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Monday, May 07, 2012

Abandoned orange bike

Eleanor Clift of Newsweek reflects on the Obama campaign’s “Julia”, a composite American woman, and the GOP’s response to the infographic about her life. Then: how “Julia” might fare under the Bloomberg administration’s budget. Plus: how to teach current events in the classroom; a debate on whether college football should be banned; and an effort to count and map abandoned bikes in the city.

#Julia, Obama, and Women in the 2012 Election

The Obama White House is launching its re-election campaign by creating the composite character of "Julia".  Eleanor Clift, contributor for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, talks about the campaign, and the GOP reaction to the campaign's message on women. 

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Mayor Bloomberg's New Budget

Azi Paybarah, reporter for Capital New York, discusses the Mayor's executive budget -- and how "#Julia" might fare under this Bloomberg administration.

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Bringing the World into the Classroom

Peter Nelson, director of the New York office of Facing History and Ourselves’, discusses how teachers can incorporate tough conversations about current events into the classroom.

EVENT: SchoolBook and Facing History and Ourselves will host a workshop featuring students from Radio Rookies on Tuesday, May 8 at 4:30 PM in the Greene Space. More information is available here.

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Should We Ban College Football?

Big money, corruption, and injury have put college football in the spotlight. Tomorrow night, Intelligence Squared will debate the idea of banning college football. Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Friday Night Lights -- and supporter of a ban -- previews the conversation with Tim Green, announcer and former Atlanta Falcons defensive end -- who opposes a ban. Tim Green is also the author of Pinch Hit

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Human Rights and China's One Child Policy

Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, talks about the human rights implications of China's one-child policy. 

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Tracking Abandoned Bikes

WNYC reporter Alex Goldmark discusses the abandoned bicycles commonly found around NYC, and the Transportation Nation project to map them.

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Watch: Ian Bremmer on Whether War is Inevitable

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, came to the WNYC studios to talk about his new book, Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World. While he was here, he answered the question at the center of the End of War series: Is war inevitable?


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