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Friday, July 01, 2011

Indian Point nuclear power plant (hopefoote/flickr)

As New Jersey lawmakers near the state’s budget deadline, Democrats and Republicans are poised for a fight. John Mooney, co-founder of, discusses the latest in the budget. Plus: AP investigative reporter Jeff Donn on the safety of the country’s aging nuclear reactors including Indian Point in Westchester; how the human body has changed in the past 300 years; and what’s behind the conflict between the Coptic Christian and Muslim communities in Egypt.

New Jersey Budget

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie averted a shutdown of state government by axing $900 million from the budget Democrats handed him late last night. John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of, discusses the latest news and what it means for the Garden State.

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Fracking Ban Over?

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has recommended that the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing be lifted outside of state-owned land, the NYC and Syracuse watersheds and within 500 feet of primary acquifers statewide. David Gahl, policy director of Environmental Advocates of New York, discusses the recommendation and the ongoing fracking controversy.

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Aging Nukes

AP national investigative reporter Jeff Donn talks about his investigative series on the safety of the country's aging nuclear reactors, including New York State's Indian Point.

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Cairo Report: Copts and Muslims

Frequent New York Review of Books contributor, former Wall Street Journal Middle East correspondent, and author of The Battle for Egypt Yasmine El Rashidi reports from Cairo on the conflict between the Coptic Christian and Muslim communities. Dalia George Abusharr, an Egyptian Coptic Christian living in Brooklyn, joins the conversation.

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The Changing Body

Robert Fogel, professor of economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Sokchul Hong, assistant professor of economics at Sogang University in South Korea, discuss their co-authored book The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World since 1700, about the way technology has accelerated human evolution.

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Potential Holes in the DSK Case

Jami Floyd, legal analyst, and It's a Free Country blogger, discusses the New York Times and AP reports that the Manhattan DA's case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is weakening.

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