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Thursday, March 22, 2012

House Republican leaders hope to vote on the Paul Ryan budget proposal as early as next week. Today, Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute talks about why she thinks this plan is a step in the right direction. Also: WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports on the role of neighborhood watch groups in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting; Jonah Lehrer on his new book Imagine: How Creativity Works; Alice Park of Time Magazine on sleep and age; and the End of War series continues with film scholar Jeanine Basinger, actor Denis O'Hare, and writer Clive Thompson. They discuss whether cultural depictions can change a society's appetite for war.

Neighborhood Watch

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang and Robert McCrie, professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice department of security, fire, and emergency management and an expert in community policing, join us to look at the role of neighborhood watch groups and citizen law enforcement.

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Paul Ryan's Medicare Proposal 2.0

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, analyzes the budget proposal announced by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday.

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Deep Sleep: Sleep and Age

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

How has aging affected your sleep?

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Jonah Lehrer on How Creativity Works

Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at Wired and frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Radiolab, talks about his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works.

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End of War: War Culture

Denis O'Hare, actor and co-writer of An Iliad, Jeanine Basinger, chair of the film studies department at Wesleyan University, and Clive Thompson, contributor to The New York Times Magazine and columnist for Wired discuss representations of war on stage, in film, and in pop culture--and whether these representations can change the culture's view of war.

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Screening Room: War in Popular Culture

As part of our End of War series, we're having a conversation about the portrayal of war in popular culture. Here are some clips of the movies, theater and video games we discussed.

Got a war scene you want to add to the screening room? Post it in the comments page below, or

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