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Wael Ghonim on Revolution (2.0)

Monday, February 06, 2012

Wael Ghonim, Egyptian pro-democracy activist, administrator of the Facebook page "We are all Khaled Saeed," former Google executive, and author of Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir, reflects on the Egyptian revolution and what his role and the role of social media was in the uprising, as well as news from Egypt now.

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Winter Arts: Books

Monday, February 06, 2012

Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson bookstore on Prince Street, offers listeners her picks for new books this winter. What new books are you reading now?

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Open Phones: Your Jobs Report

Monday, February 06, 2012

The national unemployment rate is down to 8.3%, the lowest since early 2009.

Listeners: Tell us the stories behind the numbers. What's your jobs report? Are you recently employed? Tell us about your search and how you're feeling about the new job. Are you an employer? Are you getting back to hiring? Why? Call us at 212-433-WNYC or comment here!

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Justen Fox: Super Bowl Prediction Winner

Monday, February 06, 2012

On Friday we asked you to predict the winner, score, MVP and more for this year's Super Bowl. Justen Fox, a web developer at Major League Baseball, did that the best -- he talks about his prognostication skills and the big Giants win.

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GOP Race Latest

Monday, February 06, 2012

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, discusses the results of the Nevada primary and the latest news from the GOP presidential candidates.

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Ambassador Pickering on Iran, Syria, and Diplomacy

Monday, February 06, 2012

Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former ambassador and trustee of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, discusses the U.S. relationship with Iran, the crisis in Syria and the UN's inaction and what diplomatic options the U.S. should consider when dealing with the the Mideast.

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Options on the Table

Monday, February 06, 2012

The U.S. is weighing options for dealing with a potential threat from Iran, while the international community decides what to do with Syria. Former UN Ambassador  Thomas Pickering, discusses the diplomatic options for dealing with the region. Plus: Egyptian pro-democracy activist Wael Ghonim discusses his new book, Revolution 2.0, and the recent violence in Egypt; and the winter arts series continues with a conversation about the season’s new books.

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Who Does Connecticut Root For in the Super Bowl?

Friday, February 03, 2012

New York and Boston play on Sunday - and the Constitution State has mixed allegiances. We discuss the Giants/Pats Sox/Yanks divide with Jeff Jacobs, sports columnist for the Hartford Courant.

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Challenges & Grants

Friday, February 03, 2012

Howard Wolfson, NYC deputy mayor for Government Affairs and Communications and former communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's budget and his challenge grant to Planned Parenthood.

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Jim McGreevey's New Work

Friday, February 03, 2012

Jim McGreevey, the former governor of New Jersey and current spiritual counselor of Integrity House at New Jersey's Hudson County Correctional Center, discusses his support for Governor Christie's proposal to require drug treatment services for low-level drug offenders and what he's learned since leaving office. 

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Syria in Crisis

Friday, February 03, 2012

Executive director of the Middle East & North Africa Division for Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson discusses the humanitarian crisis within Syria and the international response.

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Grey Zones

Friday, February 03, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has said that if the safety net for America’s poor needs repair, he’ll fix it. Melissa Boteach of the Center for American Progress details where the net needs mending. Then, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey on why he supports a proposal from Governor Chris Christie on mandatory drug rehab; and the latest on the uprising in Syria. Plus: Michael Grabell of ProPublica is now author of “Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History.”

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Paging Mitt Romney: Here are the Holes in the Safety Net

Friday, February 03, 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, Mitt Romney says if the safety net for the very poor needs repair, he'll fix it. Melissa Boteach, poverty expert and manager of the Half in Ten Campaign at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, offered suggestions on where to start.

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Stimulus Money Well Spent?

Friday, February 03, 2012

Michael Grabell, who covers transportation for ProPublica and is the author of Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History follows up on his ShovelWatch reporting with a book about the stimulus plan and what it accomplished.

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The Global Parent: Culture or Nature

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere in between), joins us weekly in February to talk about the "best practices" of parenting around the world. This week: when it comes to basics like sleeping and feeding, where does "nature" end and "culture" begin?

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Teaching Controversy

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Jonathan Zimmerman, professor and department chair of History and Education at NYU, takes your calls on whether and how to teach controversial aspects of history to students.

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Justice and the Enemy

Thursday, February 02, 2012

William Shawcross, journalist and author of, Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, talks about his new book. 

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Transportation, Republican-Style

Thursday, February 02, 2012

A markup hearing is scheduled today for the House Republicans' transportation bill. Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, Robert Sinclair Jr., manager of media relations at AAA New York, and Sean McNally, vice president of communications and press secretary for the American Trucking Associations, explain how the bill would affect pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and truckers.

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Facebook Going Public

Thursday, February 02, 2012

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