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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Thomas Frank starts us off with a look at an atypical revival of conservatism during an economic downturn. Adam Gopnik examines how food has become a major preoccupation of our culture and discussesits significance in our daily lives. Plus, we’ll search out some of the fading ads on buildings all over New York City. And we’ll take a look at the role of social networking in modern life—for better or worse— and we’ll take calls on the issue: do you or don’t you Facebook and are you on LinkedIn?

Hard Times and the Rise of the Right

Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, discusses why the economic crisis and recession has brought about the revival of conservatism. In Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right, Frank examines the conservative idea that the economic system be made harsher on the recession's victims and offer bigger rewards for winners.

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Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

Adam Gopnik talks about the meaning of food in our lives, from 18th-century to the kitchens of the White House, the molecular meccas of Barcelona, and beyond. The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food reveals that what goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table- families, friends, lovers coming together.

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Fading Ads of New York City

Acclaimed photographer and urban documentarian Frank Jump talks about his 20-year effort to document fading ads in the city. His book Fading Ads of New York City is a photo-documentary and a study of time and space, of mortality and living.

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Social Media and Modern Life

Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs and digital media professor at Columbia Journalism School, discusses the role of social networking in modern life and the media, for better or worse.

Is your professional life integrated into your social media life? Have you found that helpful or harmful to your career?

Have you attempted to turn off your online life? Have you been successful?

Give us a call at 212-433-9692, or leave a comment, to let us know!

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Guest Picks: Adam Gopnik

New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his latest book about food and how our ideas about food have been shaped. He revealed that he's a Justin Bieber fan and also told what his comfort foods are, even if he doesn't love the term itself.

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