Religion and Unrest

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

University of California’s Reza Aslan discusses the latest from Egypt, and the role religion plays in the Arab world and the United States. Plus: Bloomberg battles Albany over the budget; venture capitalist Andy Kessler explains why cutting jobs can be a good thing; and Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel on the Koch brothers, and what they might mean for campaign finance reform.  

Bloomberg in Albany

Mayor Bloomberg testified in Albany on Monday about the effects on New York City of Governor Cuomo's budget proposals and the changes he wants to make to pensions. Azi Paybarah, WNYC political reporter and author of The Empire blog discusses the Mayor's comments.

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The Koch Brothers Vs Campaign Finance

Kenneth Vogel, Politico senior reporter, on what the Koch brothers mean for the campaign finance movement.

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Cutting Jobs, For Good

Andy Kessler, hedge fund manager who cofounded Velocity Capital Management and the author of Eat People: And Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs, says entrepreneurs who eliminate jobs in the short term help workers and the economy in the long term.

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Religion and Revolution

Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and author of  Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, compares the role of religion in the United States and Egypt as protest continues throughout the Arab world. 

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UK Economy: A Warning Against Budget Cuts?

Paul Wallace, European economics editor for The Economist, discusses the contraction in the UK economy and how it's playing into the debate over spending versus austerity measures.

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Sleepovers sound fun, but they can be challenging for parents. Perri Klass, author, pediatrician and contributor to the New York Times Science Times, discusses the hurdles.

Listeners, what are your tips and tricks for a successful sleepover?

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