Consider the Context

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Friday, January 06, 2012

President Obama laid out a new framework for the Department of Defense yesterday. New York Times Pentagon correspondent Elisabeth Bumiller discusses defense budget cuts and the future of the military. Plus: economist and expert on convention center economics, Heywood Sanders, discusses Governor Cuomo’s proposed convention center in Queens; and Tufts psychology professor Sam Sommers discusses his new book Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World.

Budget Cuts at the Pentagon

Elisabeth Bumiller, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, talks about potential cuts to the U.S. defense budget and what it means for the 21st century U.S. military.

Try The New York Times budget cutting tool here.

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Convention Centers: Good Economic Development Idea?

Heywood Sanders, professor of economics at the University of Texas, San Antonio, discusses the economic development prospects of a new convention center in Queens, which Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed in his State of the State Address.

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Context is Everything

Sam Sommers, professor of psychology at Tufts University and author of Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World, looks at how the where, when and who influence actions and attitudes. 

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Looking at Huntsman's Record

Yesterday we looked in-depth at Rick Santorum's political life. Today we turn to former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman. Matthew J. Burbank, associate professor of political science at the University of Utah, and Washington correspondent for The Salt Lake Tribune, Thomas Burr, examine the record and campaign - and assesses Huntsman's chances in New Hampshire and beyond.

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Following Up: Predatory Schools

Jonathan Mintz, commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, follows up on the topic of predatory schools and the city's campaign, "Know Before You Enroll."

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We Want Your Stories! State of the Union and Story Pirates

»» Tickets Available! Buy tickets for our State of the Union watching party on January 24th

Once again, It's A Free Country, the Brian Lehrer Show, and the Story Pirates are teaming up for our State of the Union watching party. Sam Reiff-Pasarew of the Story Pirates discusses the work they do, and how you and your kids can get involved in writing stories that will be performed at our State of the Union party on January 24th. More information below.


Open Phones: Sticking With Your New Year's Resolutions

We're about a week into the new year - how are your resolutions going? Whether you've already bailed or are sticking strong, give us a call, and share your tips on tools that help you meet your goals.

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