Hearts and Minds

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recent events in Afghanistan, including the shooting of 16 civilians by an Army staff sergeant, have highlighted the challenges in the transition to training and community building in the country. Stephen Tankel at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discusses the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and what comes next. Then, David Boaz of the Cato Institute discusses the Koch brother’s lawsuit against the libertarian thinktank; and Jack Goldsmith, former member of the Bush administration’s Office of Legal Counsel, on President Obama’s executive powers. Plus: stories of the influx of peasants to China’s urban areas; and March Madness gets underway.

Afghanistan's Heart and Minds

In the wake of the shooting, Stephen Tankel, non-resident scholar in the South Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and assistant professor at American University, discusses the US presence in Afghanistan, how our troops are transitioning their mission, and the affect on Afghan communities.

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What the Koch Brothers Want with Cato

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, David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, talked about the organization's relationship with the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, who have filed a lawsuit for control of the libertarian establishment.

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Urban Migration in China

Michelle Dammon Loyalka, journalist and author of Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration, discusses the influx of peasants to China's urban areas.

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Jack Goldsmith: The Accountable Presidency

Jack GoldsmithHarvard law professor and member of the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel, talks about his book Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11. 

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NCAA and Its Discontents

As "March Madness" gets underway, Steve Wieberg, USA Today sports reporter, looks at the state of college athletics and calls for reform at the NCAA.

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Open Phones: What's in Your Storage Unit?

Listeners: Call in and tell us what's in your storage unit (mini or otherwise) and why you pay that second rent. Why is that stuff in storage instead of in your home or in the trash--and what do you think it says about you? Call 212-433-WNYC or comment here! 

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