WBEZ | Occupy London http://www.wbez.org/tags/occupy-london Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Researcher finds wealth distribution linked to health of societies http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/researcher-finds-wealth-distribution-linked-health-societies-93853 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-08/occupy3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Americans are taught early on that “all men are created equal.” But people taking part in Occupy Wall Street would argue that’s no longer the case.</p><p>The protesters are angry about the enormous gap between the rich and poor and frustrated by rising unemployment, foreclosures and corporate bonuses.</p><p>British epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson studies income inequality in developed countries. He’s found that people who live in more equal societies tend to fare better on a whole range of social indicators, from education to health to violence.</p><p>Richard, who also co-authored the book <em><a href="http://www.bloomsburypress.com/books/catalog/spirit_level_hc_362" target="_blank">The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger</a></em>, spoke with Worldview's Jerome McDonnell about his findings - including why country like Denmark has far more upward mobility than the United States.&nbsp;</p><p>Click on the audio link atop the page to hear their conversation in its entirety.</p><p><strong>Watch Richard's TED Talk, "How economic inequality harms societies":</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><object width="526" height="374"><param name="movie" value="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"><param name="bgColor" value="#ffffff"><param name="flashvars" value="vu=http://video.ted.com/talk/stream/2011G/Blank/RichardWilkinson_2011G-320k.mp4&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/RichardWilkinson_2011G-embed.jpg&amp;vw=512&amp;vh=288&amp;ap=0&amp;ti=1253&amp;lang=&amp;introDuration=15330&amp;adDuration=4000&amp;postAdDuration=830&amp;adKeys=talk=richard_wilkinson;year=2011;theme=medicine_without_borders;theme=rethinking_poverty;theme=unconventional_explanations;theme=not_business_as_usual;event=TEDGlobal+2011;tag=Culture;tag=Global+Issues;tag=data;tag=money;tag=social+change;tag=visualizations;&amp;preAdTag=tconf.ted/embed;tile=1;sz=512x288;"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#ffffff" flashvars="vu=http://video.ted.com/talk/stream/2011G/Blank/RichardWilkinson_2011G-320k.mp4&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/RichardWilkinson_2011G-embed.jpg&amp;vw=512&amp;vh=288&amp;ap=0&amp;ti=1253&amp;lang=&amp;introDuration=15330&amp;adDuration=4000&amp;postAdDuration=830&amp;adKeys=talk=richard_wilkinson;year=2011;theme=medicine_without_borders;theme=rethinking_poverty;theme=unconventional_explanations;theme=not_business_as_usual;event=TEDGlobal+2011;tag=Culture;tag=Global+Issues;tag=data;tag=money;tag=social+change;tag=visualizations;&amp;preAdTag=tconf.ted/embed;tile=1;sz=512x288;" pluginspace="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" src="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="526" height="374"></object></p></p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/researcher-finds-wealth-distribution-linked-health-societies-93853