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Friday, May 11, 2012

piano lesson: mother and child (deanwissing/flickr)

Steven Thrasher of The Village Voice discusses the effect Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage may have on the black vote. Then, Reuter’s Felix Salmon on Facebook’s IPO; Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative on being a voice for moderate American Muslims; Kate Pickert talks about attachment parenting and her cover story for this week’s Time Magazine. Plus: an argument for approaching public policy with controlled experiments; and novelist John Irving on his new novel.

Race and Gay Marriage

Village Voice writer Steven Thrasher discusses whether the Obama endorsement of gay marriage will shift the black vote and takes your calls on whether his endorsement shifts your view.

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The Facebook IPO Explained

Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, discusses the Facebook IPO: how it works, who gets to invest, and whether it's a good investment in the first place.

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Beyond Ground Zero

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Revisiting Attachment Parenting

Time Magazine staff writer Kate Pickert talks about her cover story on the 20th anniversary of the school of "attachment parenting."

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Scientific Policies

Jim Manzi, founder and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), an applied artificial intelligence software company, contributing editor at National Review and the author of Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society, says we need to bring scientific tactics, like controlled experiments, to public policy. Read more about Manzi's proposition here

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John Irving: In One Person

John Irving, author of The World According to Garp, talks about his newest novel, In One Person.

EVENT: Irving will read from In One Person at the 92nd St. Y on May 13, 2012 at 8pm. More information here.  

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