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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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Winter Arts: Indie Movies

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Rafer Guzman, Newsday critic and Takeaway contributor, and Jada Yuan, contributing editor for New York Magazine, NYMag.com, and Vulture.com, talk about independent films in the theaters, coming soon, and at Sundance.

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Walking the Lines

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) is sounding the alarm over what the House transportation bill would change for cyclists and pedestrians. LAB president Andy Clarke talks about the proposals and their impact on New York and New Jersey.   Author Mei-Ling Hopgood starts a February series on the "best practices" of parenting around the world.  Journalist William Shawcross talks about his new book Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and democratic values in times of war.  Plus, what the Facebook IPO means for your data, a discussion of indie movies and the Sundance Film Festival, and we take your calls on teaching controversial history topics to students.   

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The Gingrich Long-Tail, Romney "Not Concerned About Poor", and #EnoughWhat?

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Episode #4: After Romney's decisive victory in Florida, is it just a matter of going through the motions until he's the nominee? Not according to Newt Gingrich and Todd Zwillich. Todd, Anna Sale and Brian Lehrer play their most revealing clips of the week and discuss the disappearing issue of poverty; Gingrich's February strategy; and Rick Santorum's "third-way" approach. Plus, Brian impersonates Howard Dean.

Don't forget this week's twitter challenge: Answer the question #EnoughWhat? What have you had enough of in the first month of Election 2012?  (See what others are saying)

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Komen Foundation Stops Planned Parenthood Funding

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure says it will stop funding Planned Parenthood centers -- leaving women and health advocates divided. Rebecca Traister, contributor to the New York Times Magazine and Salon.com and the author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, comments.

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How to Be Black with Baratunde Thurston

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Co-founder of Jack & Jill Politics, and director of digital at The OnionBaratunde Thurston, talks about the complexities of contemporary racial politics in his new book, How To Be Black.  

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Freedom and the Internet

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, co-founder of Global Voices and author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom, wants to advance the discussion from whether the Internet can be a force for democracy or repression to exactly how that battle is being waged. 

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The State of the Occupation

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Four months ago, protesters first entered Zuccotti Park. Allison Kilkenny, contributing reporter for In These Times, The Nation, and co-host of Citizen Radio discusses where the Occupy Wall Street movement is now and where it's headed.

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Florida After the Primary

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Patchwork Nation director, Dante Chinni, analyzes how the Florida primary vote broke down by demographics. We're also joined by Jennifer Rubin, "Right Turn" blogger for the Washington Post, to discuss the state of the Republican party now that Mitt Romney has been declared the victor in the Florida primary.   

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