Thursday, May 31, 2012

Iran has condemned the violence in Syria, but many still see it as Syria’s strongest ally. Afshin Molavi of the New America Foundation discusses Iran's role in Middle East stability. Plus: the candidates for NJ's 10th Congressional District Democratic primary; Alison Bechdel on graphic novels; and how to make connections that matter in your 20s.

Face Off

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The implications of the deepening debt crisis in Europe. Plus: Murray Weiss, journalist at, discusses why Etan Patz’s family is skeptical of the alleged killer’s confession; a U.S. immigration agent talks about his work in the U.S.-Mexico “border wars”; NJ congressmen Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell face off in the wake of redistricting; and what the possible fare hike will mean for NYC taxi drivers.  

Still Outstanding

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Freelancers Union has tracked outstanding payments owed to freelancers as part of their World's Longest Invoice project. Founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union, Sara Horowitz, discusses. Plus, Douglas Brinkley on Walter Cronkite; David Sanger on the latest political news; and a conversation about the “new black politician.”

Decoration Day

Monday, May 28, 2012

John Horgan, science journalist and author of The End of War, discusses war and human nature Then: a discussion about representations of war in popular culture; Sam Harris makes his case that there’s no such thing as free will and that there; and the author Julia Alvarez on Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Asset Class

Friday, May 25, 2012

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains the role of private equity, venture capital, and Bain in our economy. Plus: Paul Chappell, Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Iraq War veteran, continues the End of War series; the mild winter and mosquitoes; and a look at the Live Action Role-Playing subculture.

Fight For Your Right

Thursday, May 24, 2012

What went wrong with the Facebook IPO? We’ll discuss. Plus: Rutgers law professor Carlos Ball discusses his new book on the legal history of LGBT families and the transformation of parenting; NJPR’s Nancy Solomon on the sentencing of Dharun Ravi; London School of Economics professor Fawaz Gerges discusses his new book on Obama and the Middle East; and psychologist Meg Jay offers advice for 20-somethings in the workplace.

Black and White, Up and Down

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post is now the author of Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent. Plus: Dana Stevens, Slate’s film critic and co-host of Slate’s Culture Gabfest, previews the upcoming summer movie season and what shouldn’t be missed; we take your calls on your employment status and WNYC’s Charlie Herman talks about New York City’s positive job numbers; and the Tiny Museum series concludes at the Hoboken Historical Museum.

To The Point

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, and Sister Mary Johnson of Emmanuel College discuss the roles of nuns today and respond to the criticism of their work. Plus: Jorge Ramos of Univision; Pew’s Andrew Kohut discusses a new study on the effectiveness of public polls; and the Queens County Farm Museum is the next stop on the tour of tiny museums.

In The Court of Public Opinion

Monday, May 21, 2012

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman checks in on the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, which he co-chairs. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today on political headlines; Dahlia Lithwick from Slate talks about public opinion and constitutional issues; Time’s Joel Stein reflects on fatherhood; and a profile of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx.

The War Within

Friday, May 18, 2012

Heidi Moore of Marketplace talks about the FBI investigation into the $3 billion loss at JP Morgan Chase. Then, the founder and CEO of Tumblr; Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women and the former Chilean president, reflects on the role women have in war and peace; and the “tiny museums” pledge drive series continues with the Noguchi Museum.

A Class Act

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Christopher Hayes, editor-at-large of The Nation and host of "Up w/ Chris Hayes" on MSNBC discusses the re-surfacing debt ceiling debate and why Americans Elect couldn’t find a candidate. Plus: Our May series continues on people in their 20’s; a federal ruling allows for class-action status in the stop-and-frisk lawsuit; listener pitches on ideas for a grand-scale public art project; and the Tiny Museum series continues.

Past Participle

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

U.S. Under Secretary of Education, Martha Kanter, will discuss the rising cost of higher education. Plus: trends to keep an eye on in the Obama-Romney race; a new collection of campaign posters illustrates the history of U.S. elections; enthusiasts as the soul of American entrepreneurship; and the tiny museums series continues with the Waterfront Museum.

Money on the Mind

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson; WNYC's Bob Hennelly previews an important NJ congressional Democratic primary; the bike share landscape; how NYC tech start-ups compete; and a new mini-series on tiny museums.

Make or Break Case

Monday, May 14, 2012

Edward Conard, former Bain Capital managing director, defends the one percent and makes the case for inequality. Plus: Is the Brooklyn D.A. giving preferential treatment to the Orthodox Jewish community during a sex abuse investigation?; and the latest from the House of Representatives. Then: the idea of the outsourced self; and the Listserve project aims to attract one million people.

So Attached

Friday, May 11, 2012

The effect Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage may have on the black vote. Then, Facebook’s IPO; Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf; and the 20th anniversary of “attachment parenting”. Plus: controlled experiments for public policy; and novelist John Irving on his new novel.

An Evolving Situation

Thursday, May 10, 2012

President Obama endorses gay marriage. We’ll take your calls. Plus: a new weekly series on advice for people in their 20’s with psychologist Meg Jay, the Guantanamo trial of KSM, commissioner of the NYC Office of Media and Entertainment, Katherine Oliver, on the state of the city’s film industry; and whether being 1/32nd Cherokee should count.

The Money Source

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

It’s a Free Country reporter, Anna Sale, talks about how races around the country seek funding in New York. Plus: the debate continues over fracking upstate with actor Alec Baldwin and environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr.; and how finance links inequality to economic instability.

You Can Do Better

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Former senator, Bill Bradley, reviews the state of the nation in his new book, We Can All Do Better. Plus: the morality of the free enterprise economic model; and the possibility of using thorium as a clean energy source. 


Monday, May 07, 2012

The Obama campaign has created an online representation of a typical middle class woman named “Julia”. Eleanor Clift of Newsweek explains. Then: how “Julia” might fare under the Bloomberg administration. Plus: teaching current events in the classroom; should college football be banned?; and the challenge of abandoned bikes. 

The Professional Advocates

Friday, May 04, 2012

Slate political reporter and MSNBC contributor, Dave Weigel, discusses Mitt Romney’s relationship with social conservatives following the resignation of gay aide, Richard Grenell. Plus: affordable housing in New Jersey 40 years after the Mount Laurel decision; philanthropist Eli Broad on his new book; we take calls on whether aspiring lawyers should rethink their decision; and novelist Julia Alvarez talks about her new book and her work in the Dominican Republic. 

Leaving Home

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, David Sanger, discusses the latest political developments in Afghanistan, Egypt, and China. Plus: the Guardian’s editorial cartoonist, Steve Bell, discusses his approach to politics around the world; political scientist, Ian Bremmer, on how the world is facing a leadership vacuum; and why children mature when they are away from home. 

Would You Rather?

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

NPR reporter David Folkenflik talks about yesterday’s report from British legislators that called Rupert Murdoch “unfit” to lead News Corp. Plus: journalist Steve Coll discusses the relationship between ExxonMobil and American power; a report finds inequities in the city’s school system; former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather on his life in the news; and the economics of soccer. 

The Boss Needs You

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Where is the Occupy Wall Street movement in honor of May Day? We’ll check in on today’s planned general strike. Plus: Irish President Michael D. Higgins, on his country’s economy; the Tony Award nominations are announced; an update on the China dissident crisis with James Fallows of The Atlantic; and WNYC’s Bob Hennelly on the Brooklyn terror trial.