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Thoughtful Response to Environmental Crises

Monday, December 05, 2011

Small Planet Institute co-founders, Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé, argue that it isn't physical challenges like climate change that threaten us the most, but how we think about them. Frances, author of Diet for a Small Planet, also discusses her new book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.

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Kathryn Wylde on Cuomo's New Tax Plan

Monday, December 05, 2011

Governor Cuomo proposed a new plan Sunday to create jobs, which includes new higher tax rates for the wealthy. Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership of New York City, a network of business leaders, discusses why she supports the new plan even though she has opposed the so called millionaires' tax.

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Liking Newt, Warts and All

Monday, December 05, 2011

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, Georgia-based conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency, Matt Towery, and contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine, Eleanor Clift, talked about the resurgence of Newt Gingrich's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Future NYPL

Monday, December 05, 2011

Scott Sherman, contributing writer to The Nation, reports on some big changes planned for the New York Public Library

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Medicare Open Enrollment

Monday, December 05, 2011

Senior program editor and online columnist at Consumer Reports, Nancy Metcalf, offers advice to procrastinators who are looking to take advantage of Medicare's open enrollment, which ends on Wednesday, 12/7.

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Biomedical Breakthrough

Friday, December 02, 2011

Nancy Kelley, founding executive director of New York Genome Center and Thomas Maniatis, chair of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Columbia University, one of the NYGC founding institutions, talk about the launch of the New York Genome Center, a public-private coalition of universities, medical centers, technology partners and philanthropists.

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Facing the Future

Friday, December 02, 2011

The whole world is watching to see how the Euro Zone debt crisis plays out. "Marketplace's" New York bureau chief Heidi Moore explains the latest turns, and updates the new U.S. unemployment figures out today; David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and a contributor to WNYC, discusses tighter EU sanctions against Iran and the rise of Islamists in North Africa; WNYC’s Transportation Nation director Andrea Bernstein on how our transit system is coping with climate change; the new New York Genome Center; therapeutic video-games for veterans and their families; and a call-in for your examples of recent news that’s got you asking, “Are you kidding me?”

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Middle East and North Africa

Friday, December 02, 2011

David Sangerchief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and a contributor to WNYC, talks about Iran and the rise of elected Islamist governments in North Africa.

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Open Phones: Are You Kidding Me?

Friday, December 02, 2011

A few recent news stories made us say, "Are you kidding me?" Call in with your examples, from news, culture, personal conversations, whatever! 212-433-9692

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Euro Zone Crisis and the U.S. Economy

Friday, December 02, 2011

Heidi Moore, New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace, discusses the Euro Zone crisis from Wall Street's point of view and the latest unemployment numbers out today.

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Family of Heroes: Video Games for Veterans

Friday, December 02, 2011

Ron Goldman, Chief Executive Officer of Kognito, a developer of online role-playing simulations, and Ann Feder, a supervisor for mental health services for the regional VA, discuss the development of "Family of Heroes," a role-playing game that helps families and friends of returning veterans to adjust and recognize warning signs of PTSD. 

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Transit and Global Warming

Friday, December 02, 2011

As the Port Jervis line reopens following significant damage by Tropical Storm Irene, Andrea Bernstein, director of the public radio Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for WNYC, looks at how the transit system will cope with climate change.

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Life Upon These Shores: Gates on African Americans in the Colonies

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, kicks off this month's series on African American history with chapters from his new book, Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513-2008. This week: the colonies and the history of the slave trade. 

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Color Schemes

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Keith Recker, co-author with Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, looks at the last century through its changing color palettes.

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Tent City, New Jersey

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Reverend Steve Brigham discusses the state of Tent City, which he founded outside of Lakewood, N.J. The county does not provide shelter for the homeless. Brigham's attorney from Lowenstein and Sandler, Jeff Wild, joins the conversation.

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The World AIDS Day 100

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Regan Hofmann, editor in chief of POZ magazine, talks about the publication's list for World AIDS Day of 100 HIV-positive-related people, and ideas and things they love.

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OWS and Student Loans

Thursday, December 01, 2011

OWS wants people to default on their student loan debts. Anya Kamenetz, senior writer for Fast Company Magazine and author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education  and Generation Debt, discusses the idea and other news around higher education financing. Later in the segment, Robert Applebaum, founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com, talks about his efforts to forgive student loans - and why he thinks mass default is a bad idea.

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Debts to Pay

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Occupy Wall Street has renewed the discussion around student debt and whether people should intentionally default on their loans. Anya Kamenetz talks about the default movement and other issues in higher education finance. Drawing on his new book Life Upon These Shores, Henry Louis Gates begins the December series on the history of African Americans in the new world with a look at slavery during colonial times. On World AIDS Day the editor of POZ magazine – a publication for and about people who are HIV positive - talks about her list of 100 people, ideas and things to love in the world of fighting HIV/AIDS right now. Then, the founder of an encampment of homeless people living in the forest outside Lakewood, New Jersey explains how the tent city began. Plus: the changing color palettes of the last century. 

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Last Chance

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bloomberg News has been rolling out reporting on the bank bailout based on a batch of recently acquired documents. Reporter Bob Ivry discusses the real size of the bailout and how the lawmakers came to that figure. Then, WNYC’s Ilya Marritz on the final hearing on the state’s proposals to regulate fracking. Plus: President Obama’s re-election campaign ground game; and how Cuban-Americans are strengthening ties to the island nation.

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Open Phones: Holiday Biz Report

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Reports are that this was a relatively successful kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Business owners, how was your Black Friday through Cyber Monday? Who's shopping, what are they buying, how are you luring them in? Let us know!

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