
Daniel Gross, Daily Beast (@grossdm)

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