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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

More people are living alone than at any point in history. Eric Klinenberg, NYU sociologist and author of the new book Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, discusses why more people live alone and why they’re more likely to be more social than others. Plus: New Yorker staff writer, Jane Mayer, discusses her article about who’s behind the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer talks about the state of the borough and his ideas about tax policy; and a conversation about the new Model Alliance to fight for the rights of fashion models.

David Sanger on Syria

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and a contributor to WNYC, talks about the situation in Syria.  

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State of Manhattan

Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, talks about some of his ideas for tax policy and small business assistance in his recent State of the Borough address.

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Models' Rights

Sara Ziff, former model and founder of the Model Alliance, the first  workers' rights organization for fashion models, and Susan Scafidi, Fordham Law professor and director of the Law School’s new Fashion Law Institute, talk about the launch of the Model Alliance.

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What McCarthy Means for Pro-Romney SuperPAC

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Jane Mayer, New Yorker staff writer, discussed the career of Larry McCarthy, one of the most successful negative-ad makers in history, who is now working for the pro-Romney SuperPAC Restore Our Future.

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Solo Life

Eric Klinenberg, NYU sociologist and author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, discusses why living alone is on the rise--and why it is so appealing.

LISTENERS: Do you live alone? What do you find surprisingly appealing about living solo? Do you feel more plugged-in to the city or not? Tell us the pros and cons of living alone. Call us or comment here!

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Screening Room: Larry McCarthy's Greatest Attack Ads

On Tuesday, Jane Mayer of the New Yorker joins Brian to discuss the career of Larry McCarthy, perhaps the most successful practitioner of the art of the negative political ad. He's now working for the pro-Romney SuperPAC "Restore Our Future." From Willie Horton to the Newt Gingrich "baggage" ad, here (in chronological order) are some of McCarthy's most notable pieces (that are available online).

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