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Do Low Interest Rates Make a Difference?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Federal Reserve has pledged to keep interest rates low for the foreseeable future. Does it change your behavior? Daniel Gross, columnist and economics editor at Yahoo! Finance, discusses the possible effects of this decision on the financial habits of individuals.

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Redeeming Qualities

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Federal Reserve promised to keep interest rates super low at least thru mid-2013. We want to know if this affects how you’re thinking about making big purchases in the next two years, if at all. Plus: A conversation about whether governments should be able to ask tech companies to help them squash protests; Time’s Bobby Ghosh discusses recent violence in Iraq; journalist and author Enrique Krauze discusses news coming out of various countries in Latin America; WNYC’s Bob Hennelly on who’s responsible for foreclosed properties; and New Yorker writer Dana Goodyear on bugs as food.

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Orders and Choices

Monday, August 15, 2011

Last week, the Bloomberg administration announced a new mandate for sex education classes for middle and high school students. Nancy Biberman of WHEDco in the Bronx discusses the new policy and her organization’s work advocating for sex education in schools. Plus: an analysis of the Iowa Straw Poll with Reihan Salam of The Daily and National Review Online; Northwestern University professor Dorothy Roberts discusses how the findings of the Human Genome Project contrast with racial definitions in medicine and technology; and Julie A. Ross, Executive Director of Parenting Horizons, and Judy Corcoran, freelance writer and marketing copywriter at Magazine Marketers.com, discuss their new book Joint Custody with a Jerk.

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Bert and Ernie

Monday, August 15, 2011

In response to an online petition to “Let Bert and Ernie Get Married on Sesame Street,” the show's producers say that, as puppets, the pair "do not have a sexual orientation."  Mira Jacobs, deputy editor of the parenting site Babble, talks about the ways puppets inform children's education.

Listeners: Would you like to see the roommates tie the knot? Leave a comment below or call in at 11:25 a.m.!

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Sex Education Now Mandatory in NYC Public Schools

Monday, August 15, 2011

In 2007, some Bronx middle school students advocated for sex education classes in their public schools. Nancy Biberman, founder and president of the Bronx community development non-profit WHEDco, and two of the original participants, Yanilsa Frias and Katherine George, now on their way to college, talk about the recent mandate from the Bloomberg administration that schools teach sex education in middle and high schools.

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Fatal Invention: Race and Science

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis professor and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, and author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Re-create Race In the Twenty-First Century, discusses how the findings of the Human Genome Project a decade ago stands in contrast to racial definitions in medicine and technology.

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GOP Straw Poll, Perry Arrives, and More

Monday, August 15, 2011

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, breaks down Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll and the other weekend news, from Rick Perry entering the fray to Tim Pawlenty dropping out.

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Education and Bullying in New Jersey

Monday, August 15, 2011

John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of njspotlight.com, discusses the new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and how No Child Left Behind waivers will affect New Jersey.

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The Uncooperative Ex

Monday, August 15, 2011

Co-parenting after a difficult divorce can be a challenge. Executive director of Parenting Horizons Julie A. Ross, M.A., discusses her new book co-authored by Judy Corcoran, Joint Custody With a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex: A Hands-on Practical Guide to Communicating with a Difficult Ex-Spouse.

Listeners: Parents who share custody of your kids with your ex: What advice would you give about how to cooperate, communicate, and co-parent with an ex? Or ask a question about how you should deal with a difficult ex. Call us or comment here! 

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The Age of Influence

Friday, August 12, 2011

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

A series of books about the dangers of the Internet warns that the World Wide Web is making us shallow, stupid and isolated from one another. Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker discusses the history of media phobias and what these books have in common. Plus: Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Radio; the secrets to screenwriting success; and an hour on parenting – including more babies born in Manhattan; whether growing up in the city better prepares you for life; a children’s book with a name we can’t say on the air; and advice for those with Asperger’s syndrome.  

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Box Office Gold

Friday, August 12, 2011

Screenwriting partners, co-creators of Reno 911 and co-authors of Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon discuss their latest book.

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Asperger Advice

Friday, August 12, 2011

John Elder Robison, author of the memoir Look Me in the Eye and Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachersoffers guidance for those, like himself, on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum.

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Go The F**k to Sleep

Friday, August 12, 2011

Parenting isn't always sweetness and light. Writer Adam Mansbach talks about his popular new book, Go the F**k to Sleep, described by David Byrne as "a children's book for grown-ups." 

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Better Growing Up In The City?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Listeners: Do you think growing up in a diverse, big city better prepares you for life? Does it give you a leg up in some way? Or are you thankful you didn't? Leave your comment here. 

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Raising Manhattanites

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent  for The New York Times, looks at the new census numbers showing more children under five living in Manhattan, but fewer children city-wide.

»» Check out WNYC's census maps below

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Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

Friday, August 12, 2011

How much do parents really matter? And are we sure winners never quit and quitters never win? Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio and co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, talks about the unexpected economics behind issues like parenthood and quitting.

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The Internet is Making Us (Blank)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker, discusses how books like Dr. Elias Aboujaoude's Virtually You and Nicolas Carr's The Shallows have been tackling the subject of the Internet and how it changes the way we behave and think.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Indy Orgs

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's a Free Country political reporter Anna Sale discusses the various groups trying to coalesce independent voters, in week two of her search for the independent voter.

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Iowa Turning Point

Thursday, August 11, 2011

From the debate tonight through to the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday, the next 48 hours in Iowa are a critical test for GOP presidential hopefuls. Congressional correspondent for Bloomberg News Lisa Lerer offers context and analysis of the coming days.

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Bike Messengers and the City

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Urban bike messengers are a devoted bunch with their own subculture. Jeffrey L. Kidder, assistant professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University and a former bike messenger, discusses his new book Urban Flow: Bike Messengers and the City. 

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