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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Facebook has just started a political action committee. Paul Blumenthal, reporter for the Huffington Post, discusses how the Facebook PAC might spend its money and how other groups are taking advantage of unlimited campaign spending for corporations and unions ahead of the 2012 elections. Plus: Christopher Phillips, director of the Society for Philosophical Inquiry, asks how you would re-write the U.S. Constitution; the series about Schoolbook and the NYC schools continues with WNYC education reporter Beth Fertig; and the “context and a movie” series continues with a conversation about “Moneyball.”

How To Build A Protest Movement

Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large of Thomson Reuters, and Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and the author of several books including Letters to a Young Activist (Art of Mentoring) and The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideal, discuss the ongoing Wall Street protests and offer their analysis and advice about how to create a movement and coherent argument for change.

Listeners: We want to hear from you too. Have you joined the protests? What are you protesting? Call us at 212-433-WNYC. Also--if you have a critique of the protesters' tactics or mission, call us and tell us what your critique is.

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PACs, GOP, and Campaign Finance Right Now

Paul Blumenthal, reporter for the Huffington Post and former senior writer for the Sunlight Foundation, discusses the proliferation of PACs coming out of the GOP, big labor, and even Facebook. 

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SchoolBook: Buildings

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, continues the September Schoolbook series, this week focusing on the school buildings themselves.

Space is tight at city schools. Share how your school is managing overcrowding with SchoolBook.

Constitutional Un-Convention

Christopher Phillips, scholar, pro-democracy activist, founder of the Constitution Cafe Dialogue Movement, and author of Constitution Cafe: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution, discusses his experience travelling across the country and asking the question, How would you rewrite the Constitution? 

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Context and a Movie: "Moneyball"

Rob Neyer, national baseball editor for Baseball Nation and former employee of baseball statistics legend Bill James, discusses sabermetrics and how it did or did not change baseball. Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest, joins him to discuss "Moneyball." 

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