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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

President and Utica Streets in Crown Heights, where riots erupted in 1991. President and Utica Streets in Crown Heights, where riots erupted in 1991. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Two decades ago, the Crown Heights race riots revealed intense tensions in the Brooklyn neighborhood. In the past twenty years, the community has changed and residents react to the anniversary of the conflict. Plus: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s 40-year rule is coming to an end, and Libya may soon have to face a new beginning; Tom Johnson, co-founder of NJ Spotlight, discusses how New Jersey is considering a new plan for energy sources; author Thomas Vander Ven takes a look at the binge drinking of college life; and how Spotify and other free music services manage to make a profit. 

Crown Heights, 20 Years After The Riots

It's been twenty years since Crown Heights erupted into race-fueled riots. Rabbi Robert Kaplan, director of Cause-NY, a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and Letitia James, City Council member from District 35 in Brooklyn, discuss the legacy of the riots and how the neighborhood has changed.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Case Dismissed

Jami Floyd, legal analyst, sometime guest host for The Brian Lehrer Show, and It's A Free Country blogger, and Will Saletan, Slate's national correspondent, talk about the Manhattan DA's decision to request all charges be dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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Mastering NJ's Energy

Tom Johnson is the co-founder of NJ Spotlight, where he covers energy and the environment. As the Christie administration holds hearings on the draft of the Energy Master Plan, he looks at the plan and New Jersey's energy future.

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Libya Update

Mark Quarterman, senior adviser and director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, returns to update the situation in Libya.

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Getting Wasted: Binge Drinking and College Culture

Thomas Vander Ven, associate professor of Sociology and Anthroplogy at Ohio University, talks about his new book on the college culture, Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard.

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Making Money (or not) from Digital Music

Elliot Van Buskirk, editor of, discusses the popularity of digital music services like Spotify, how they can make money while allowing users to listen for free, and how these services affect the musicians themselves.

Are you a music buyer? A musician? What's your take on the economics of digital music?

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