The Money Trail

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have both been shaking the money tree and fundraising in New York. Anna Sale of It’s A Free Country takes a close look at donors and follows the money trail from the city. Then: the case for why polarized politics and social conservatism is good for American democracy with Jeffrey Bell, a former Reagan policy adviser. Plus: Alice Park of Time continues our weekly series on sleep and talks about sleep apnea; and we'll discuss how websites all over the world are encouraging people to report if they’ve been asked to pay a bribe, and take your calls.

Goldman Sachs and Wall Street's Culture Problem

Josh Brown, financial advisor aka The Reformed Broker, and author of Backstage Wall Street: An Insider’s Guide to Knowing Who to Trust, Who to Run From, and How to Maximize Your Investments, to discuss the ripple effect of yesterday's New York Times op-ed by Greg Smith "Why I'm Leaving Goldman Sachs".

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Wall Street Campaign Money

Mitt Romney has raised more money from New York than any other state. Anna Sale, It's A Free Country politics reporter, looks at Mitt Romney's fundraising in New York, including his visit to the city last night. Plus Nicholas Confessorre, politics reporter for The New York Times, discusses how Barack Obama is also turning to Wall Street for election cash.

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Deep Sleep: Sleep Apnea

Each Thursday in March, Alice Park, Time Magazine staff writer who covers health and medicine, talks about sleep. Today's topic: sleep apnea.

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Why Polarized Politics is Good

Jeffrey Bell, former policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and author of, The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism, discusses why polarized politics and social conservatism are good for democracy in America.

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Bribery Tales

Swati Ramanathan, co-founder of the Janaagraha Center for Citizenship & Democracy in Bangalore, talks about the website her organization started, "I Paid a," to combat petty corruption and bribery. We're also be joined by Ben Elers, Transparency International's director for programmes, to discuss the problem of "petty" bribery experienced by people in many countries.

What's the culture of bribery like in your country? Got a bribery story? Post it here! 

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