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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

gyptians gather to buy bread in central Cairo on January 31, 2011 (Mohammed Abed/Getty)

The global food crisis has driven food costs up around the world. Author Raj Patel traces the link between those prices and the unrest in the Middle East.  Plus: City Council speaker Christine Quinn talks about her state of the city address; Felix Salmon on the sale of the New York Stock Exchange to German owned Deutsche Börse; the rise of Asian fashion in design and pop-culture; and the two filmmakers, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, on their Oscar nominated documentary “Restrepo”.

2011 Food Crisis

Raj Patel, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies, fellow at Food First, and author of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, discusses the global food crisis, and how rising prices are playing a role in the unrest in the Middle East.

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The Speaker's Speech

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about some of the ideas in her State of the City address, including plans for budgeting, jobs, and parking.

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Open Phones: Have You Been Arrested for Marijuana Possession?

Recently released figures by the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services that show a sharp increase in the numbers of arrests for marijuana possession. Have you been arrested for possessing marijuana, or know others who have? Tell us about your experience. Plus, Eugene O'Donnell, professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former NYPD officer, and former prosecuter, discusses the current marijuana laws.

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NYSE Goes German

Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, discusses the sale of the New York Stock Exchange to the German company Deutsche Börse Group and why he thinks the stock market is quickly becoming irrelevant.

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Asian Fashion

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Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Restrepo"

Sebastian Junger, filmmaker/journalist and author of WAR, and filmmaker/photographer Tim Hetherington, discuss their film about the war in Afghanistan, "Restrepo."

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