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Monday, June 06, 2011

Twenty fire companies are set to close due to Mayor Bloomberg’s budget cuts. Journalist Joe Flood explains how they decided which companies to shutter—and how they’re trying to avoid making the same mistakes they made in the 1970's. Plus: this week in politics; unrest in Yemen; Freakonomics Radio host Stephen Dubner; overcoming social barriers; and cooking for a newborn.

Washington's Week

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to, rounds up the national news.

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Closing Firehouses

Joe Flood, author of The Fires: How a Computer Formula, Big Ideas, and the Best of Intentions Burned Down New York City-and Determined the Future of Cities, discusses how the city chose which firehouses to close, and the budget pressures and battles over the FDNY.

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All Together Now

Appalachian-born founder and executive director of Spirit in Action, a social justice, movement-building organization, and the author of Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future, Linda Stout shares her expertise with working across religious, racial, religious, political and economic lines.

Event: Linda will be reading at the Bluestockings Bookstore, June 6th at 7:00 PM.  

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Unrest in Yemen

Robert Powell, a Middle East analyst for The Economist Intelligence Unit, discusses the latest in Yemen, where an attack has injured President Saleh, and where the threat of Al-Qaeda looms in the background of instability. 


Freakonomics Radio: All in the Family

Host of Freakonomics Radio (produced by American Public Media’s Marketplace, WNYC, and Dubner Productions) and the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics (2005) and SuperFreakonomics (2009), Stephen J. Dubner talks about the launch of the new radio specials with a look at the economics of family business succession.

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Learning to Cook for Three

Novelist and author of the new book, Cooking for Gracie: The Making of a Parent From Scratch, Keith Dixon reflects on parenting and cooking while parenting.

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