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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nikki Haley, the Republican Governor of South Carolina, talks about her new memoir, the presidential race, and the future of the Republican Party. Plus: Author of Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, A. J. Jacobs, talks about his latest installment in “experimental living.” And Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine, gives an update on the crisis in Syria and the upcoming presidential elections in Egypt. 

NYPD Blues

Murray Weiss, DNAinfo columnist and criminal justice editor looks at the overall mood at the NYPD, from criticism of stop-and-frisk to the PBA's ad campaign, and discusses the increase in police shootings. 

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Governor Nikki Haley's American Story

Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina and now author of her memoir, Can't Is Not An Option: My American Story, talks about her background as a child of immigrants who has become a rising star in the Republican party, and today's political news headlines.

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Open Phones: Finding Diversity

Picking up on one of the "conversation starters" listeners proposed, today's question is "Why is it hard to have a diverse set of friends, and should we care?"   And joining us in the studio is Dr. Valerie Salwen, the listener who inspired this segment, to talk about her search for more diverse friends.Call us at 212-433-WNYC or comment.

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A. J. Jacobs: Advice for Living

In another installment of "experimental living," A.J. Jacobs, the author of The Year of Living Biblically, follows ALL the advice for healthy living for his new book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.

EVENT: Join A.J. Jacobs at the Barnes & Noble on 82nd street and Broadway on Wednesday, April 11 at 7pm.

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Turmoil in Syria and a Ballot in Egypt

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, explains the state of the negotiations for a ceasefire in Syria, and what we know about the presidential ballot in Egypt.

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Learning from Engineering Failure

As designs get more technologically complex, Henry Petroski, professor of civil engineering and history at Duke University and the author most recently of To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, says it's more important to study patterns of failure in past projects -- and in historical incidents like the sinking of the Titanic.

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Listen: Gideon Rose on Whether War is Inevitable

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, answered the question at the center of the End of War series: Is war inevitable?


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