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Monday, August 22, 2011

President Obama and many other world leaders are calling for Syrian President Assad to step down. But what leverage do they really have? Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, discusses the latest from Libya as well as the likelihood of Assad's resignation and what happens to Syria and the rest of the region if he doesn't. Plus: a roundup of the latest political news with Time's Melinda Henneberger; and new thoughts on how to say your final goodbye.

Setting The Week in Politics: Huntsman, Perry, Obama and More

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to Time.com, discusses the battle lines being drawn within the GOP and other news of the week.

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Open Phones: Brian's Back, What'd He Miss?

Brian famously misses big news while on vacation. On August 4th, within minutes of walking out of the WNYC building to start his two-week summer trip, news came across the wire that NYC Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith had resigned. The next day the S&P announced they were downgrading the US to a "AA+" nation. Then: a deadly helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Rick Perry joined the GOP race and James Franco tried to save us from those damn dirty apes.

So, what else? What is the most important news that happened while Brian was away for the past two weeks?

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The "New Grief"

Medical advances prolong life for those with terminal illnesses. Barbara Okun, professor of counseling psychology at Northeastern University, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and the co-author of Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Lossoffers a guide to what she calls the "new grief."

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As Goes Libya

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, looks at the situation in Libya and the implications for Syria.

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No Car, No Public Transportation in the Tri-State Area

A recent report from the Brookings Institution highlights the number of Americans who don't own cars (a lot of them are in the NYC area!) — and those who also don't have access to reliable public transportation. Adie Tomer of Brookings discusses these transportation deserts.

Do you live in the NY area and not own a car, but also don't have reliable access to mass transit? Tell us about how you cope here.

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Specialized High School Angst

New York Times cultural reporter Patricia Cohen discusses the competition to get into New York City's most selective public high schools, and a surprising new study suggesting they may do students more harm than good.

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