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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

London. Madrid. The Arab Spring. It’s been a year of social unrest all over the globe, so why not in the United States? Sudhir Venkatesh, professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University, talks about the factors that lead to protest. Plus: Peter Coy of Bloomberg Businessweek on what kind of economic plans President Obama might propose; the strike against Verizon; Henry Louis Gates Jr. of The Root talks about race in the Dominican Republic; and the rich literary history of Brooklyn.


President Obama says in September he'll send Congress "a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and to control our deficit." Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, examines the president's options for such a plan.

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Verizon Strike Turns Bitter

Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, discusses the increasingly bitter national strike against Verizon, which began on August 7.

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Dominicans and Race

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., editor-in-chief of The Root, host of the PBS series Faces of America, and author of Black in Latin America explores racial dynamics in the Dominican Republic, where he was surprised to find that Dominicans do not consider themselves black. 

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The Year of Protest, Except Here?

The world witnessed many protests around the globe this year but none here in the US. Sudhir Venkatesh, professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University, author of the "Underground" column for The Daily and author of Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets discusses why protests around the world have not spread to the US (yet?).

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Mormon America

There are two Mormon candidates in contention for the 2012 GOP nomination. Richard N. Ostling, former religion writer for the Associated Press and Time Magazine and co-author of Mormon America: The Power and the Promise, discusses how Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman balance their religious and political identities.

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Literary Brooklyn

Journalist and literary critic Evan Hughes discusses his debut book Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life, which chronicles the borough's relationship with its many writers.

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