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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait have all recalled their ambassadors from Syria, but the Assad government continues its brutal crackdown on protestors. Hear an analysis of the latest news out of Syria with Borzou Daragahi of the LA Times. Plus: Frank Murtha, managing partner of MarketPsych, on the psychology of our reaction to big changes in the financial markets; Glenn E. Martin of The David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy reports on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s review of the use of criminal background checks in hiring decisions; Beloit College professors Tom McBride and Ron Lief on their book about the cultural and technological milestones that shape our mindsets; and linguist and political commentator John McWhorter talks about his new book What Language Is.  

The Market and the Mind

WNYC's Ilya Marritz from the Stock Exchange floor and Heidi Moore, Wall Street correspondent at Marketplace, talk about the sliding market and the growing worry about the American economy. MarketPsych managing partner Frank Murtha discusses the psychology behind our reactions to the hesitant economy.

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Triathlon Nightmare

In the wake of two deaths in NYC's Nautica Triathlon this weekend, Dr. Jordan Metzl, sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, 28-time marathon runner, nine-time Ironman finisher, and medical columnist for Triathlete Magazine, speaks about the intensity of triathlons and the injuries that can be sustained in competition.

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John McWhorter on Language

Linguist and author John McWhorter talks about his new book, What Language Is: And What It Isn't and What It Could Be.

Event: John is reading tonight, August 9, 2011, at 7 pm at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street in Manhattan.

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Middle East Update: Syria

Los Angeles Times Beirut Bureau Chief Borzou Daragahi reports on the latest developments in Syria, including the recall of the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain.

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EEOC Reconsiders Criminal Background Check Policy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is reexamining its requirement that employers do criminal background checks on job applicants. Glenn E. Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs at the Fortune Society, weighs in.

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The Mindset Lists

Tom McBride, professor of English and Keefer Professor of the Humanities at Beloit College, and Ron Nief, emeritus director of public affairs at Beloit College, discuss their new book The Mindset Lists of American History, which chronicles what has always and never been true for different generations and how that affects their worldview. 

Listeners: What has always and never been true for you? Has Michelangelo always been a turtle? Has there always been the Grateful Dead? Has there always been AIDS? Have you never needed to worry about being drafted? Tell us what year you turned 18 and what has always or never been true for you--and how you think that shapes how you see the world. Comment here!

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