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November 22, 2007

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Many people in America are challenged by low skills, low education attainment and low pay. It's not an easy set of problems to solve, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made it a priority of his second term to reduce New York's poverty rate. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs is his point person for the effort and she is with us this week to tell us what New York is doing and what progress the city in making. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Mayor, Linda was the Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services. During the Giuliani Administration, she served as the Deputy Commissioner for Management and Planning for the Administration for Children's Services.

We'll also talk to Alex Frankel, who has seen entry level work from a rare perspective. He set out to work front line jobs at some of America's best known companies, including Starbucks, Whole Foods, Enterprise Car Rental and UPS. Alex documented his experiences in his new book, Punching In: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee. Alex is a San Francisco-based writer who has written about business culture and adventure for Wired, Fast Company, the New York Times Magazine and Outside.

We visit the front lines, this week on Smart City.

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