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Bribery Tales

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Swati Ramanathan, co-founder of the Janaagraha Center for Citizenship & Democracy in Bangalore, talks about the website her organization started, "I Paid a Bribe.com," to combat petty corruption and bribery. We're also be joined by Ben Elers, Transparency International's director for programmes, to discuss the problem of "petty" bribery experienced by people in many countries.

What's the culture of bribery like in your country? Got a bribery story? Post it here! 

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The Money Trail

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have both been shaking the money tree and fundraising in New York. Anna Sale of It’s A Free Country takes a close look at donors and follows the money trail from the city. Then: the case for why polarized politics and social conservatism is good for American democracy with Jeffrey Bell, a former Reagan policy adviser. Plus: Alice Park of Time continues our weekly series on sleep and talks about sleep apnea; and we'll discuss how websites all over the world are encouraging people to report if they’ve been asked to pay a bribe, and take your calls.

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End of War: Bill Kristol and Amb. Nancy Soderberg

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The End of War series continues with Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard and regular commentator for Fox News. Then, we'll be joined by Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, president of the Connect U.S. Fund and a former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. They'll each discuss the political and moral considerations of going to war--and the role of international law in ending war.

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2012 or Bust

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jonathan Chait, writer for New York Magazine, discusses the results of yesterday's GOP primaries and talks about his "2012 of Never" piece on the future of the party.

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Assignment Art

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Co-editors of New York-based magazine Paper Monument, painter Roger White and Dushko Petrovich , talk about their new publication, Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment, an anthology of art assignments from over 100 contributors.

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How Ford Avoided the Bailout

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bryce G. Hoffman , auto reporter for The Detroit News, is now author of American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company. He joins the show to explain how Ford went from the edge of bankruptcy to making a profit without government aid, and what the company's success tells us.

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Minimum Rage: The Service Industry Today

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nona Willis Aronowitz, associate editor at GOOD Magazine, discusses her piece on how many young people with advanced degrees can only find service jobs, and what it means for our economy.

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In Service

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Many young people with advanced degrees are taking service jobs in this economy. Associate editor at GOOD magazine, Nona Willis Aronowitz, discusses her recent article about what this means for our economy. Plus: The End of War series continues with The Weekly Standard editor and conservative commentator Bill Kristol and Ambassador and president of the Connect U.S. Fund, Nancy Soderberg, discuss the political and moral considerations of going to war and whether international law can stop war; how Ford Motor Company went from the edge of bankruptcy to making profits without government aid; and Paper Monument has art assignments for you.

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NCAA and Its Discontents

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As "March Madness" gets underway, Steve Wieberg, USA Today sports reporter, looks at the state of college athletics and calls for reform at the NCAA.

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Open Phones: What's in Your Storage Unit?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Listeners: Call in and tell us what's in your storage unit (mini or otherwise) and why you pay that second rent. Why is that stuff in storage instead of in your home or in the trash--and what do you think it says about you? Call 212-433-WNYC or comment here! 

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What the Koch Brothers Want with Cato

Tuesday, March 13, 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, David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, talked about the organization's relationship with the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, who have filed a lawsuit for control of the libertarian establishment.

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Urban Migration in China

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Michelle Dammon Loyalka, journalist and author of Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration, discusses the influx of peasants to China's urban areas.

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Jack Goldsmith: The Accountable Presidency

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jack GoldsmithHarvard law professor and member of the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel, talks about his book Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11. 

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Hearts and Minds

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recent events in Afghanistan, including the shooting of 16 civilians by an Army staff sergeant, have highlighted the challenges in the transition to training and community building in the country. Stephen Tankel at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discusses the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and what comes next. Then, David Boaz of the Cato Institute discusses the Koch brother’s lawsuit against the libertarian thinktank; and Jack Goldsmith, former member of the Bush administration’s Office of Legal Counsel, on President Obama’s executive powers. Plus: stories of the influx of peasants to China’s urban areas; and March Madness gets underway.

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Afghanistan's Heart and Minds

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In the wake of the shooting, Stephen Tankel, non-resident scholar in the South Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and assistant professor at American University, discusses the US presence in Afghanistan, how our troops are transitioning their mission, and the affect on Afghan communities.

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Kony 2012's Ripple Effect

Monday, March 12, 2012

Milton Allimadi, publisher of Black Star News, and Rosebell Kagumire, Ugandan journalist and editor at Channel 16, which reports on humanitarian conflict, discuss the hyper-viral video and its complicated implications.

A Kony 2012 Reading List: The Atlantic: The Soft Bigotry of Kony2012 | Invisible Children: Response to Criticism | BoingBoing: African Voices Respond | Christian Science Monitor: It's Fine to Watch Kony 2012 but Learn to Respect Africans | ThinkProgress: A Partial Defense of Kony 2012 | Black Star News: 10 Questions for Invisible Children | Africa is a Country: The #Kony2012 Show | Foreign Policy: Joseph Kony is Not Uganda

 

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New York State's Monday Morning Politics

Monday, March 12, 2012

Liz Benjaminblogger and host of "Capital Tonight", checks in on state politics in Albany, including the latest on the redistricting battle for congressional lines and for the state legislature.

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The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Monday, March 12, 2012

Aaron Bobrow-Strain, professor of politics at Whitman College and now author of White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf, talks about his new book and what our choices of bread say about us and about our communities.

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The Bully Society

Monday, March 12, 2012

Jessie Klein, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Adelphi University, discusses her new book The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools.

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Iranian Cinema Now

Monday, March 12, 2012

Jamsheed Akrami, film professor at William Paterson University, discusses the film "This is Not a Film" and the state of Iranian cinema now.

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