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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

U.S. Representatives Nan Hayworth (R-NY-19) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-8) are two co-chairs of the Hurricane Irene congressional coalition. They discuss how FEMA disaster relief funding has become part of the still ongoing budget battles in Washington -- and react to Chris Christie's decision not to run for president. Plus: Mike Fishman of SEIU 32BJ discusses why unions are joining the Occupy Wall Street movement; Lawrence Pintak, author of The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil, reflects on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki; and a closer look at the Nobel prizes for science.

FEMA Funding and the Deficit

U.S. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY-19), a co-chair with U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 8th) of the Hurricane Irene coalition in Congress, discusses ongoing budget negotiations in Washington. Then, Representative Pascrell, who serves on the House Budget Committee and is a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, gives his take on how the federal government can fund FEMA for disaster relief and overcome another looming budget impasse. Plus both react to NJ Governor Christie's decision not to run for president.

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Unions Join Occupy Wall Street

President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Mike Fishman and president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York Michael Mulgrew explain why their unions are joining the Occupy Wall Street protests today.

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Nobel Sciences

Bob Vosatka science educator at the Liberty Science Center, talks about the breakthroughs that won this week's Nobel Prizes in medicine, physics, and chemistry.   

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What's Next for the Republican Presidential Field?

Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, discusses the Republican field and whether we should consider it set now that Chris Christie ruled out a last-minute bid.

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Media and the Muslim World

Founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and author of The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil, Lawrence Pintak examines media and policy in the Muslim world and reflects on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.

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Your Nominees For The Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel committee is announcing this year's Literature Prize winner early tomorrow morning. We take your nominations and readings for who you think should win this year.

Tip: Be sure they haven't won before (you can find a list of past winners using the link below) and make sure they are still living.

Nominate someone on-air with a 100-word reading. Pick your excerpt now and call in to 212.433.WNYC at 11:40!

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