Public Health Workers, Railroad Crossing Safety, Federal Deficit

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Both major parties say the federal deficit is a problem, but it keeps growing. We talk with an economist who says it might not be as harmful as with thing. We also talk about why more public health officials are leaving their posts. Plus, why a rail line in Plymouth lacks safety features at its crossings.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Lori Freeman Guest
  • Payton Guion Guest
  • Stephanie Kelton Guest
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director

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