Art for Arts Sake

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Comedian and author Steve Martin talks about the contemporary New York art scene, which is the setting for his new novel An Object of Beauty. Plus: Implementing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal; What happened to the DREAM act, and what it’s failure means for immigration reform; and why the elderly are better entrepreneurs then the young.

DADT - Implementing the Repeal

Kevin Baron, Pentagon reporter for Stars and Stripes, discusses how the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" will be implemented. Also, Michelle McCluer, executive director of the National Institute of Military Justice at American University Washington College of Law, addresses the complications that will arise around re-enlisting military members that were involuntarily discharged under DADT.

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Stopping the DREAM Act

Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group advocating for lower immigration levels, explains his group's successful efforts to defeat the DREAM Act.

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Ngram Searching

Ben Zimmer, writer of the New York Times Magazine "On Language" column, plays with Google's new Ngram linguistic search tool and looks through lists of comparisons.

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Steve Martin: Art and Commerce

Steve Martin, comedian, actor, playwright and author of An Object of Beauty: A Novel, talks about the contemporary New York art scene -- the setting of his third novel.

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Entrepreneurs: Age Matters

Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan discusses some of the posts coming into the Rut Or Recovery project from listeners striking out on their own to start a business. Then, Annie Lowrey, reporter on economics and business for Slate, explains why old people make better entrepreneurs than young ones.

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Census Releases Numbers

Angelo Falcón, president and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, discusses the national, state, and reapportionment data released by the U.S. Census today.

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