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Friday, May 06, 2011

The Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has been detained by the Chinese government since early April, and an exhibition of his sculptures opened yesterday in Manhattan. Evan Osnos of The New Yorker joins from Beijing to discuss Weiwei’s work and activism. Plus: the controversy over the use of “Geronimo” as the code-name for the bin Laden operation; Daniel Markey of the Council for Foreign Relation and Matt Rosenberg of the Wall Street Journal discuss the U.S.-Pakistan relations; and the WNYC/New York Times Bird-Watching map. 

Republican Debate Reaction

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, to offer her quick take on last night's first debate of the 2012 election season. She will be joined by Charles (Chuck) Dunn, professor of government at Regent University and Reihan Salam, National Review Online domestic policy reporter.  

→ Listen, Read a Recap and Add Your Comments at It's A Free Country  

Real Estate Regulations

Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter, goes through some of the ways the city and state are affecting housing costs, from rent regulations to property taxes.

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Tonya Gonella Frichner, president and founder of the American Indian Law Alliance, recent North American Regional Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and Ben Zimmer, executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and, discuss the controversy over the use of an  American Indian hero, Geronimo, as the code-name for the Bin Laden operation. 

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The Next Chapter with Pakistan

Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, talks about the implications of the killing of Osama bin Laden on the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan and Matt Rosenberg, correspondent in Pakistan for the Wall Street Journal, reports from the ground in Pakistan on the reaction to Osama bin Laden's death.

→ Listen, Read a Recap, and Add Your Comments at It's A Free Country

On Ai Weiwei

Evan Osnos, staff writer for The New Yorker in Beijing, discusses Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, who has been detained by the Chinese government since  April 3, 2011, and why it matters.

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Best NYC Bird-Watching Map

Emily Rueb, New York Times senior producer at the Metro desk, and Jim Colgan, digital editor at the Takeaway, wraps up the WNYC/New York Times collaboration for Bird Week. Alongside them is Tom Stephenson who travels the world to birdwatch. He is a birding trip leader, photographer, sound engineer and the author of a forthcoming book about Warblers.

→ Watch the live Hawk Cam nested outside the 12th floor office of NYU President

Check out Your Favorite Bird-Watching Spots in NYC!

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