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Insightful weekly commentary on news & current events from economist Antony Davies and political scientist James R. Harrigan.

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October 2, 2019

As the saying goes, nothing can be certain except death and taxes. Thousands of people die every year from a remarkably wide variety of causes. What are the top five causes of death in the US? Are you more likely to be killed by a knife than a gun? What do diet and exercise have to do with death? Join Antony Davies and James Harrigan as they cover death by rare diseases, vaping, firearms and more in this week’s episode of Words & Numbers.

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Speculators-Street Roots News

San Francisco library eliminates overdue fines

Foolishness of the week

Confessing one’s climate sins-01

Confessing one’s climate sins-02

Topic of the week: What will kill you


Rare disease spread by mosquitoes

Gun Violence

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