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Friday, June 10, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera is the first major performing arts organization to visit Japan since the March earthquake. The Met Opera’s general manager Peter Gelb checks in live from Tokyo—and discusses the state of opera in New York. Plus: the politician personality and whether power leads to bad decisions; the politics of water in China; beating the federal deadline to set up New York’s health insurance exchanges; and Jim Gilliam explains why the internet is his religion.

Power and Politics

In light of the rash of scandals afflicting politicians in office, Deborah Gruenfeld, professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, joins the show to discuss how power and politics can lead to bad decisions. 

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Health Exchange Deadline

To qualify for federal grants, New York has to set up its health insurance exchange before the legislative term ends this month.  Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, talks about the state's late start and what is left to be done.

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Met Opera in Japan

Peter Gelb, General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera, checks in from the Opera's Japan tour, the first visit by a major performing arts organization since the March 11 earthquake.

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China Development and the Water Problem

Massive development and urbanization are jeopardizing China's water supply. Upmanu Lall, director of the Columbia Water Center and professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, and Christina Larson, contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine and fellow at the New America Foundation, discuss China's efforts to deal with this challenge, and urbanization and water issues worldwide.

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Internet as Religion

Jim Gilliam, founder of political software company 3dna, explains why the internet is his religion and how he's working to develop online tools to change the world.

Watch Jim's hit speech from the Personal Democracy Forum below.

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Radio Mad Libs

Leonard B. Stern, the inventor of Mad Libs, died yesterday. In honor of his work, we'll do an on-air Mad Lib based on Larry King's enactment on the show this week of the speech Congressman Anthony Weiner should have given at a press conference as soon as there was speculation that he was sending lewd pictures over Twitter. Here's the Mad Lib with blanks:

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m __[a percentage]__ embarrassed  today. I have for the past three or ___[number greater than three]___ years, been ____[-ing verb]___ people – I don’t know how many ___[plural noun]____ – and I engage in ___[adjective]___ sexual discussions with them. It’s some sort of __[ feeling]___ I can’t explain. I’ve tried to explain it to friends and to my __[member of the family]__ – and finally I’ve decided to get help and I’m going to try to do something about it. If I have offended you, then __[verb]__ against me. But I’m going to try to repair my __[noun – (something which might need fixing)]__ and to beat this thing which I ___[adverb]___ don’t understand. Thank you.”

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