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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wikipedia, Reddit and several other major websites are going dark to protest proposed anti-online piracy laws. Politics and technology writer Nancy Scola discusses what exactly they’re protesting and why you should care. Plus: former chair of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Phil Angelides, discusses the severity of the housing and foreclosure crisis and what still has to be done about it; It’s a Free Country reporter Anna Sale from the campaign trail in South Carolina; highlights from the NJ State of the State address; Carne Ross on his new book The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century; and Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman discuss their new book Why We Broke Up.

Phil Angelides on the Mortgage Crisis

Phil Angelides, chair of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and past two-term California State Treasurer, discusses the severity of the housing and foreclosure crisis and what we still need to do about it. 

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Palmetto Politics

Anna Sale, It's a Free Country political reporter and Julie Rose, WFAE news reporter, discuss the coming GOP primary in South Carolina.

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SOPA Blackout Day

Nancy Scola, politics and technology writer, discusses how Wikipedia, Reddit, and several other major sites are protesting proposed anti-piracy laws. 

With Wikipedia down, the Washington Post and NPR are filling in to answer questions using the #altwiki hashtag.

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The State of the State of New Jersey

John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of njspotlight.com, reviews the highlights from yesterday's State of the State address by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

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Revolution for Everyone

Carne Ross, one of two British diplomats to resign over the 2003 Iraq War, runs a non-profit diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat, and is the author of The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century, calls for direct democracy as a response to globalization. 

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Breaking Up

Drawing on their own experiences with heartbreak, writer Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) joins forces with illustrator Maira Kalman on his new novel for young adults, Why We Broke Up (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011) and the accompanying website project.  The story is told through the objects -- a matchbox, a movie poster, a pennant -- left behind after the couple parted.  What mementos of past loves have you kept?

READINGS: January 18 at 7PM at Barnes & Noble Union Square; January 19 at 7PM at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn

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