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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The solar panel company Solyndra filed for bankruptcy earlier this month. Lisa Margonelli, director of the Energy Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation discusses why the Obama Administration loaned the company over $500 million and how the company failed anyway. Plus: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Hanna Rosin on the end of men in American culture; and a look at urban agriculture.

Solyndra, Subsidies, Scandals and Solar

Congress is investigating the Obama administration's investment in the failed solar company Solyndra. Joe Stephens of the Washington Post explains the story, and Lisa Margonelli, director of the Energy Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation, puts it in context of the green energy sector.

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U.N. Vote Explainer

Assistant professor at American University's School of International Service, contributing writer at Foreign Policy magazine and author of Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World, David Bosco, talks about the procedural issues around the expected Palestinian statehood vote in the U.N.

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Carrot City: Urban Agriculture

Urban farming isn't new, but some businesses are now turning to agriculture for profit in the five boroughs. June Komisar, an architect and associate professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, and co-author of Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture, talks about the reality of urban agriculture in cities like New York along with Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, a new agricultural business from Brooklyn.

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Justice Breyer on American Democracy

Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, offers his view of interpreting the Constitution.

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Debating the End of Men

Editor of Slate’s women’s blog, DoubleX, and contributing editor at The AtlanticHanna Rosin talks about the continuing debate over her 2010 Atlantic article "The End of Men," plus whether the new TV season proves her point.

EVENT: Hanna will be participating at the Intelligence Squared debate "Men Are Finished" tonight at 6:45.

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