Modest Proposals

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has decided to pull the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that seeks to reduce CO2 emissions from energy plants. Bob Martin, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner, discusses that announcement as well as hydrofracking in New Jersey and the DEP’s proposal for public beachfront access. Plus: the inside world of ESPN; a modest proposal on flogging; and this intern nation. 

New Cell Phone Danger Rating Explained

Washington Post reporter Rob Stein, explains the new classification for cell phones by the World Health Organization, which placed the devices in the "possibly carcinogenic to humans" category

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Coastal Access and Greenhouse Gas in New Jersey

Bob Martin, New Jersey Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, discusses the DEP's proposal regarding public access to the waterfront; Governor Christie's announcement that NJ will opt out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and fracking in New Jersey.

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ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun

James Andrew Miller, co-author of Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, talks about the sports network ESPN, the American sports television brand.

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Germany Getting Off Nuclear Energy

Michael Levi, senior fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the economic ripple effects of Germany announcing that it will get off nuclear power.

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A Modest Criminal Justice Proposal

Peter Moskos, assistant professor of law and police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a former Baltimore City police officer, and author of In Defense of Flogging, says flogging might improve our current (flawed) criminal justice system.

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Intern Nation

Ross Perlin, researcher at the Himalayan Languages Project, and the author of Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy, discusses his research into the history of the intern industry and the role of internships in the American economy.

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