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Political Climate

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, takes a look at post-Memorial Day politics.

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Is Higher Education A Bubble?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What’s been the return of investment on your college experience? 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: How Our Future Was Sold Out for Student Loans, Bad Jobs, No Benefits, and Tax Cuts for Rich Geezers--And How to Fight Backdiscusses the way in which the value of college is being reassessed.

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How Creativity Works

Monday, May 30, 2011

Where does creativity come from? Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, joins its founding producer Julie Burstein to talk about her new book, culled from the archives of the series: Spark: How Creativity Works  (Harper, 2011)

Leave your comment below! How do you find your creative spark? Is it more like going to work, or more like thinking and dreaming? And are you driven to create more by the beautiful, the terrible or the ordinary?

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Social Animals

Monday, May 30, 2011

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

On this Memorial Day, a special re-broadcast of the interview with the late photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington. Plus: David Brooks on The Social Animal; Ken Burns on civility and the Civil War; John Waters on his role models; Julie Berstein and Kurt Andersen of Studio 360 on the creative spark; and a conversation about being mixed race in America. 

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Being Mixed Race in America

Monday, May 30, 2011

The number of mixed race kids has risen by 50% in past 10 years. Interracial relationships are also on the rise. Terry Zealand and Faye Zealand, co-founders of the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, discuss their interracial relationship and how things have changed since they got together in the 60's. 

Listeners: Did you grow up as a mixed race child? Are you a parent of a mixed race child? Any surprises about being mixed race? Source of pride? Identity confusion? Tell us about your experience!

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The Social Animal

Monday, May 30, 2011

David Brooks, columnist at the New York Times, will talk about his new book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

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Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Restrepo"

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sebastian Junger, filmmaker/journalist and author of WAR, and filmmaker/photographer Tim Hetherington, discuss their film about the war in Afghanistan, "Restrepo."

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Ken Burns: From The Civil War to Civility

Monday, May 30, 2011

To commemorate the Civil War's 150th anniversary, PBS recently reaired Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War." Burns, a documentary filmmaker for the past 30 years, talks about the continuing effects of the war and his new project, "Civility and Democracy."

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John Waters' Role Models

Monday, May 30, 2011

John Waters, cult film director and the author of Role Models, talks about some of his favorite outsiders and what we should learn from them.

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Back From War

Friday, May 27, 2011

James Foley, a correspondent for GlobalPost, and Clare Gillis, a freelance reporter for The Atlantic and USA Today, were both detained by the Libyan government while covering the war there. They’ll discuss their experience. Plus: psychologist and author Paula Caplan on the psychological effects of war on veterans; economics professor Abhijit Banerjee explains poor economics; where bicyclists are getting ticketed in NYC; and what you need to know about sunscreen.

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Bike Ticket Update

Friday, May 27, 2011

Alex Goldmark, reporter for Transportation Nation, discusses his efforts to map bike ticketing and what you need to know about biking rules.

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Poor Economics

Friday, May 27, 2011

Esther Duflo, Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT, and Abhijit Banerjee, International Professor of Economics at MIT, authors of Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, talk about the complicated nature of poverty and how understanding poverty contributes to better policy.

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Corporate Death Penalty

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law that allows the state to impose the "corporate death penalty" for companies who utilize illegal workers. Les Leopold, executive director of the Labor Institute and author of The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity—and What We Can Do About It, discusses the law--and we take your calls about what else should qualify corporations for the "corporate death penalty."

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Evaluating Sunscreens

Friday, May 27, 2011

Dr. Urvashi Rangan, an environment and health scientist with Consumer Reports, helps explain the Consumer Reports sunscreen ratings -- what works best and is safest.

EPA's Sunwise UV index lookup.

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Stories of Libyan Detention

Friday, May 27, 2011

James Foley, a correspondent for GlobalPost, and Clare Gillis, a freelance reporter for The Atlantic, talk about what it was like being detained by Libyan soldiers for six weeks, reporting on the opposition, and witnessing the death of a colleague.

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Helping Veterans

Friday, May 27, 2011

Paula Caplan, clinical psychologist, fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and author of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, talks about the psychological effects of war and how to help veterans.

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Summer Films

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dana Stevens, Slate film critic and co-host of the Culture Gabfest, previews films being released during the summer season.

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City Opera Blues

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Erica Orden, reporter for the Greater New York section of the Wall Street Journal, reports on the City Opera's financial difficulties and its decision to leave Lincoln Center.

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Tech Tricks

Thursday, May 26, 2011

David Pogue, weekly tech columnist for the New York Times, goes back to the basics with tricks you might have missed that make gadgets work better.

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Vermont's Single Payer Singularity

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kevin Outterson, associate professor of Law and associate professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Law, discusses Vermont's efforts to introduce a single payer healthcare system.

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