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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Human Rights activist John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, is known for his human rights awareness work in Africa. Hear Prendergast discuss his other longtime role as a Big Brother. Plus: City Journal’s Nicole Gelinas on the end of QE2; WNYC’s Beth Fertig details the City’s education cuts; and former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz discusses his new book, Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business.

BoA, QE2, EU: What To Do?

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington, and Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and co-founder of the blog The Baseline Scenario, discuss some of the big economic stories in today's news. The Fed's program known as QE2 is coming to an end -- did it work? Bank of America is planning to pay $14 billion back to investors who lost money on mortgage deals gone bad -- is it enough? And what's going on in Greece, exactly?

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Big Brother

While fighting against genocide in Africa, John Prendergast, human rights activist and co-founder of the Enough Project, was also a Big Brother to Michael Mattocks in Washington, D.C.  He talks about how that relationship helped them both and the book they co-authored, Unlikely Brothers: Our Story of Adventure, Loss, and Redemption.

Event: John Prendergast and Michael Mattocks will be having a conversation with Ann Curry at McNally Jackson Bookstore at 52 Prince Street on Wednesday 6/29 at 1:00 PM.

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No Layoffs, But...

WNYC's education reporter Beth Fertig looks at the school budget cuts and other education news, plus principals weigh in on their budget-cutting options.

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Car Guy

Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors and author of Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business, argues American industry needs to focus on products, not share price.

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Live: President Obama Press Conference

Today at 11:30, President Obama gives a press conference from Washington. Melinda Henneberger of Time Magazine helps preview and provide analysis. You can also tweet us with what you would #asktheprez.

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