Shifting Targets

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses how our economy is fundamentally shifting in a way that he says is similar to the economic shift leading up to the Great Depression. Plus: the view from on the ground in Iraq post-U.S. troop withdrawal; New York Times columnist Joe Nocera discusses news about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—and where the GOP race figures in; and a Merriam-Webster lexicographer on the word of 2011.

The Iraq We're Leaving Behind

Liz Sly, Washington Post Baghdad Bureau Chief and longtime Middle East reporter, and Sinan Antoon, Iraqi poet, novelist, and professor specializing in contemporary Arab culture and politics at NYU Gallatin, discuss the impact of the US withdrawal from Iraq - on Iraq.

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Fannie, Freddie, and Private Equity

New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera discusses news about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and explains what private equity firms actually do--all in the context of the GOP race.

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After Kim Jong-il

Following the death of dictator Kim Jong-il, Charles Armstrong, director of the center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), discusses what's next for North Korea and the region.

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It's About Jobs

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner and author of Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, says the Depression was caused by the shift from agriculture to manufacturing, and that we face a similar shift today.

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Remembering Vaclav Havel

Former Czech President and poet Vaclav Havel died over the weekend. Havel's friend and translator Paul Wilson remembers the leader of the Velvet Revolution.

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Your Word of the Year

"Pragmatic" is Merriam-Webster's choice for word of the year. Peter Sokolowski, lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, and Steve Kleinedler, executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionaries and their new book, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, discuss why it was chosen.

»» What do you think of the decision? What would be your word of 2011? Post it here! | Tweet #blword

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