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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and assistant to President Obama for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, talks about the American Jobs Bill and what this administration says it has done for the middle class. The Root’s Cynthia Gordy, who will be moderating an event with Jarrett tonight, also joins. Plus: Oliver Sacks on mental disorder associated with vision; Benjamin Barber on Libya; Jeffrey Sachs; and upcoming books to watch for. 

Libya Update

Benjamin Barberpolitical theorist and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the policy center Demos, discusses reports that former Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi died of injuries sustained during his capture this morning in Sirte.

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The White House and The Root: Open for Questions

Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and assistant to President Obama for Public Engagement and Intergovernment Affairs, talks about the American Jobs Act and a new report from the White House on Creating Pathways to Opportunity. Cynthia Gordy, Washington reporter for The Root, is moderating an event tonight and talks about the kinds of questions readers of The Root want the White House to answer about the Jobs Act. 

Event: Tonight at 5:30 p.m., White House officials Valerie Jarrett and Melody Barnes take questions at The Root!

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Civilization and Its Discontents

In a detour from his usual focus on global issues, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and author of The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, looks at the current situation in the U.S.

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Oliver Sacks: Visually Interesting

Oliver Sacks, physician, professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and author of, most recently, The Mind's Eye, has more stories about the brain and its mysterious malfunctions, this time all to do with vision.

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Critic's Picks: Books

James Hannaham, Village Voice book reviewer and author of the novel God Says No, shares what books he's looking forward to this fall.

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