Fear of Contagion

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The ties between the American and European economies are becoming more and more apparent as the financial crises on both sides of the Atlantic unfold. Joe Nocera, New York Times op-ed columnist, discusses the latest economic news and the connections between the debt in the United States and in the Euro Zone. Plus: steep fare and toll increases in the metro area; checking in on the Somali pirates, famine and drought; and film director and author John Sayles on his new movie about the Philippine-American War. 

Cross-Atlantic Economic Connections

Joe Nocera, New York Times op-ed columnist, discusses the dip and surge in the market yesterday and the connections between the American economy and the turmoil in European economies.

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Port Authority Proposing Fare Increases

Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, discusses the proposed steep fare and toll increases by The Port Authority of NY and NJ and metro-area politician’s responses. 

Drivers, how would a hike to $15 affect your driving habits? Let us know!

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Famine and Piracy in Somalia

Jay Bahadur, journalist and author of The Pirates of Somalia: Inside their Hidden World, discusses the famine, drought, and piracy crises in Somalia.

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The London Riots

Nuala McGovern, radio presenter at the BBC's World Have Your Say, talks about the latest on the London riots--and the various theories about the root causes of the unrest.

Listeners: Do you have ties to people in the London area? What have you been hearing from your friends and family there? Let us know. Comment here!

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Shrinking Diversity in Newsrooms

The number of African-American journalists in newsrooms is shrinking. Bob Butler, vice president for broadcast at the National Association Black Journalists, and Dori Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, discuss what it means for the news when editors, reporters and managers don't reflect American diversity.

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John Sayles, Amigo

John Sayles, legendary do-it-yourself filmmaker and author of A Moment in the Sun, talks about his new movie "Amigo," set during the Philippine-American War.

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