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49 Left To Go

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Iowa caucus results are in. Reihan Salam of the National Review Online and Kate Wells of Iowa Public Radio discuss the implications. Plus: WNYC’s Bob Hennelly previews Governor Cuomo’s New York State of the State address; police search for a suspect and motive in a series of fire bombings in Queens; Bloomberg/BusinessWeek’s Diane Brady on a fraternity of young African-American men; and policies versus personal choice in the Bronx.

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The 2012 Presidential Race (Officially) Begins

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The presidential nomination process kicks off today when voters attend the Iowa Caucuses. It’s a Free Country political reporter Anna Sale reports from the Hawkeye State and discusses last-minute news from the GOP contenders. Plus: Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at RealClearPolitics, looks at the big trends in politics heading into the election year; and Amanda Fung of Crain’s New York Business and Stephen Kliegerman of Halstead Property Development Marketing talk about the current and future state of New York City’s real estate market.

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Jamaican Elections

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

David McFadden, an Associated Press reporter based in Kingston, Jamaica, will be discussing the Jamaican elections which took place last week.  

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Open Phones: Iowans on Caucus Day

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Iowa transplants or listeners in Iowa: describe the profile of an Iowa voter - and tell us if you think Iowa deserves to go first.

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Unfulfilled Trains

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Jim O'Grady, WNYC's transit reporter, talks about New York City's abandoned subway stations.

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From Iowa

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, and Sarah McCammon, Iowa Public Radio reporter and Morning Edition host, talk about today's Iowa caucuses and last-minute news from the Republican presidential contenders. 

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2012 Real Estate

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Amanda Fung, Crain's New York Business real estate reporter, and Stephen Kliegerman, president of Halstead Property Development Marketing, look at what's ahead in local real estate. 

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Trends to Watch for this Election Year

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at RealClearPolitics and author of The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government is Up for Grabs and Who Will Take It, looks at the big trends in politics heading into the election year. 

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Making A Difference

Monday, January 02, 2012

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

The Occupy Student Debt movement has inspired a debate about whether a mass default on student loans is a good idea. Activists make their case and discuss solutions to the massive debt problem. Then: Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee on a women's peace movement in Liberia. Plus: how narrative can explain human rights; Frances Moore Lappe and her daughter Anna Lappe on food and the environment; and evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins on how we know what's real.

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How We Know What's Really True

Monday, January 02, 2012

Evolutionary biologist and author of The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True, Richard Dawkins, talks about his new graphic science book illustrated by Dave McKean which explores what we should teach our kids about science and the world and why. 

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Narrative Threads

Monday, January 02, 2012

Lawrence Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, revisits some of his past "adventures," in essays on topics ranging from digital imagery to human rights in the Balkans and Rwanda. 

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Pray The Devil Back to Hell

Monday, January 02, 2012

Leymah Gbowee, Liberian activist and winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize and author with Carol Mithers of Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, talks about her work and the documentary about her life that aired on PBS. She is joined by the director of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Gini Reticker

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Thoughtful Response to Environmental Crises

Monday, January 02, 2012

Small Planet Institute co-founders, Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe, argue that it isn't physical challenges like climate change that threten us the most, but how we think about them. Frances, author of Diet for a Small Planet, also discusses her new book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

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OWS and Student Loans

Monday, January 02, 2012

OWS wants people to default on their student loan debts. Anya Kamenetz, senior writer for Fast Company magazine and author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and Generation Debt, discusses the idea and other news around higher education financing. 

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Subscribe to It's A Free Country: The Podcast

Friday, December 30, 2011

Brian Lehrer and Caitlin Thompson welcome you to the podcast -- launching on January 11th.

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Color Schemes

Friday, December 30, 2011

Keith Recker, co-author with Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, looks at the last century through its changing color palettes. 

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Artists as Activists

Friday, December 30, 2011

Shepard Fairey, a street artist and Christy Maclear executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation talk about the inaugural year of the 'Artist as Activist' print project launched by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless

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Pilgrimage: Annie Leibovitz's America

Friday, December 30, 2011

Annie Leibovitz, legendary photographer and author of Pilgrimage, discusses her journey through this country, taking photographs of American pilgrimage sights. 

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Bruce Davidson on Photographing the Subway

Friday, December 30, 2011

Bruce Davidson, legendary photographer, discusses the 25th Anniversary of his collection, Subway, which has just been re-released and reviews our listener-submitted subway shots. 

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ABC's of Phobias

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast designs her own take on the alphabet book, from "alien abduction" to the end in What I Hate from A to Z.

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