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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Freakonomics Radio host Stephen Dubner goes through the surprising economics of parenting, the suicide paradox, the upside of quitting, and the folly of prediction. Plus: CNN’s national security expert Peter Bergen talks about Al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden; the future of NJN; Governor Cuomo’s deal-making; and Connecticut state workers reject the Governor’s deal.

Tri-State Roundup

Azi Paybarah, politics reporter for the New York Observer, discusses Governor Cuomo and New York State political dealmaking. Then, John Dankosky, news director at WNPR and host of Where We Live, discusses whether unions and Governor Malloy will be able to agree on a budget. Then, Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, discusses how the NJN transfer to WNET was allowed by the legislature--and the politics of it.                         

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Violent Video Games

Cheryl Olson, public health researcher and co-author of, Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Dodiscusses why she thinks violent video games aren't so bad for kids.

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Peter Bergen: After Bin Laden

Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst and author of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda, weighs in on the current state and future of the war on terror.

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Freakonomics Week

How much do parents really matter? And are we sure winners never quit and quitters never win? Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio and co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, talks about the unexpected economics behind issues like parenthood and quitting.

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