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Best of 2011: The Year in (Your) Pictures

Thursday, December 22, 2011

There are lots of roundups of the year's best pictures, but we want to do it a little differently.

This year cell phone pictures brought us news stories, from protests in Tahrir Square to the impact of Hurricane Irene. For our one and only best-of 2011 project, we want to collect the year's best pictures -- that are sitting on your cell phone. Upload them here - we'll make a highlight slideshow of our favorites!

And, no, Anthony Weiner is not eligible.

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Mixed Results

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and WNYC contributor David Sanger talks about what’s next for Iran and North Korea. Plus: U.S. homebuilding hit a 19 month high—Yahoo! Finance columnist Dan Gross explains why; former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson weighs in the latest battles in Congress; and what kinds of technology and policy solutions we need for a sustainable energy system.

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Simpson on Budget Dealings and Gingrich

Wednesday, December 21, 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, US Congressman (R-NJ 5th) Scott Garrett discussed unfinished business including the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits.

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Open Phones: Welcome Tourists

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that New York will reach 50.2 million visitors by the end of 2011, a milestone for the city. Are you a tourist? Call in and tell us your stories or ask Brian a question. Are you hosting a tourist? What is your experience?

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Housing Numbers Improve with Rentals

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dan Gross, columnist and economics editor at Yahoo! Finance, looks at the improving picture in national housing data.

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David Sanger on Iran, North Korea

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and a contributor to WNYC, discusses the latest in US nuclear diplomacy, from Iran to North Korea.

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Policy or Technology Solution?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Richard Lester, professor and head of the department of nuclear science and engineering at MIT and co-author with David Hart of Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System, answers that both policy and technology are needed to fill the world's energy needs.

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Occupy Albany Demands

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Matthew Edge, a Political Strategy Working Group member of Occupy Albany, discusses their formal demands and how they plan to achieve them, after two months of occupying Albany. 

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Open Phones: Your Political Gifts

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Both the GOP and Democrats are selling holiday gifts online (how about a GOP Christmas ornament?) -- are you buying a politically-themed gift this month? Give us a call 212-433-9692 and tell us about what you're wrapping.

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Inside Iowa and New Hampshire

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Andrew Smith, professor of politcal science at the University of New Hampshire and director of its Survey Center, and Steffen Schmidt, professor at Iowa State University, discuss how Iowa is gearing up for the GOP caucus. 

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Science Campus Winner

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dan Huttenlocher, dean of the Cornell computing and information science department, talks about Cornell University and Israel's Technicon winning a competition to open a science and engineering school on NYC's Roosevelt Island.

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Lowes, All-American Muslim and Boycotts

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lowes pulls their ads from the show All-American Muslim after pressure from anti-Islam groups. Now the chain is facing criticism. Bob Garfield, host of On the Media and author of The Chaos Scenario, discusses the controversy.

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Ticking Away

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The GOP field is preparing for the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. Andrew Smith of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and Steffen Schmidt, professor at Iowa State University, explain the ground game in those states. Then: Bob Garfield of On the Media explains how Lowes is facing criticism for pulling their ads from a t.v. show about Muslim-Americans; the fight over the payroll tax holiday; and a sister discusses the trauma of her brother's hands at the hands of the police.

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After Darrell

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Through writing her memoir Brothers (and Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving, former Washington Post columnist and author Donna Britt came to understand how the trauma of her brother's death at the hands of the police influenced her. 

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Payroll Tax Fight in Congress

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Politico congressional reporter Manu Raju discusses what's at issue with the fight in Congress over the payroll tax holiday. 

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Shifting Targets

Monday, December 19, 2011

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses how our economy is fundamentally shifting in a way that he says is similar to the economic shift leading up to the Great Depression. Plus: the view from on the ground in Iraq post-U.S. troop withdrawal; New York Times columnist Joe Nocera discusses news about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—and where the GOP race figures in; and a Merriam-Webster lexicographer on the word of 2011.

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It's About Jobs

Monday, December 19, 2011

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner and author of Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, says the Depression was caused by the shift from agriculture to manufacturing, and that we face a similar shift today.

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Remembering Vaclav Havel

Monday, December 19, 2011

Former Czech President and poet Vaclav Havel died over the weekend. Havel's friend and translator Paul Wilson remembers the leader of the Velvet Revolution.

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Your Word of the Year

Monday, December 19, 2011

"Pragmatic" is Merriam-Webster's choice for word of the year. Peter Sokolowski, lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, and Steve Kleinedler, executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionaries and their new book, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, discuss why it was chosen.

»» What do you think of the decision? What would be your word of 2011? Post it here! | Tweet #blword

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The Iraq We're Leaving Behind

Monday, December 19, 2011

Liz Sly, Washington Post Baghdad Bureau Chief and longtime Middle East reporter, and Sinan Antoon, Iraqi poet, novelist, and professor specializing in contemporary Arab culture and politics at NYU Gallatin, discuss the impact of the US withdrawal from Iraq - on Iraq.

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