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The Big Picture: Jill Lepore and Matt Taibbi

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

For the final installment of our election series The Big Picture, contributing editor for Rolling Stone Matt Taibbi and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore discuss the results of Election Day—what happened at the polls, who won and who lost, and the state of the country. Taibbi’s new book Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, unravels the story of financial crisis. Lepore’s new book The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History looks at American history according to the far right.

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The Big Picture: Midterms and the World

Thursday, October 28, 2010

James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, and Ryan Avent, online economics editor for The Economist, look at how then U.S. midterms are playing around the world and at how the election could affect a number of global policy concerns: from the debate over China’s valuation of its currency, to EU austerity measures, to the prospects for an arms reduction treaty with Russia.

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The Big Picture: Incumbents

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Our election series The Big Picture takes a look at the incumbents running for re-election and why many of them may be at risk of losing their seats. Nate Silver, of the New York Times' blog FiveThirtyEight, joins us to discuss some of the most heated races in the nation.

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The Big Picture: The Economy

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, joins us for this week’s edition of our election series The Big Picture, to discuss the major issue of the midterm elections: the state of the economy. He’ll look at how the recession has played out, the economic solutions being debated on the campaign trail, and what policy changes would lift the country out of its economic slump. His latest book, Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, has just been published in paperback.

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The Big Picture: Iraq and Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On this week’s edition of The Big Picture, a look at why our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has not been more of an issue on the campaign trail during this election season. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, explains what the official withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq and the increase in the number of troops in Afghanistan has meant for candidates and voters so far this year.

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The Big Picture: The Environment

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The 2010 midterms are heating up, but none of the candidates seem to be talking about global warming. For the latest installment of The Big Picture, New York Times columnist Andy Revkin joins us to talk about why climate change and the environment are MIA in this election, along with Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent. His article “As The World Burns” can be found in the most recent issue of the magazine.

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The Big Picture: The Stimulus

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

For this week’s edition of The Big Picture, Michael Grunwald, Senior Correspondent for Time magazine, discusses the American Recovery and Reinvestment act of 2009—the stimulus bill—which Republicans have called 'too much government spending' and 'not enough' by many Democrats. He’ll explain what the stimulus bill called for, where funds have gone, and how effective it has been in boosting the economy and creating jobs.

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The Big Picture: California

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

With unemployment passing 12% and a state budget shortfall around $20 billion, the economic picture in California is looking bleak. On today's edition of our 2010 midterm-election series The Big Picture, Cathleen Decker, state politics editor and writer for the Los Angeles Times, and by Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, look at the crises plaguing the Golden State and candidates who want a shot at fixing them.

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The Big Picture: New York

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

For our weekly election series, The Big Picture 2010, WNYC's reporters Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah take a look at the elections in New York State this November and what we can expect this primary day.

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