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Friday, August 26, 2011

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke addresses central bankers and economists from around the world today at the Fed’s annual gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Bloomberg News Fed reporter Joshua Zumbrun previews Bernanke’s speech and talks about a potential new round of quantitative easing. Plus: a look at J-1 student visa workers with Jennifer Gordon, professor of labor and immigration law at Fordham University, and Jason Nark of the Philadelphia Daily News; and Hurricane Irene preparation with George Contreras, professor of emergency and disaster management at the Metropolitan College of New York.

Preparing for Hurricane Irene

George Contreras, professor of the MPA Program in Emergency and Disaster Management at the Metropolitan College of New York, provides information on how to prepare for Hurricane Irene this weekend.

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Hydrofracking Update

Roger Anderson, senior research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, discusses the U.S. Geological Survey's updates estimates of how much natural gas is available in the Marcellus Shale. Glenn Coin, staff reporter for The Post-Standard, the newspaper out of Syracuse in Central New York, talks about the attitudes toward hydrofracking in some areas of Upstate New York where local governments are piecing together local bans and limits on fracking

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Weprin-Turner Heats Up

Empire blogger for WNYC Colby Hamilton discusses this week's debate between candidates David Weprin and Bob Turner in the race for Anthony Weiner's old seat in New York's Ninth Congressional District.

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Bernanke's Speech from Jackson Hole

Bloomberg News Federal Reserve reporter Joshua Zumbrun discusses Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's speech this morning at the Fed gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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J-1 Visa Student Workers

Jennifer Gordon, professor of labor and immigration law at Fordham University, and Jason Nark, reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, discuss the recent strike by J-1 visa student workers at a Hershey distribution plant in Pennsylvania and the wider experience of J-1 visa workers.

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Open Phones: Irene, Your Weekend, and What's Been Cancelled

We continue to update the latest in the preparations for weekend storm with Scott Cronick, City Editor at the Press of Atlantic City.

And ask: How is Hurricane Irene changing your weekend plans? What's already been cancelled? Let us know!

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