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Community Activism and Darwin

Thursday, August 25, 2011

David Sloan Wilson, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University discusses his new book,  The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time . He describes how he applies Darwin's evolutionary theory to community development in search of practical strategies.

What neighborhood projects are you involved with?

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The Steve Jobs Style

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. His tenure was marked by a series of design and tech triumphs, but also a particular approach to leadership. Ken Auletta, who writes the "Annals of Communication" column for the New Yorker - and wrote about Steve Jobs this morning - discusses the Jobs' approach to leadership, and how it compares to other CEOs.

What's your leadership style? Or the approach to the leadership of your company's CEO? Let us know!

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New Eyewitness Rules in NJ

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Brandon Garrett, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses the New Jersey Supreme Court's new ruling on the use of eyewitness accounts in court and the possible national implications.

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Naturally Selected

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Global oil markets have reacted this year to the so-called Arab Spring. Steven LeVine, author of “The Oil and the Glory” blog for Foreign Policy magazine, discusses what the future of Libya might mean for those markets, and how the oil-rich country could use the resource in rebuilding. Plus: Bethany McLean, co-author of All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, on the continuing financial woes in the U.S.; Anna Sale of It’s A Free Country explores the intersection between minority and independent voters; and the evolution of neighborhoods.

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Libyan Uprising and Oil

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steven LeVine, author of The Oil and the Glory blog and contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, discusses Libyan oil. What does the future of Libya mean for the global oil markets? How will the oil-rich country recover economically?

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Government Action

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

As Libyan rebel forces advanced on Tripoli over the past few weeks, their political leaders met with Western and other diplomats to lay the foundation for a new government. Political theorist Benjamin Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the policy center Demos and a former member of the International Board of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, talks about the prospects for democracy in Libya. Plus: New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance; and Gene Russianoff, staff attorney at NYPIRG’s Straphangers campaign, details their annual State of the Subways report.

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Congressman Leonard Lance: What's Next for Washington

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) discusses what he's been hearing from his constituents while Congress is in recess and what he expects to happen in Washington in September when Congress reconvenes.

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Democracy in Libya?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Benjamin Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and former member of the International Board of the Saif Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation - until he resigned in protest at start of the uprising - discusses the prospects for democracy in a potential post- Qaddafi Libya.

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2011 Subway Report Card

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for New York Public Interest Research Group's Straphangers Campaign, announces their annual State of the Subways report.  How would you assess your subway line? Post your subway grades here!

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The NYPD as Domestic Intelligence Agency

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press Investigative Reporter, discusses his story for the AP on the NYPD's surveillance work carried out with CIA assistance, at times blurring the line between. 

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Earthquake 101

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Yesterday's earthquake didn't lead to any destruction, however there are still many questions New Yorkers have about possible future occurrences.James Gaherty, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory and Lance Jay Brown, architect, co- chairs Design for Risk and Reconstruction committee at AIA New York chapter, professor at City University School for Architecture, answers questions about NYC's building codes. What do you still want to know about earthquakes?

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De Facto DREAM Act

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the Obama administration's announcement that it would stop deporting young immigrants brought here as children.

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Like A Record

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Two decades ago, the Crown Heights race riots revealed intense tensions in the Brooklyn neighborhood. In the past twenty years, the community has changed and residents react to the anniversary of the conflict. Plus: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s 40-year rule is coming to an end, and Libya may soon have to face a new beginning; Tom Johnson, co-founder of NJ Spotlight, discusses how New Jersey is considering a new plan for energy sources; author Thomas Vander Ven takes a look at the binge drinking of college life; and how Spotify and other free music services manage to make a profit. 

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Crown Heights, 20 Years After The Riots

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's been twenty years since Crown Heights erupted into race-fueled riots. Rabbi Robert Kaplan, director of Cause-NY, a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and Letitia James, City Council member from District 35 in Brooklyn, discuss the legacy of the riots and how the neighborhood has changed.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Case Dismissed

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jami Floyd, legal analyst, sometime guest host for The Brian Lehrer Show, and It's A Free Country blogger, and Will Saletan, Slate's national correspondent, talk about the Manhattan DA's decision to request all charges be dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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Mastering NJ's Energy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tom Johnson is the co-founder of NJ Spotlight, where he covers energy and the environment. As the Christie administration holds hearings on the draft of the Energy Master Plan, he looks at the plan and New Jersey's energy future.

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Making Money (or not) from Digital Music

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Elliot Van Buskirk, editor of Evolver.fm, discusses the popularity of digital music services like Spotify, how they can make money while allowing users to listen for free, and how these services affect the musicians themselves.

Are you a music buyer? A musician? What's your take on the economics of digital music?

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Libya Update

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mark Quarterman, senior adviser and director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, returns to update the situation in Libya.

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Getting Wasted: Binge Drinking and College Culture

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thomas Vander Ven, associate professor of Sociology and Anthroplogy at Ohio University, talks about his new book on the college culture, Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard.

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Open Phones: Brian's Back, What'd He Miss?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Brian famously misses big news while on vacation. On August 4th, within minutes of walking out of the WNYC building to start his two-week summer trip, news came across the wire that NYC Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith had resigned. The next day the S&P announced they were downgrading the US to a "AA+" nation. Then: a deadly helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Rick Perry joined the GOP race and James Franco tried to save us from those damn dirty apes.

So, what else? What is the most important news that happened while Brian was away for the past two weeks?

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