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Friday, June 24, 2011

President Obama decided to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Jacob Goldstein, correspondent for NPR’s Planet Money team, explains what impact that will have and what goes into the decision to tap the reserves. Plus: why Republicans are arguing over the science, not just the solutions, of climate change; a Money U segment about the ins and outs of paying for college; and New Yorker magazine pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones offers cultural analysis about the importance of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Adele.

Washington's Budget Breakdown

Congressional Quarterly senior writer Joseph Schatz discusses the "impasse" reached between Congressional Republicans and the White House over the federal budget.

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Obama and Gay Marriage

President Obama held an LGBT fundraiser last night, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage. Evan Wolfsen, president of Freedom to Marry, discusses the President’s approach to the issue.

LGBT listeners: What do you think? Is this President a strong enough advocate for gay rights and gay marriage? Let us know!

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Following Up: Climategate

Ron Bailey, Reason magazine science correspondent and former global warming skeptic, gives his view of why Republican presidential candidates are arguing over the science of, not just the solutions to, climate change.

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Tapping the Strategic Reserves

To tap or not to tap? NPR's Planet Money correspondent Jacob Goldstein discusses President Obama's decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves and what goes into the decision-making process.

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Money U: How to Pay For College

Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of and and author of Secrets to Winning a Scholarship, offers advice on paying for college.

Listeners: Do you have questions about the FAFSA, college loans, scholarships, or anything else about paying for college? Call us at 212-433-WNYC or ask your question here!

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Gaga vs. Beyoncé vs. Adele

Sasha Frere-Jones, pop music critic for the New Yorker magazine, compares the current leading ladies of pop. 

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