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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Federal Reserve promised to keep interest rates super low at least thru mid-2013. We want to know if this affects how you’re thinking about making big purchases in the next two years, if at all. Plus: A conversation about whether governments should be able to ask tech companies to help them squash protests; Time’s Bobby Ghosh discusses recent violence in Iraq; journalist and author Enrique Krauze discusses news coming out of various countries in Latin America; WNYC’s Bob Hennelly on who’s responsible for foreclosed properties; and New Yorker writer Dana Goodyear on bugs as food.

Do Low Interest Rates Make a Difference?

The Federal Reserve has pledged to keep interest rates low for the foreseeable future. Does it change your behavior? Daniel Gross, columnist and economics editor at Yahoo! Finance, discusses the possible effects of this decision on the financial habits of individuals.

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When No One Wants to Own a Place

WNYC senior reporter Bob Hennelly talks about the upkeep of thousands of foreclosed residential properties in New York State and the efforts to encourage owners to take responsibility.

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Protests, Technology and Crackdowns

During the UK riots, the British government asked Blackberry to block messages sent between protesters. Recently in San Fransciso, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials shut down cell service to curb a planned protest. Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author of the popular blog technosociology.org, discusses whether blocking social media is a legitimate law enforcement tool in a time of social unrest.

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Iraq Ramadan Attacks

Bobby Ghosh, deputy international editor for Time magazine, discusses Monday's deadly attacks in Iraq, what it means for the U.S. troop withdrawal set to be complete by the end of the year, and looks at past violence there during Ramadan.

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Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America

Enrique Krauze, director of Clio TV Productions, editor-in-chief of Letras Libres magazine and author of Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America, discusses the parallels between news from Latin America—including from Chile, Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela—and ideas from Latin American history.

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Eat Some Worms

New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear discusses her article in this week's magazine about entomphagy (eating insects) and the gourmet virtues of insects as a food source.

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