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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Nobel laureate Michael Spence and Matthew Bishop, The Economist’s U.S. business correspondent and New York bureau chief, look at the current state of the global job market. We’ll take a peek at Eve Sussman’s unique film installation that can run forever without ever repeating itself. Andy Borowitz explains the challenge of choosing who to include in an anthology of the 50 funniest American writers. On Backstory, we’ll look at the life of the elusive CIA chief William Colby. And we’ll look at why Slovakia voted to reject the plan to address the Eurozone’s debt problems.

The Future of Economic Growth

Nobel Laureate and NYU Stern professor Michael Spence, author of author of The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World, and The Economist's New York Bureau Chief Matthew Bishop discuss recent trends in the job market, both in the United States and around the world, the rapid growth in developing markets that are catching up with the industrialized West, and what the United States must do to remain competitive. They’ll also look at The Economist’s “Future of Jobs” report.

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Eve Sussman and Jeff Wood on “whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir”

Eve Sussman, director of  “whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir,” and Jeff Wood, her lead actor and collaborator, talk about the film. “whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir” delivers a changing narrative—culled from 3,000 clips, 80 voice-overs and 150 pieces of music—that runs forever and never plays the same way twice. It follows the observations and surveillance of a geophysicist named Holz—the character is controlled by the city and the factory he is working in, and course of the story is controlled by the machine that edits the film. “whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir,” is being shown at Cristin Tierney Gallery, 546 West 29th Street.

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Andy Borowitz on the 50 Funniest American Writers

Writer and comedian Andy Borowitz talks about choosing the 50 Funniest American Writers and looks at the craft of humor writing. In The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion, he brought together contemporary masters such as David Sedaris, Roy Blount Jr., Ian Frazier, Bernie Mac, Wanda Sykes, and George Saunders, and reached back to Mark Twain, Thurber, and Lenny Bruce.

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Backstory: William Colby and the CIA

Carl Colby talks about his father, William Colby, who was director of the CIA from 1973 to 1976, a tumultuous time in the agency's history that saw the resignation of Richard Nixon, the implosion of the Vietnam War and the Church Committee Hearings. Carl Colby directed the film "The Man Nobody Knew," about Colby's tenure at the agency and his life before and after.

"The Man Nobody Knew" is playing at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Quad Cinema.

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Backstory: Slovakia's Rejection of the Eurozone Debt Plan

On Thursday, Slovakia's parliament approved the latest proposal to address the Eurozone's debt crisis, but it was the second time that the measure came to a vote this week. On Tuesday, the parliament had rejected it. On today’s second Backstory, Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, discusses some of the reasons behind the rejection and how the Eurozone’s smaller countries feel about the plans to stabilize the economy that have been developed by the larger economies of France and Germany.

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