Delusions of Power

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Now that the congressional super committee has failed, it's time to consider what comes next in the deficit debacle. Paul Krugman of The New York Times discusses the next steps for Washington lawmakers. Plus: the competing human propensities for self-delusion and fact finding with Robert Trivers, author of The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life. Then: how a New Jersey institute trains citizen leaders; and artists and the 1 percent. 


Paul Krugman: Super Committee Failure is a Good Thing

Recap from It's A Free Country

Paul Krugman says we need to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, and get over our fear of government spending—which is why he's happy that the deficit reduction super committee didn't make a deal.

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Harlem Bike Lanes

Director of the Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for WNYC, Andrea Bernstein talks about Harlem's bike lanes.

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Pros and Cons of Self-Delusion

Robert Trivers, Rutgers professor of anthropology and biological sciences and author of The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life, shares what he's learned about the competing human propensities for fact-finding and self-delusion.

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The Origin of Pepper Spray

Kamran Loghman, who helped develop the use of pepper spray for law enforcement and who helped write guidelines, discusses how pepper spray should be used and how the original intent differs, in his opinion, from how police at UC-Davis used pepper spray. Plus, a few of our listener researchers add what they found.

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New Jersey and the Citizens Campaign

Harry Pozycki, chairman of The Citizens Campaign, and Alysia Welch-Chester, citizen leader and Mercer County Chair, explain how The Citizens Campaign provides non-elected New Jersey residents the tools to participate in government.

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Artists and the 1 Percent

Artist William Powhida talks about his show "Derivatives" which uses data visualization techniques to explore the relationship of artists and their patrons since Occupy Wall Street. 

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