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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tunisian men read the newspaper on Janaury 18, 2011 at the Kasbah in Tunis. (Fethi Belaid/Getty)

Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times who is on the ground in Tunis, discuss the uprising in Tunisia and what it means for the region. Plus: internet guru Clay Shirky talks about social media’s function in protest movements, including the revolution in Tunisia; the debate over home care versus nursing homes and what it means for Medicaid; a call-in to compare different cultures’ parenting styles; and 100 days until the Royal Wedding.

Tunisia: Checking In on the Jasmine Revolution

Steven Cook, senior fellow for the Middle Eastern Studies Council on Foreign Relations, and Borzou DaragahiLos Angeles Times Beirut bureau chief, discuss what's happening on the ground in the Tunisian capital and what it means for the rest of the Middle East and North Africa.

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NYC Medicaid Fraud?

The federal government is accusing New York City of keeping too many Medicaid patients at home as a way to cut expenses. New York Times reporter Anemona Hartocollis looks at the debate.

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Everybody Lies: The Truth About Foreign Policy

John Mearsheimer, professor of political science at University of Chicago and author of Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics, discusses his new book.

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Social Media and Revolution

Clay Shirky, internet guru, professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, discusses the how social media tools are affecting political power structures, especially in the case of the turmoil in Tunisia.

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Open Phones: Immigrant Parenting Styles

Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has got lots of people talking about what it means to be a "Chinese mother." Immigrants from anywhere: call us up and tell us if you see "Chinese parenting" in your culture. Call in or comment here!

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The Royal Wedding

Gabriel Gatehouse, UK affairs correspondent for the BBC World Service discusses Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding set for 100 days from today.

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Brian Lehrer's Web Video Picks: 1/19/11

Brian Lehrer's video picks for the week of 1/19/11.

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