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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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President Obama’s push to close tax loopholes has become central to the push for budget reform. Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston explains what Republicans and Democrats mean when they talk about so-called loopholes, and callers voice their opinions on which deductions and loopholes should and shouldn’t be kept. Plus: investigative reporter Susan Gregory Thomas on baby boomers’ high divorce rates and why Generation X-ers are different; and listeners nominate the greatest athletes of all time after Derek Jeter’s 3,000 career hits. 

Michael Eric Dyson: Marriage Pledge

There's no question that African American families are under assault and that the marriageable pool index of Black people is being undermined by what--over-incarceration of Black men. Black women are being left alone because many Black men are being unjustly and unfairly imprisoned, besides the destructive practices that may be nurtured within the culture.

— Michael Eric Dyson professor of sociology at Georgetown University and author of Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Divorce Generation

Susan Gregory Thomas, investigative journalist, former senior editor at US News & World Report, and author of In Spite of Everything: A Memoir, discusses the influence of parents' high divorce rates on Generation X children.

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Murdoch Reeling

Dan Sabbagh, Guardian head of media and technology, discusses the latest in the scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's media empire, from phone hacking to medical record purchases.

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Deductions and Loopholes

Tax revenue has become central to the deficit debate in Washington right now. Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston, Reuters columnist, and author of the forthcoming book The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" and Other Tricks to Rob You Blind, explains those tax deductions and so-called loopholes that are up for debate and takes your calls on which ones you think make sense and which ones don't.

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Syrian Relations

Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, available early October and Beirut bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times Borzou Daragahi, discuss the latest developments in Syria, where pro-government groups have attacked the U.S. and French embassies.

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Open Phones: Your Favorite Athlete of All Time

Derek Jeter, the beloved Yankees captain, made it to 3000 hits on Saturday. He's the favorite athlete of many--so who's yours? 

Listeners: Who is your favorite athlete of all time--from any era, any country, and any sport? And why? Call us at 212-433-WNYC or comment here!

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