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The Mindset Lists

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Tom McBride, professor of English and Keefer Professor of the Humanities at Beloit College, and Ron Nief, emeritus director of public affairs at Beloit College, discuss their new book The Mindset Lists of American History, which chronicles what has always and never been true for different generations and how that affects their worldview. 

Listeners: What has always and never been true for you? Has Michelangelo always been a turtle? Has there always been the Grateful Dead? Has there always been AIDS? Have you never needed to worry about being drafted? Tell us what year you turned 18 and what has always or never been true for you--and how you think that shapes how you see the world. Comment here!

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John McWhorter on Language

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Linguist and author John McWhorter talks about his new book, What Language Is: And What It Isn't and What It Could Be.

Event: John is reading tonight, August 9, 2011, at 7 pm at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street in Manhattan.

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Triathlon Nightmare

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

In the wake of two deaths in NYC's Nautica Triathlon this weekend, Dr. Jordan Metzl, sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, 28-time marathon runner, nine-time Ironman finisher, and medical columnist for Triathlete Magazine, speaks about the intensity of triathlons and the injuries that can be sustained in competition.

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Monday Morning Politics

Monday, August 08, 2011

Bloomberg BusinessWeek senior editor Diane Brady, and Will Saletan, Slate’s national correspondent, and Jacob Goldstein from NPR's Planet Money, and WNYC's Ilya Marritz from the Stock Exchange floor, chat about the S&P downgrade, the market reaction today, and the political fallout.

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Nickel and Dimed Again

Monday, August 08, 2011

Author Barbara Ehrenreich discusses the new afterword to her 2001 bestselling book, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, and how it relates to today's bleak economic picture.

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Dollars and Sense

Monday, August 08, 2011

The US economy added 117,000 jobs in July, but fears of a double-dip recession persist. Diane Brady of Bloomberg BusinessWeek breaks down the latest economic and political news. Plus: Barbara Ehrenreich on the 10th anniversary of her bestseller Nickel and Dimed; Tufts University medical professor Nassir Ghaemi on the links between leadership and mental illness; the legacy of former Governor Hugh Carey; and the implications of facial recognition technology with Farhad Manjoo from Slate. 

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Crazy to Lead

Monday, August 08, 2011

Nassir Ghaemi, MD, professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, director of the Tufts Medical Center Mood Disorders Program in Boston and author of A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, looks at the surprising links between successful leadership and mood disorders.

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Facial Recognition

Monday, August 08, 2011

Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo discusses recent advances in facial recognition technology and the implications for security and society.

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The Legacy of Gov. Hugh Carey

Monday, August 08, 2011

Wayne Barrett, Newsweek/Daily Beast contributor and a fellow at The Nation Institute, talks about how the liberal Democrat governor rescued New York from the brink of financial collapse in the 1970s.

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The Unstoppable Man

Friday, August 05, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using his private money to fight poverty. Joyce Purnick, longtime New York Times political writer and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, talks about New York City when it no longer has a billionaire mayor. Plus: New York Magazine’s John Heilemann on the latest from the 2012 GOP Presidential race; photojournalist Joao Silva on going back to work with prosthetic legs; and how public transportation makes money.

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Transit Systems That Make Money

Friday, August 05, 2011

How does the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway make money, and what can the MTA learn from it? Alex Marshall, senior fellow at the Regional Plan Association, independent journalist and author of How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken and Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities, weighs in.

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The 2012 Republican Race and the Romney-Huntsman Rivalry

Friday, August 05, 2011

John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine, breaks down the latest news from the 2012 Republican presidential race and his cover piece on the history of the Romney-Huntsman rivalry.

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Joao Silva: The Unstoppable Man

Friday, August 05, 2011

Photojournalist Joao Silva talks about adjusting to using prosthetic legs after a 2010 mine explosion in Afghanistan and his plans to compete in the New York City marathon and continue photographing crisis and combat. 

Buy Joao's photos and support his recovery here.

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Low-Cost Vacation Rental Websites

Friday, August 05, 2011

Laura Michonski, deputy digital editor of Budget Travel Magazine, compares the various vacation rental housing websites.

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Weak Economy and Plans to Fix it

Friday, August 05, 2011

Annie Lowrey, economy and business reporter for Slate, discusses the stock slide yesterday, the jobs numbers out today, and the various strategies in Europe and the U.S. to fix the weak economy.

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Bloomberg's Private Efforts

Friday, August 05, 2011

Joyce Purnick, WNYC political analyst, longtime New York Times political writer and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's use of private money to fight poverty and to fund Regents testing—and what New York City will do when it no longer has a billionaire mayor.

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Motions and Gestures

Thursday, August 04, 2011

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed suits on hydrofracking and the Defense of Marriage Act. He discusses his work as the state’s chief lawyer. Plus: David Weprin, the Democratic candidate looking to fill Anthony Weiner’s vacated seat representing NY-9, talks about his campaign; the latest from Israel; Anna Sale of It’s A Free Country travels to Colorado to find the independent voter; Tom Scocca of Deadspin and Slate on Beijing; and what Brian Lehrer should read on his summer vacation. 

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Open Phones: Brian's Summer Vacation Reading and Music List

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Brian's off for the next two weeks, and he needs good recommendations to feed his media appetite.

Listeners: What should Brian listen to, what should he read?!

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Beijing: Ancient Modern City

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Tom Scocca, managing editor at Deadspin, Slate columnist and author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future, discusses his new book and the ancient modern city he covered as it spiffed up for the Olympics.

Event: Tom will be appearing at Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street in Manhattan, at 7pm Thursday, August 4, 2011. Or catch him at the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street at Water Street in Brooklyn, at 7pm on Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

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Israel Today

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Sheera Frenkel, correspondent for NPR and The Times of London in Jerusalem, joins from Israel to talk about protests and political news from the country.

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