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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

More details are emerging about the death of Osama bin Laden. Karen Greenberg, executive director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU, talks about how interrogation may have led to critical information. Plus: Julian Assange’s attorney, Mark Stephens, talks about the effects of Wikileaks on transparency and foreign policy; Jill Lepore of The New Yorker connects American history and the present; SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on funding the state’s public university system; the carbon footprint of everything, including bananas. 

Did Torture Lead Us To bin Laden?

Karen Greenberg, executive director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU, discusses the path that led the United States to Osama bin Laden and how interrogation led to critical information.

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Open Phones: Chanting USA

Crowds broke out in the "USA-USA" chant on Sunday night after the news of Osama bin Laden's death. Were you among the cheerers? Do you cringe when someone tries to start it? Plus, Daniel Fromson, associate editor at The Atlantic, explains the history of the cheer. What's your take on the complex emotions around the simplest cheer? Let us know!

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Past and Present With Jill Lepore: The 1765 Death of Newspapers

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, is our weekly guest for the month of May. She will discuss how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States.

Today's historical moment: The death of newspapers in 1765.

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WikiLeaks' Lawyer

Mark Stephens, Julian Assange’s attorney, talks about the effects of Wikileaks on transparency and foreign policy. 

Mark Stephens is taking part in a panel discussion this evening at Columbia Journalism School: Life After WikiLeaks: Who Won the Information War?

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The SUNY System

Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York, talks about the State University of New York system and a new program, NYSUNY 2020, which will increase capital funding for research campuses and would set a schedule of different tuition increases.

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