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Friday, January 14, 2011

South Sudan is expected to vote for independence in this week's referendum.  John Prendergast from the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity, and the Sudan-born Nisrin Elamin, a senior trainer and curriculum specialist at the NYC-based youth development organization Global Kids, explains what this will mean for the troubled country. Plus: Ian Bremmer, the president of Eurasia Group, runs down the top political risks of 2011; the economic justice legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and a close look at the connection between marijuana use and psychosis.

After Tucson

John Heilemann, national political correspondent and columnist for New York Magazine and co-author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, talks about the national ramifications of the Tucson shootings. 

Listeners: Call in and tell us whether you think Obama's healthcare plan is a moral imperative or if you find it morally offensive. Is a moral common ground possible?

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Top Political Risks of 2011

With the new year comes some new global risks, according to geopolitical risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group's recent report, "Top Risks 2011." Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, discusses North Korea, US policy gridlock, WikiLeaks-style "info-anarchists," and other political risks that made this year's list.

Ian Bremmer will be taking part in a panel discussion, "Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2011," on Wednesday, January 19 12:00 PM at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 170 East 64th Street.

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Sudanese Vote on Their Country's Future

Sudanese expat Nisrin Elamin, blogger at Stories From Darfur and coordinator of the Support Darfur Project, joins John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, to discuss Southern Sudan's current referendum on independence and what it means for the troubled country.

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MLK and Economic Justice

Michael Honey, former Southern civil rights organizer and professor of labor and ethnic history at the University of Washington-Tacoma, discusses Martin Luther King Jr.'s economic justice legacy. Honey is the editor of "All Labor Has Dignity," a new collection of King's speeches on labor rights and economic justice, and the author of Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign.

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Following Up: Pot and Psychosis

Maia Szalavitz, neuroscience journalist and contributor to Time magazine's Healthland blog, discusses some of the research examining the connection between marijuana use and psychosis.

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