Finding A Niche

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The midterm election results don’t only impact national politics and big issues. Niche interests, like funding for NASA and the future of net neutrality, will also be affected by the incoming electorate. Plus: a look at how much food is thrown away in America; Congressman-Elect Michael Grimm on his win over an incumbent and his new office; and a follow-up on the projects developed at The Great Urban Hack NYC.

Bush's Book

James Gordon Meek, correspondent for the New York Daily News Washington bureau, and Anne Kornblut, national politics reporter for The Washington Post, discuss President Bush's new memoir, Decision Points.

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Congressman-Elect Grimm

Michael Grimm, newly elected Congressman from NY-13, which includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, talks about his win over incumbent Michael McMahon.

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Jonathan Bloom, Wasted Food blogger and the author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) talks about why half of America's food goes uneaten and what consumers can do to cut waste.

What are your tips for cutting down on food waste?

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President Obama in Asia

President Obama was in India yesterday, he's in Indonesia today on his way to South Korea for the G-20 meeting, and then he'll head to Japan before he returns to the U.S. Vishakha Desai, president of the Asia Society, discusses the politics of the President's trip to Asia.

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Election Fall-Out: Net Neutrality, Freelancers, Space

We shine the spotlight on a few smaller issues that were affected significantly by the results of last Tuesday's election. Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for net neutrality; also, Sara Horowitz, executive director of Working Today Freelancer's Union, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for freelancers; then, Tariq Malik, Managing Editor for, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for NASA and the American Space program.

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Following Up: The Great Urban Hack

This past weekend, journalists and developers pulled an all-nighter at the Great Urban Hack, where they helped create projects to help New Yorkers gather information they need and strengthen community. Projects ranged from taxi data visualization to mapping New York's roaches. Beth Davidz, senior developer at AOL; Zoe Fraade-Blanar, technology consultant for news media; and Maxwell Shron, data scientist for OK Cupid, share their stories from the event. 

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