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Monday, January 30, 2012

Frank Newman, a former Deputy Secretary of the United States Treasury Department, discusses some of the reasons that China’s economy is booming while America’s is struggling. Merle Hoffman looks back on her life as a crusader for a woman’s right to choose. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at an early writing tablet. We’ll find out how mercury is causing problems for songbirds and bats in the Northeast. Plus, at a time when the immigration debate is heating up, we’ll have a panel discussion about green cards—with an immigration lawyer and two immigrants who’ll tell us about their experiences.

What America Can Learn from China’s Economic Growth

Frank Newman looks at why China’s economy is booming while America’s lags. He looks at why this is the case, and addresses some fundamental misunderstandings about our economy in Six Myths that Hold Back America: And What America Can Learn from the Growth of China’s Economy.

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Merle Hoffman on the Front Lines of the Feminist Fight

Merle Hoffman talks about her career as a crusader for women's right to choose. Her memoir Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Ally to the Board Room chronicles her experiences on the front lines of the feminist movement and in the battle for choice.

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Mercury, Songbirds, and Bats

David C. Evers, executive director of the Biodiversity Research Institute, discusses how mercury in the environment is harming songbirds and bats, which suffer some of the same kinds of neurological disorders that mercury causes in humans. The Biodiversity Research Institute has issued a report, titled “Hidden Risk: Mercury in Terrestrial Ecosystems of the Northeast.”

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Green Card Stories

Immigration lawyer Stephen Yale-Loehr talks about putting together the book Green Card Stories, which presents portraits of today’s hardworking immigrants looking to contribute to U.S. society. The book features personal stories by Randolph Sealy and Angela Andrade, two immigrants, and they’ll discuss the debate over immigration in America, which has grown increasingly heated in recent years.

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Guest Picks: Petula Clark

Singer Petula Clark was on the Lopate Show to talk about her performances at Feinstein's at Leows Regency. She tells us she's listening to Brazilian music. Find out what else she's been up to.

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