Changing Maps

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Yorker editor David Remnick proposes a plan for the United States to support a Palestinian state and negotiate peace as part of efforts for diplomacy in the Middle East. Plus: the week-long series on pensions continues with a look at the investment of public pension funds; and New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts talks about how the 2010 Census results show a growing Hispanic population and how that will affect the new political map and the reapportionment process. 

Finding Budget Common Ground

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), who voted "no" on the three-week federal budget extension, and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), who voted "yes", discuss the budget battles in Washington.

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Japanese Response

Linda Lowen, an award-winning Japanese American journalist who heads the Women's Issues guide at, talks about how the Japanese are responding to the triple disasters - and why those responses can be hard for Americans to understand.  Read her recent post, "Understanding Japanese Stoicism in the Face of Japan's Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami."

Are you Japanese or following Japanese media coverage? Let us know about the cultural differences you see.

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Census Results: The Hispanic Vote

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, is a weekly guest for the month of March. Each week he talks about the 2010 Census results and what they reveal about Americans and New Yorkers. This week he discusses how the Hispanic population has expanded.

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Calling for a Peace Plan

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and author of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, calls on President Obama to clearly support a Palestinian state and offer a peace plan.

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All About Pensions: Investing the Public Funds

Open Phones: Your Best Irish Accent

On this St. Patrick's Day, you may be hearing people attempting their best Irish accents. Because these attempts are usually bad, we've invited a professional dialect coach to help.

Listeners: call us up and try to stump the dialect coach. Charlotte Fleck, professional dialect coach and dialect professor at Brooklyn College, will guess whether your Irish or Irish-American accent is real or fake. And for you fakers, she'll offer advice about how to improve your imitation. 

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