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Richard Ravitch: State Budget Crisis

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Richard Ravitch is the former New York State Lt. Governor and Co-chair of the State Budget Crisis Task Force. Ravitch joins us to talk about the task force that he and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker convened and the gloomy picture for state governments.

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Keeping Cool: Air Conditioning and the Economy

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Every week in July, Stan Cox, a senior scientist at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and the author of Losing Our Cool, discusses the world of air conditioning. This week: the impact of air conditioning on the economy.  Could you do your job without air conditioning?

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On Mormonism

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Joanna Brooks, senior correspondent at Religion Dispatches, professor at San Diego State University and the author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith, gives a progressive, feminist look at the role of Mormonism in America as a Mormon in light of the recent Bloomberg Business Week cover. 

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How to Be

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The State Budget Crisis Task Force raised red flags this week about the financial futures of state governments. Task Force co-chair, former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, discusses the extent of these fiscal problems—and how New York and New Jersey compare to other states. Plus: London Times columnist Caitlin Moran talks about her new book How to Be a Woman; a look at portrayals of Mormons in America; and the Keeping Cool series continues with a conversation about the economics of air-conditioning.

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Syria Burning

Thursday, July 19, 2012

After bombings killed at least three high-ranking government officials yesterday, Reuters is reporting that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has fled Damascus. Fighting continues, and the UN is meeting to decide on further actions (UPDATE: Syria and China have vetoed the latest resolution), including sanctions and possible military intervention. Leila Hilal, the director of the New America Foundation Middle East Task Force, discusses the latest developments.

→ Trusted Syria Sources: Guardian LiveBlog | Twitter Sources | Map of Damascus Bombings

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Is it Okay for Knicks Fans to Become Nets Fans?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This offseason, the new Brooklyn Nets have seemingly done everything right, while the Knicks have shot themselves in the foot. Will Leitch, founder of Deadspin and New York magazine sports contributor, discusses whether it's okay for New York fans to take their fandom across the East River.

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Area Hospitals Without Malpractice Insurance

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New York Times reporter Anemona Hartocollis talks about why several New York City hospitals lack malpractice insurance or are only partially covered, and what patients need to know.

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Mississippi's Abortion Clinic Law

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lissy Moskowitz, general counsel for NARAL Pro-Choice America, explains developments in the Mississippi law, what it means for the state's only abortion clinic, and how it mirrors battles elsewhere in the US.

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The Romney Veepstakes

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pawlenty, Jindal, Portman, Rubio, Christie, Rice... Chris Cillizza, Washington Post’s ‘The Fix’ columnist and author of the new book, The Gospel According to the Fix, discusses the various candidates being discussed for Mitt Romney's Vice President. Republicans, who would you like to see as Romney's running mate? Let us know!

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Transit Roundup

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's been a busy summer of new transportation initiatives, from the (delayed) bike share program to new rules about bicycle delivery, East River ferry service, speed limit "slow zones", and more. Kate Hinds, producer/reporter with Transportation Nation, discusses the latest transit news.

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Your Lin Headline Predictions (UPDATE)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

→ UPDATE: As you can see on the left, the Daily News went with "Lin Star State" and the Post with "End of the Lin." Sadly, no BL Listeners predicted these headlines. But we think you still did better!

Reports are that Jeremy Lin is signing with the Rockets. We asked on Twitter: What are the New York tabloids -- famous for their puns -- going to use as a headline? Tune in on Wednesday to see who gets an on-air shoutout for predicting the headline. And call in at 11:40 about the Knicks vs. Nets very different offseasons. We'll be talking to Will Leitch of New York magazine about whether it's okay to switch allegiances from New York to Brooklyn.

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Which Side Are You On

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

American folk icon Pete Seeger reflects on his music and activism, and talks about a new book about his life. Plus: Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post takes your calls on who Mitt Romney should put on the ticket as his VP; why some area hospitals lack malpractice insurance; a round-up of transportation news; and it’s time to decide if you’re going to be a Nets fan.

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Seeger In His Own Words

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

→ Update: Pete Seeger died January 28th, 2014. We take your tributes and memories here.

Acclaimed singer and activist Pete Seeger talks about his life, the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie, and the new book, Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words.

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Stephen Covey and Leadership Lit

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Stephen Covey, the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, died yesterday. Heidi Grant Halvorson of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University Business School, and author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently, discusses the impact of Covey's book, and the world of leadership and self-help advice. Are you a Covey fan? Did 7 Habits help you? What other leadership or self-help books have you used, and why? Let us know!

→ Read the 7 Habits Below


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Rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino talk about the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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DC Check-In: Disclose Act and Farm Bill

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yesterday the Senate failed to advance the DISCLOSE Act, which would have required more transparency in political donations. Niels Lesniewski, editor of CQ Senate Watch, looks at the vote, and another key piece of legislation which did pass the Senate - but may get held up in Congress - the Farm bill.

→ Read the Bills (PDF): DISCLOSE Act | Senate Farm Bill

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Prosthetics at the Olympics

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Alena Grabowski, a researcher at the University of Colorado and the Department of Veterans Affairs, talks about the South African runner Oscar Pistorius (the Blade Runner), who will be competing in the Olympics using prosthetic legs—and what his participation means for the Olympics, sports and prosthetics.

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Red Cross Declares: Syria Conflict is Civil War

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

David Scheffer, law professor and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law and the author of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, discusses the Red Cross announcement and what it means with regard to the Geneva Conventions, as well as the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court. Scheffer was the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues.

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Breaking Barriers

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Red Cross has declared the conflict in Syria a civil war. David Scheffer, director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University, explains why it matters and why the Red Cross holds so much weight. Plus: Glenn Reynolds, InstaPundit blogger, argues that there’s a higher education bubble like the housing bubble; a runner with prosthetic legs has been cleared to run in the Olympics – what does it mean for the future of competition?; and the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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The Higher Education Bubble

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Glenn Reynolds, law professor at the University of Tennessee, InstaPundit blogger and the author of The Higher Education Bubble, joins us to argue that the U.S. is currently experiencing a higher education bubble that mirrors the housing bubble and that college tuition costs have vastly outpaced inflation and family income.

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