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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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Listen: President Jimmy Carter on Whether War is Inevitable

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Former President Jimmy Carter responded to Brian's question at the center of our End of War series: Is war inevitable? Listen below.

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Forgiveness in Wartorn African Nations

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Eric Strauss, director of the new documentary "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," and Colin Waugh, author of Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition & Atrocity in Africa's Lone Star State, talk about Charles Taylor, Joseph Kony, Joshua Milton Blahyi, and efforts for reconciliation and forgiveness in African nations ridden by violence.

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Jimmy Carter: Bible Study

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Former U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, talks about religion, politics, and the moral life, and his new book, NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter.

Plus: A call-in for how your religious beliefs have influenced your political beliefs.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates on Trayvon Martin

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor for The Atlantic, discusses the killing of a Florida teenager, and what it says about race, fear, and gun laws in America.

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A Lonely Town

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jeff Ragsdale, co-creator of the book, Jeff, One Lonely Guy, posted the flyer, "If anyone wants to talk about anything, call me (347) 469-3173. Jeff, one lonely guy." He talks about the book and how he and his collaborators fashioned a book from the responses to his flyer.

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Obama Fights Back

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

David Corn, Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, discusses his new book, Showdown, and how Obama is gearing up for a fight with the GOP.

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The Good Book

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter reflects on the lessons he has learned from the Bible and talks about the role religion is playing in politics this election year. Plus: Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic on race, fear and gun laws after the killing of a Florida teenager; David Corn on today’s news from the beltway; a new documentary looks at efforts for reconciliation in war-town African nations; and Jeff Ragsdale on a flyer he posted advertising “one lonely guy.”

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Learning From History

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History, looks at what renewed interest in American political history says about the country.

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The Future of Mobile News

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Amy Mitchell, deputy director for the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, discusses Pew's State of the News Media 2012 report and its findings on mobile devices. 

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Parent Funding for Schools

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kyle Spencer, freelance education reporter and New York Times contributor, and Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, talk about class conflict within New York City public school PTAs and the broader issue of parental funding for public schools.

SchoolBook asks, how much has your child’s public school education cost you so far this year?

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Grandma Lamott

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

After striking a chord with her story of single motherhood, Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott, author of Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son, now writes of her experience as a grandmother.  

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Mets Settle on Madoff Money

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Greg David, director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School and contributor to Crain's New York Business Modern New York:The Life and Economics of a City, discusses the settlement in the civil suit alleging the Mets' owners knowingly profited from Madoff's fraud.

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Grading State Corruption: New Jersey Scores Best?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In a new report that grades every state by transparency and corruption, New York ranks 36th and New Jersey is ranked as the least-corrupt state in the nation. WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Bob Hennelly discuss the findings, the (somewhat flawed) methodology, and what's important when it comes to measuring corruption.

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Settling Up

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In a new assessment of corruption state by state, New Jersey ranks the least corrupt state in the nation. WNYC reporters Bob Hennelly and Cindy Rodriguez discuss where New Jersey and New York stand on the corruption scale—and discuss how best to quantify corruption. Plus: hear about the Mets’ owners’ $162 million settlement in the Madoff lawsuit; Princeton University professor and author Julian Zelizer discusses his new book about renewed interest in American political history; the private costs of public schools; and author Anne Lamott talks about being a grandmother.

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Washington Politics: Transportation, Taxes, More

Monday, March 19, 2012

While it may seem like all politics is geared towards the fall election, Congress continues to debate important bills. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, fills us in.

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Olson and Boies: from Bush v. Gore to Prop 8

Monday, March 19, 2012

David Boies, chairman of Boies, Schiller and Flexner, defended Al Gore in 2000. He and Ted Olson, former solicitor general of the United States, discuss why, after arguing opposite sides in Bush v. Gore, they joined forces in defense of gay marriage and where the Prop 8 case is headed.

EVENT: See David Boies and Ted Olson in a discussion moderated by Bill Keller tomorrow night at the 92nd St. Y.

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Diversity and Segregation in New York City

Monday, March 19, 2012

Richard Alba, distinguished professor of sociology at CUNY and acting director of the Center for Urban Research discusses a new study on segregation in New York City and what it means to our understanding of diversity. Alba is the author of The Next Generation: Immigrant Youth in a Comparative Perspective, edited with Mary Waters, and Blurring the Color Line: The New Chance for a More Integrated America. And Jenifer Bratter, associate professor of sociology and the director of Race Scholars at Rice University, explains why Houston was recently declared the most diverse city but also a still segregated city.

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Mike Daisey's This American Life

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rob Schmitz, China correspondent for Martketplace, talks about his reporting on This American Life, fact-checking Mike Daisey's story about factory conditions in China. On The Media host Brooke Gladstone joins the conversation.

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After the Dharun Ravi Trial

Monday, March 19, 2012

Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public RadioEmily Bazelon, senior editor and court watcher at Slate, and WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal offer legal analysis of the Ravi conviction and the precedent this verdict sets.

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