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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Catholics. Evangelicals. Mormons. As the South Carolina primary inches closer and closer, Robert P. Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute discusses religion and the GOP race. Then, Emily Bazelon of Slate reviews how the rules have changed for Super PACS. Plus: nutrition expert Marion Nestle on the news that Food Network star Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes; airport security in this week’s Crosscheck series with Jad Mouawad of The New York Times; and learning the guitar at 40.

Religion and the Republican Race

Robert P. Jones, CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute and writer of the "Figuring Faith" column for the Washington Post, discusses how religion is factoring into the Republican primaries.

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Kodak, Rochester and Your Company Town

John Hockenberry, co-host of WNYC's national news radio show, The Takeaway, talks about growing up on Kodak in Rochester and takes listener calls on your company town.

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Crosscheck: Airports and Security

Jad Mouawad, airline correspondent for the New York Times, talks about how capacity and security have altered the experience of flying, and how the procedures change customer service.  

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Citizens United and the Super PACs

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate, talks about how the Citizens United ruling is affecting this campaign season, and plays with our new Super Pac Name Generator.

Generate your Super Super Pac Name now! Words and patterns by Stephen Reader; Generator Tool by John Keefe

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Paula Deen's Diabetes

Marion Nestle, Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and Professor of Sociology, at New York University, reacts to the news that Food Network star (and butter enthusiast) Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes, and that she will be a spokeswoman for a maker of diabetes medications. Deen has announced that she was diagnosed three years ago.

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Evidence-Based Guitar Lessons

Gary Marcus, professor of psychology and the director of the NYU Center for Language and Music and author of Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning, talks about how his day job as a scientist informed his efforts to learn the guitar at 40.  Have you learned a new language or musical instrument as an adult?

Event: What Does it Take to Become Musical? with special guests, Terre Roche of The Roches and Afro-Jersey. January 19, 2012, 7pm, 19 West 4th St Room 101, New York, NY 10003.

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