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The Last Podcast (For Now)

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Episode #9: The push from the Iowa Caucuses through Super Tuesday is done, and Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale and Todd Zwillich are going to pack up the big tent until the Fall. Brian plays his lasting clip of Mitt Romney talking about firing people; Todd looks to the Fall for where women voters will land; and Anna talks about why no one seems to be connecting for the GOP. Thanks to all who've listened, we'll be back with more It's A Free Country: The Podcast in the runup to the conventions!

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Olympic Hopefuls: Christina McHale

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Christina McHale, tennis player from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, talks about her efforts to make the U.S. Olympic team.

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Open Phones: Your Habits, Good and Bad

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Following up on the conversation with Charles Duhigg, author of "The Power of Habit", we ask you to call in with about your habits. What routine do you wish you could change; what good habits do you have? Remember Duhigg's cycle of Cue-Routine-Reward -- can you identify this cycle in your own habits, and ways they may change?

Give us a call 212-433-9692, or post your habit stories here!

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Deep Sleep: Sleep Interrupters

Thursday, March 08, 2012

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

What disrupts your sleep and what's your strategy for coping?

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In Your Sleep

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Former Senator Russ Feingold talks about his new book While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post 9/11 Era, and current events. Then, Time Magazine health and medicine writer Alice Park discusses the truth about sleep and what interrupts your slumber. Plus: author Charles Duhigg on his new book The Power of Habit and your calls about habits; and Olympic hopeful, tennis player Christina McHale.

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David Sanger on Obama's Press Conference and Iranian Diplomacy

Wednesday, March 07, 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 Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and contributor to WNYC, talked about President Obama's press conference and how the U.S. plans to confront Iran.

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Watch: Karl Meyer & Shareen Brysac on Whether War is Inevitable

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E. Meyer, the co-authors of Pax Ethnica:  Where and How Diversity Succeeds, recently visited the WNYC studios. They answered the question at the center of our series End of War: Is War Inevitable?

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Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University and author of Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century, talks about the Supreme Court taking up the issue of affirmative action in college admissions.

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Out of Power

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

David Rothkopf, Commerce deputy under secretary in the Clinton administration and Foreign Policy blogger, asks how much Americans should care about being the world's leading power in his book, Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government--and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead.

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What We Learned from Super Tuesday

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the results from yesterday's Super Tuesday contests - from Romney's razor-thin win in Ohio to Santorum's victories in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Explore the Super Tuesday results map below!

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Olympic Hopefuls: Marcus Browne

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Staten Island light heavyweight boxer Marcus Browne talks about his efforts to make the U.S. Olympic team.

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Heavyweight Contenders

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The morning after Super Tuesday, NPR’s Mara Liasson explains about what the election results mean. Then Columbia University President Lee Bollinger talks about protecting campus diversity as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case challenging affirmative action. Plus: author David Rothkopf discusses his new book Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government--and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead; and Olympic hopeful, boxer Marcus Browne, tells us about being a contender.

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Special Super Tuesday Broadcast

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm EST, WNYC hosts a Super Tuesday Primary Special in collaboration with WCPN in Cleveland and WKSU in Northeastern Ohio.

Joining host Brian Lehrer are Cokie Roberts, senior news analyst for NPR News and ABC News political commentator and Jeff Greenfield of PBS's "Need to Know" | Jim Burress of WABE in Atlanta checks in from the Newt Gingrich event as polls close in Georgia | Ross Sneyd of Vermont Public Radio reviews results from that state | Harry Wilson, the Director of the Institute for Policy & Opinion Research at Roanoke College, on Virginia results | Jo Ingles of the Statehouse News Bureau for Ohio Public Radio and T.V. checks in with results from Ohio | WBUR’s Fred Thys checks in from Mitt Romney’s event in Boston before polls close in Massachusetts | Brandon Hollingsworth, reporter at WUOT in Knoxville, checks in from Tennessee | and Danielle Webster, reporter for Prairie Public Radio in North Dakota, checks in from a Ron Paul event in Fargo | Plus your calls!

Track returns below using the Patchwork Nation voting map.

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Why Diversity Matters

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E. Meyer, the co-authors of Pax Ethnica:  Where and How Diversity Succeeds, discuss where diversity works and why it matters.

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Obama and Netanyahu

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Jane Eisner, editor of The Jewish Daily Forward, talks about yesterday's meeting between the U.S. president and the Israeli prime minister, and their positions vis a vis Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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Super Tuesday's Super Stakes

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Dave Weigel, Slate political reporter and MSNBC contributor, and Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, talk about Super Tuesday, the delegate race and the role of women voters and other key demographics.  

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Super Tuesday: 10 State Tour

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

  • Fred Thys, political reporter for WBUR, discusses today's primary in Massachusetts and what expectations are in the state.
  • Ross Sneyd, news director at Vermont Public Radio, on the GOP race in Vermont and what the big themes are in that state.
  • Beverly Amsler, reporter at WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke, Virginia, on the GOP race in Virginia and what the big themes are in that state, where only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are on the ballot.
  • Jo Ingles, Statehouse News Reporter for Ohio Public Radio and T.V. , checks in on the themes in Ohio's GOP primary taking place today, and why campaigns have been so focused on the state.
  • Denis O'Hayer, "All Things Considered" host at WABE-FM in Atlanta, Georgia, discusses the latest news from the GOP race in Georgia and what may be driving voters there to the polls.
  • Michael Cross, KOSU Capitol Bureau Cheif, explains how GOP candidates have been campaigning in Oklahoma and what the voters there are focusing on this Super Tuesday.
  • Dave Thompson, news director of Prairie Public Radio in Bismarck, North Dakota , talks about the GOP caucus in North Dakota today, and what the campaigns and analysts are expecting from the Peace Garden State.  
  • Scott Ki, reporter for Boise State Public Radio, talks about the Idaho caucus in the state today, and the issues of interest for Republican voters there.
  • Chas Sisk, political reporter for The Tennessean, reporting to us from Nashville, the state capital, explains how Tennessee voters are participating in the primary today.
  • Daysha Eaton, KSKA public radio reporter joining us from Anchorage, Alaska, checks in from Alaska on what's expected.  
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Super Tuesday

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

As Super Tuesday elections kickoff around the country, tune in for a special preview of the races.  Reporters from around the nation join the program to talk about these contests. Plus: Slate’s Dave Weigel and The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty discuss the 419 delegates at stake, the role of women voters and more.  Then: authors of a new book Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds; and the latest on Israel and the U.S.

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Emotions and the Brain

Monday, March 05, 2012

Sharon Begley, science journalist at Reuters and Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who co-wrote The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them, talk about their discoveries about emotions and the brain and the implications for treatment.

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Olympic Hopefuls: Nzingha Prescod

Monday, March 05, 2012

Nzingha Prescod, 2011 fencing junior world champion and Columbia University sophomore, discusses her Olympics aspirations.

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