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We’re taking a look at the diverse industry of gaming and gambling. They can form the identity of cities and states, and change their communities for better or worse. Opinions are split on whether gambling is a good thing. Supporters say casinos create jobs and bring in revenue. Opponents see an increase in corruption around casinos, compulsive gambling problems, and higher crime rates.
We’ll explore all of that today, from the industry’s history to where it may be headed. We’ll look at the prosperity as well as the problems gaming can create for both customers and communities. With a bill aimed at legalizing gaming in the Bay State currently gaining steam, now is as good a time as ever to be informed about the gambling industry.
To start we’ll discuss Native Americans in the casino industry with Emma Weinstein, and just why so many casinos are on Native American soil.
Faryn Tobler will tell us about online gambling, the money it makes, and how the government is trying to crack down on the practice.
Arjun Singh introduces us to a different kind of addiction, an addiction to gambling. He’ll tell us how to recognize it and why people get addicted.
Naomi Petrovsky explains the Bay State’s casino bill currently under debate, and how it could change the identity and legacy of the state.
Finally Rebecca Morris expands on how communities around casinos could be at risk for economic decline and other problems.
To close the hour we’ll talk with Randy Fine, the owner of the Fine Point Group, a casino consulting firm. Casinos call him to get help with a variety of problems, from profitability and security to marketing. He’ll explain his company’s role in the industry and his views on many of the issues at hand in the gaming business.
Reporters (in order of appearance): Emma-Jean Weinstein, Faryn Tobler, Arjun Singh, Naomi Petrovsky, Rebecca Morris
Producers: Steve Burns, Maria Spiridigliozzi
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