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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Obama administration is in direct secret talks with senior officials in the Taliban. New Yorker writer Steve Coll explains the negotiations.  Plus, New York comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Wall Street bonuses; Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman Phil Angelides on the financial meltdown; and an introduction to the Public Insight Network (PIN). 

DOMA Done?

Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, reacts to the DOJ's decision to stop defending the Defense Of Marriage Act. 

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Wall Street Bonuses

New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, discusses his recent report on Wall Street bonus payouts, which found that 2010 was the second-best year on record for Wall St. firms.

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PIN: Join the Crowd

Walyce Almeida, WNYC's Public Insight Network (PIN) analyst, explains WNYC's new listener/source initiative.

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Talking to the Taliban

Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation and contributor to the New Yorker, discusses his latest New Yorker article, which reveals that the U.S. has been in direct talks with the Taliban. He also reacts to the latest news from the Middle East.

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Crisis Lessons: Ask the Chairman

Phil Angelides, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman, is a weekly guest for the month of February.  This week he continues to unpack the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission findings on the reasons behind the economic meltdown.  

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