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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

As the deadline to raise the debt ceiling approaches, hear about what a default could mean for you and your finances. Beth Kobliner, a personal finance commentator and journalist, offers advice about what to do and what not to do ahead of the possibility of a government default. Plus: Fox News political analyst Juan Williams discusses his new book and why he thinks the media stifles honest debate; NJ Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf talks about the future of public education under a Christie administration; Douglas Rushkoff explains what a hacker really is; and the difference between Google+ and the rest of the social media tools out there.

What to Do If We Default

Beth Kobliner, financial journalist, author of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties, and member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, gives advice on how to plan for the possibility of the U.S. defaulting on its debts.

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NJ Schools Commissioner

New Jersey Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf discusses education policy in his state.

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Tim Carmody, technology writer and contributor to, discuss Google's new social platform and what it means for your media diet.

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Juan Williams: Return Engagement

Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst, former senior correspondent for National Public Radio and author of Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, takes the media to task for failing to get beyond demagoguery and political correctness.

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Open Phones: Under the Radar Stories

With all the attention to the debt ceiling showdown and the News Corp. scandal, what other stories are you following?

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What's a Hacker Anyway?

We hear from Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of, most recently, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, on News of the World, Anonymous, and just what "hacking" is in 2011?

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