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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

View of the WikiLeaks homepage taken in Washington on November 28, 2010. Whistleblower website WikiLeaks unleashed a flood of US cables detailing shocking diplomatic episodes. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty)

Several recent books offer opposing views about the Internet and social media and whether they will prove a boon or a curse to society.  The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik rounds up the arguments.  Plus, Floyd Abrams looks at the rights of alleged Wikileaks source Bradley Manning; and the details of the proposed NYC teacher layoffs.

Libya, Wisconsin, and Washington

Warships, no-fly-zones, and UN resolutions in the Middle East. Unions, collective bargaining and budget woes in the Mid-West. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, discusses what's on the Obama administation's mind today.

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Giving Wikileaks a Legal Look

Floyd Abrams, a visiting professor of First Amendment Law at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, will give his legal perspective on Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

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The Internet is Making Us (Blank)

Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker, discusses how books like Dr. Elias Aboujaoude's Virtually You and Nicolas Carr's The Shallows have been tackling the subject of the Internet and how it changes the way we behave and think.

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Teacher Layoffs: The List

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's release of the list of 4,500 teacher positions that would be eliminated if proposed cuts go into effect.

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Science 101: Evolution and Genes

Last year, New York City's 4th and 8th graders scored below both the state and national averages on a nationwide science exam. Just 13% of eighth-graders were deemed proficient in science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Every day over the next week, we'll take a few minutes to get to the bottom of some common science questions.

Our Science expert is Rob DeSalle, curator in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History.

Today: Evolution and genes

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