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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Protests from Libya to Bahrain have become increasingly more violent.  New Yorkers from across the Middle East call in with their stories from home.  Plus: economist Dambisa Moyo; and author Joan Wolf challenges the idea that breastfeeding is medically superior to bottle feeding. 

Open Phones: Middle Eastern New Yorkers

Listeners, what have you been hearing from your contacts in the Middle East region? Call us with your thoughts and feelings about the uprisings there. Plus, Debbie Almontaser, an educator and board chair of the Muslim Consultative Network, whose brother lives in Yemen, will discuss her views on what's happening in the Middle East. 

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Underfunded 401Ks

Wall Street Journal stock market reporter E.S. Browning, reports that boomers with 401K retirement plans are starting to discover they haven't saved enough. 

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Gay Superheroes

We look at the history of gay superheroes, and whether the comic book world portrays homosexuals fairly. Perry Moore, who passed away last week, was a major champion of the portrayal of gay characters in comic books - and a critic of their deaths. Vito Del Santo  from Jim Hanley's Universe, goes over some of the characters.

What do you think about gay characters in comic books. Do they get fair treatment?

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The Wisconsin Public Union Battle and the Future of U.S. Labor

The budget battle in Wisconsin is putting public employee unions on the spot. Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker discusses what Wisconsin tells us about public vs. private unions and the future of collective bargaining.

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Sunset of the West

Dambisa Moyo, Zambian-born economist and the author of Dead Aid and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead, says Western government's short-sighted policies threaten their economic supremacy.

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Is Breast Best?

Joan B. Wolf, assistant professor of Women's Studies at Texas A&M University, challenges the belief that breastfeeding is medically superior to bottle feeding in her new book, Is Breast Best?: Taking on the Breastfeeding Experts and the New High Stakes of Motherhood.

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