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Friday, July 15, 2011

The deficit reduction debate is still raging in Washington. WNYC business and economics editor Charlie Herman and economist Diane Swonk, discuss the national and global implications of the uncertainty in Washington. And NYC Councilman David Greenfield talks about the Leiby Kletzky murder and the reaction in Borough Park. Plus: the one week birthday of South Sudan; a full hour on food with a close look at the Farm Bill, a conversation with NYU professor Marion Nestle about gluten-free living; and a discussion about the explosion of high-end food trucks in the city.

Economic News Round-Up

Diane Swonk, Chief Economist for Mesirow Financial, and WNYC business and economics editor Charlie Herman discuss the debt ceiling negotiations, recent jobs numbers, and other economic news.

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The Case of Leiby Kletzky

David Greenfield, New York City Councilman (D-44) representing Bensonhurst, Midwood and Borough Park, and WNYC reporter Fred Mogul discuss the community's reaction to the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.

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South Sudan: One Week Birthday

First, a brief follow-up on the News of World scandal and a song by Billy Bragg (read more).

Then, South Sudan in one week old. Wasil Ali, deputy editor in chief of Sudan Tribune, and Jose Hulsenbek, head of mission for Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan, discuss the humanitarian and political challenges facing the country.


Farm Bill 2012

With corn subsidies for ethanol in play, President of the Environmental Working Group Ken Cook previews the next iteration of the Farm Bill, which is due sometime in 2012.

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Gluten-Free Diet

Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and professor of Sociology at New York University, discusses the increase in gluten-free living and the nutritional effects of a gluten-free diet.

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Food Truck City

Food trucks are showing up all over the city. David Weber, founder and president of the NYC Food Truck Association and co-founder of Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, talks about the ins and outs of the industry.  What's your favorite truck?

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