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Monday, April 18, 2011

The budget fights in Washington are far from over. National Review’s Reihan Salam discusses the negotiations from his right-of-center point of view. Plus: Marwan Bishara on Al-Jazeera English on the latest from the Middle East and North Africa; a member of the group behind the GE tax return hoax, US Uncut, talks about their work on Tax Day; Malalai Joya, a women’s right and democracy activist from Afghanistan, talks about her work; and a review of Passover food. 

Budget Battles Continue

Reihan SalamNational Review contributor who writes "The Agenda", the National Review's domestic policy blog, and a columnist for The Daily, discusses the budget battles in Congress from a right-of-center point of view.

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Open Phones: Walcott Peace Offering

It's a vacation week for NYC public schools, so we open the phones for teachers on what they expect from the very new Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, and what they learned during the very short tenure of Cathie Black. Walcott delivered a speech this past weekend saying:

The conversation we hear is about the poor and the wealthy; charter schools versus district schools; and who is to blame for the failures of our education system. People on both sides of this debate have been guilty of contributing to the current polarized atmosphere. That poisonous debate is hurting our children. And they don’t have time to wait for us to grow up.

Will you take Walcott up on his offer? What will help the "polarized debate"? What do you make of the differences between Walcott and Black? Let us know!

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Women in Afganistan

Malalai Joya, Afghan women's and democracy activist and author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice, talks about her work and the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

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Empire and the Middle East

Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst for Al-Jazeera English and host of Empire, the monthly show about global powers, talks about the latest news from the Middle East and North Africa and shares his perspective on the political dynamics of the region.

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US Uncut on Tax Day

Andrew Boyd, member of the National Coordinating Group for US Uncut, and Chuck Collins, co-founder of US Uncut, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy and director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good, talk about US Uncut's efforts to advocate against the tax loopholes for large corporations, what they propose as a solution and last week's GE hoax.

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Loves the Holiday, Not the Food

Siân Gibby, who contributes to and copy edits Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Lifewrites about her struggle to embrace traditional Passover food since her conversion to Judaism in 2005

Listeners: How traditional are your Seder meals? Is it okay to modify some of the food traditions? Comment here!

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