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The Arizona GOP Debate

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief, discusses the highlights from last night's GOP debate in Arizona ahead of the Michigan primary.

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The Global Parent: Custom and Law

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere in between), joins us weekly in February to talk about the "best practices" of parenting around the world. This week: a look at how pregnancy is treated culturally and legally around the world.

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Backwards and Forwards

Thursday, February 23, 2012

There’s been a record number of deportations under President Obama’s administration, and the current GOP field has been striking a rough tone on immigration. Valeria Fernandez, Feet in 2 Worlds reporter based in Arizona, discusses immigration policy and Latino voters. Plus, highlights from last night’s GOP debate in Arizona with USA Today’s Susan Page. Then: the monthly series continues with a conversation on how pregnancy is treated in different cultures; a memoir provides a look back at what the AIDS crisis meant for the politics of the Lower East Side; and the phone lines are open for calls from parents, teachers and kids on when its okay for children to cook.

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New Jersey Budget

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WNYC senior reporter Bob Hennelly discusses Gov. Christie's budget proposal as well as how Federal budget cuts may affect local services.

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Slow Food From Italy to New Jersey

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jim Weaver, chef and owner of Tre Piani Restaurant in Princeton, co-founder of Slow Food Central New Jersey, and author of Locavore Adventures: One Chef's Slow Food Journey, talks about his work to foster the Italian "slow food" approach to food in New Jersey.

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Church Politics

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On Ash Wednesday, how are you observing Lent this year?  in light of "Vatileaks" and the contraceptive services controversy, does politics affect your religious practice? Paul Moses, former Newsday city editor and senior religion writer, professor of journalism at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace, comes in to discuss.

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Open Phones: No-Snow Economics

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's been a particularly mild winter (remember the days of Snow-mageddon?), with temperatures today reaching into the upper 50s. Are you a "man with a plow", do you sell winter hats or organize ski trips? How is the mild winter affecting your bottom line? Give us a call 212.433.WNYC, or post your story here!

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National Legal News

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate, discusses the proposed Virginia ultrasound law that would mandate performing ultrasounds on women seeking abortions, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear the case on affirmative action in higher education, Fisher vs. University of Texas, and Montana's attempt to reverse the 2010 Citizens United ruling that allowed corporate political spending.

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Emerging Capitalism

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Julia Kirby, editor-at-large at Harvard Business Review, and Christopher Meyer, founder of Monitor Talent, a unit of Monitor Group, are co-authors of Standing on the Sun: How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere. They discuss the ways emerging markets like India, China and Brazil are making the rules for global business.

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The Line Between

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Slate’s Emily Bazelon discusses the thorny legal issues of the week including the proposed Virginia law that would mandate performing ultrasounds on women seeking abortions and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to take on a big case on affirmative action in higher education. Plus: the line between religion and politics in the Catholic Church; WNYC’s Bob Hennelly discusses Governor Christie’s budget proposal and the local implications of Federal spending cuts; how capitalism abroad changes business everywhere; slow food in New Jersey; and the economics of a virtually snow-less winter.

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Loitering Settlement

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

McGregor Smyth, managing attorney in the civil action practice at Bronx Defenders, discusses the recent class action suit around improper loitering violations.

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Democracy in Pakistan

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Nafisa Hoodbhoy, former staff reporter at Dawn, Pakistan's leading English language newspaper, former teacher at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Amherst College, and now author of Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan's Last Decade of Democracy, discusses the politics of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region in the post-9/11 era, and how ethnic violence and women's rights fit into Pakistan's democratic history.

You can see Nafisa Hoodbhoy in conversation with Professor Henry (Chip) Carey and Karen Frillman of WNYC tonight at McNally Jackson bookstore in NYC.

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How Campaigns 'Microtarget' You

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Sasha Issenberg of Slate talks about the different ways campaigns—including the Obama administration—are using data analytics to target their message to voters.  He wrote the piece titled, "Dreamcatcher."

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New Jersey Tea Parties

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Joseph Cummins, New Jersey-based historian and author of Ten Tea Parties: Patriotic Protests That History Forgot, discusses the Tea Party craze - of the colonial era. The little-known Tea Parties (including in New Jersey) tie into the movement known today.

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Preview of Gov. Christie's Budget

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

John Mooney, founding editor of njspotlight.com, looks ahead to this afternoon's budget address by New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.

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Setting The Week in Politics

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country politics reporter and Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, talk about the GOP nomination race, the payroll tax cut extension, and other political news.

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On Target

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Obama administration is using cutting-edge data analytics to target likely voters in the presidential election. Sasha Issenberg of Slate explains how this campaign is different from 2008 and what effect the strategy might have on the election. Plus, political news; Nafisa Hoodbhoy talks about Pakistan and democracy; a preview of Gov. Christie's budget; the details of a recent class action suit around loitering; and the history of Tea Parties.

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What's Wrong With Pink LEGOS?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Deborah Tolman, professor of social welfare and psychology at Hunter College School of Social Work, discusses why she thinks LEGO is selling out girls with it's new collection aimed at them. 

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In the Middle

Monday, February 20, 2012

Patricia Cohen, cultural reporter for The New York Times and the author of In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age, explains how "middle-aged" became a phase of life.

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Open Phones: Youth, Middle Age, and Personal Politics

Monday, February 20, 2012

Churchill and others have said, "If you are not a liberal at twenty you have no heart; if you are not a conservative at forty you have no brain." We asked listeners: how true has that been for you?

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