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Good Enough for Google

Monday, February 20, 2012

William Poundstone, author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy, shares some of the brain-teasers used to screen applicants at Google and other companies looking for creative thinkers.

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Black Gentrification

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dax-Devlon Ross, law and justice contributor on WOLDC and the author of Beat of a Different Drum: The Untold Stories of African Americans Forging Their Own Paths in Work and Life, writes about his experience as a "black gentrifier" in his Hamilton Heights neighborhood.

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Election Year

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at RealClearPolitics and author of, The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs - and Who Will Take It, looks at the big trends in politics heading in to the election year.

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State of The Bronx

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx borough president, talks about some of his recent State of the Borough address, including FreshDirect's move to Hunt's Point and the Kingsbridge Armory plans.

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It's All Personal

Monday, February 20, 2012

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

Regardless of the outcome of the GOP contests, it may be impossible for either party to form a majority in this year's elections. Elections analyst Sean Trende discusses his new book, "The Lost Majority." Then, author Dax-Devlon Ross considers his role as a gentrifier in Hamilton Heights. Plus, a conversation about how listeners view shifts in their own personal politics; and Patricia Cohen of The New York Times on her book, "In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age"; what's wrong with pink LEGOS?; and how to interview for a job at Google.

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Comptroller Liu on the State of the City

Friday, February 17, 2012

New York City Comptroller - and expected 2013 mayoral candidate - John Liu discusses his state of the city address. 

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This Week in Tech Privacy: Path, Twitter, More

Friday, February 17, 2012

Several companies are facing criticism for the way in which they access your data -- and the way in which Apple makes it available. We discuss Path, Twitter, and this week in privacy with Sam Biddle, editor at Gizmodo.

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Whitney Houston and New Jersey Flags

Friday, February 17, 2012

David Cruz, reporter for NJTV, talks about Whitney Houston's ties to New Jersey and Gov. Christie's decision to fly flags at half-staff in tribute to her. What do you think? Did the Governor make the right call in flying flags at half-staff? Let us know!

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Teacher Evaluation System Announced

Friday, February 17, 2012

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York, discusses how New York State education officials and teachers' unions came to a compromise and how teacher evaluations will be done.

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Oscar Nominated Documentaries: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bruce Sinofsky, director, with Joe Berlinger, of "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," discusses the final film of the trilogy telling the story of three boys murdered in West Memphis and the campaign the filmmakers helped launch to free the teenagers convicted of the crimes. 

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Interracial Marriage at All Time High

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fifteen percent of new marriages are between spouses of different races--and 8.4% of all marriages in the United States are between people of different races. That's an all-time high. Paul Taylor, executive vice president of Pew Research Center, director of Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project, and editor of the new report on interracial marriage in the United States, discusses the trend.

Listeners: Are you in an interracial marriage? Did anyone give you grief about it? Comment here!

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Down to The Wire

Friday, February 17, 2012

New York State education officials and teachers’ unions have reached a last-minute agreement on teacher evaluations. UFT President Michael Mulgrew explains the new system. Then, New York City Comptroller John Liu on his state of the city speech and mayoral hopes. Plus: interracial marriage is at an all-time high; how Newark is honoring Whitney Houston; and one of the directors of the Oscar-nominated documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory explains how the film helped three wrongfully convicted men get freed from prison.

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Watch: Marwan Bishara on Whether War is Inevitable

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst for Al Jazeera English, host of Empire, the monthly show about global powers, and author of The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions, recently visited the WNYC studios. He answered the question at the center of our series End of War: Is War Inevitable?

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Watch: John Horgan On Whether War Is Inevitable

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Science journalist, director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and author of the new book The End of War, John Horgan, recently visited the WNYC studios. He answered the question at the center of our series End of War, which Horgan's book inspired: Is War Inevitable?

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Class Warfare GOP Style, the Tea Party Bind, and Megadeth?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Episode #6: It may be the lull between Florida and Super Tuesday, but lots still going on in GOP race, including an interesting rural/urban divide as Rick Santorum gains momentum. Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, and Todd Zwillich discuss what class warfare means for the GOP; if Romney can talk about the auto industry but not the bailout; and how the Tea Party continues to put Republican leadership in a bind. Oh, and yeah: Jeremy Lin.

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Why Michigan Matters

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR, discusses the Michigan primary, how Mitt Romney is talking about his stance on the auto bailout, and Rick Santorum’s rise.

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Oscar Nominated Documentaries: If a Tree Falls

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Marshall Curry, director of If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, discusses his look at the post-9/11 prosecution of a 90s-era "eco-terrorist."

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The Al Jazeera Revolution

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst for Al Jazeera English, host of Empire, the monthly show about global powers, and author of The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions, counters the perception of the "Arab Spring" as a spontaneous uprising.

EVENT: "The Invisible Arab", a discussion with Marwan Bishara of Al Jazeera, hosted by the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, takes place this evening, Thursday, February 16th from 6pm-8pm. Registration is required and doors open at 5:30pm. To register, click here.

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The Global Parent: Family and Community

Thursday, February 16, 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 parents draw the lines around family and community.

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