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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger talks about how the U.S. government can help create a world news service to compete with Al Jazeera or Xinhua. Plus: Felix Salmon of Reuters on the intersection of housing numbers and jobs; Businessweek’s Roben Farzad on Dodd-Frank’s first birthday; the lack or morphine around the world; and Paula Poundstone of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…” on comedy and current events. 

Housing Economics

Home sales are down, according to numbers released today. Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, looks at the stats and how housing and jobs intersect, as well as the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations.

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News Corp in the Hot Seat

Felix Salmonfinance blogger for Reuters, sticks around to talk about the continuing News Corp scandal.

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Did It Work? Dodd-Frank

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, continues his weekly series this month looking at Obama administration economic programs. This week: Dodd Frank turns one-year-old.

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American World Service

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University and author of Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century,proposes that the U.S. government fund a world news service to compete with Al Jazeera or Xinhua News.

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Freedom from Pain

Peter Klein, acting director and associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, who also runs the International Reporting Program, discusses the lack of access to medical morphine in over half the countries in the world with his former student, Niamh Scallan, who reported from Ukraine on the lack of morphine for patients in developing countries. Their half-hour documentary called "Freedom from Pain" will air on Al-Jazeera tonight.

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Paula Poundstone: Wait, Wait, Please Tell Me

Paula Poundstone, comedienne and frequent guest on "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me," on the intersection of comedy and current events.

Event: Paula is performing tomorrow, July 21, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.  

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