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Best TV Show Revealed

Monday, March 26, 2012

It's down to "The Sopranos" vs. "The Wire" in New York Magazine's critics' bracket and "Breaking Bad" vs. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for the readers. New York's TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz talks us through the contest and reveals the winners.

Listeners: What's the best TV drama of the last 25 years? 

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Supreme Court Hears Health Reform

Monday, March 26, 2012

Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, lecturer at Yale Law School, and whose most recent book is The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, previews the Supreme Court arguments for and against health insurance reform.

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The Final Chapter of the Sean Bell Shooting

Monday, March 26, 2012

Murray Weiss, DNAinfo columnist and criminal justice editor, discusses the final decision in the Sean Bell shooting and what it tells us about the NYPD's disciplinary process, as well as what the case means in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

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A Healthy Dose

Monday, March 26, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court starts hearing arguments for and against part of President Obama’s healthcare reform law today. Yale Law School lecturer and former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse, previews this landmark case. Plus: NYU nutrition expert Marion Nestle on why calories count; founder and CEO of C-Span, Brian Lamb; a conversation about the Arab uprisings with Middle East expert Marc Lynch; and the results of New York magazine’s best TV show bracket.

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The Unfinished Arab Revolutions

Monday, March 26, 2012

Marc Lynch, a.k.a. @AbuAardvark, professor and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, editor of the Middle East channel at Foreign Policy, and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, talks about his new book, The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East.

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Ben Bernanke: Hero or Villain?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Roger Lowenstein, financial journalist and author of The End of Wall Street, talks about his cover story for The Atlantic about public perception of Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke.

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Freakonomics: Hitchhiking

Friday, March 23, 2012

Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio and author,  with Steven Levitt, of Freakononomics and SuperFreakonomics, explains how hitchhiking fell out of favor in America and why we should bring it back.

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Trayvon Martin Case: Perception and the Law

Friday, March 23, 2012

Columbia University Law School professor, and columnist for The Nation magazine, Patricia Williams discusses the difficulties when perceptions of threats are protected under the law--in the context of the Trayvon Martin case and the Stand Your Ground law in Florida as well as in the Dharun Ravi conviction. 

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How Are Your Allergies Today?

Friday, March 23, 2012

All of a sudden, everyone's allergies seem to be acting up--and many are getting reactions for the first time. Dr. Anne Maitland, allergy doctor and Fellow of the American College of Allergy, discusses the allergy season and takes your calls.

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Harbor Seals in New York City

Friday, March 23, 2012

Paul Sieswerda, retired curator at the New York Aquarium and the Boston Aquarium, explains why harbor seals and other marine animals are returning to the area. He leads trips to see and count the harbor seals every weekend at this time of year.

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The Cost of Youth Sports

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mark Hyman, journalist and former writer for BusinessWeek and Sports Business Journal, and author of The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today's Families, offers a sobering look at the business of youth sports.

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Allergy TV: Watch Famous Sneezes

Friday, March 23, 2012

On today's show, we're talking about the early - and brutal - start to allergy season. We'll also play some examples of famous sneezes. See below for our favorite examples (including a controversial sneeze by Ringo Starr that delayed the start of Dig A Pony) and feel free to suggest your own in the comments!

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Eye of the Beholder

Friday, March 23, 2012

Perception is playing an important legal role in discussions about Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida and the Dharun Ravi case in New Jersey. Patricia Williams of Columbia University explains. Plus: Dr. Anne Maitland of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology takes your calls and discusses what seems to be the start of this year’s allergy season; Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics on hitchhiking; is Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke a hero or a villain?; the cost of youth sports; and marine mammals are returning to the New York harbor.

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Neighborhood Watch

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang and Robert McCrie, professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice department of security, fire, and emergency management and an expert in community policing, join us to look at the role of neighborhood watch groups and citizen law enforcement.

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Jonah Lehrer on How Creativity Works

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at Wired and frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Radiolab, talks about his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works.

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Deep Sleep: Sleep and Age

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Each Thursday in March, Alice Park, Time Magazine staff writer who covers health and medicine, talks about sleep. Today: sleep and age.

How has aging affected your sleep?

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End of War: War Culture

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Denis O'Hare, actor and co-writer of An Iliad, Jeanine Basinger, chair of the film studies department at Wesleyan University, and Clive Thompson, contributor to The New York Times Magazine and columnist for Wired discuss representations of war on stage, in film, and in pop culture--and whether these representations can change the culture's view of war.

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Screening Room: War in Popular Culture

Thursday, March 22, 2012

As part of our End of War series, we're having a conversation about the portrayal of war in popular culture. Here are some clips of the movies, theater and video games we discussed.

Got a war scene you want to add to the screening room? Post it in the comments page below, or

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Paul Ryan's Medicare Proposal 2.0

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, analyzes the budget proposal announced by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday.

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The Art of the Possible

Thursday, March 22, 2012

House Republican leaders hope to vote on the Paul Ryan budget proposal as early as next week. Today, Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute talks about why she thinks this plan is a step in the right direction. Also: WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports on the role of neighborhood watch groups in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting; Jonah Lehrer on his new book Imagine: How Creativity Works; Alice Park of Time Magazine on sleep and age; and the End of War series continues with film scholar Jeanine Basinger, actor Denis O'Hare, and writer Clive Thompson. They discuss whether cultural depictions can change a society's appetite for war.

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