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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Iran has condemned the recent violence in Syria, but many still see that country as Syria’s strongest regional ally. Afshin Molavi of the New America Foundation discusses what events in Syria – and the recent computer virus targeting Iran – mean for stability in the Middle East. Plus: the candidates for the New Jersey 10th Congressional District Democratic primary; Alison Bechdel on her graphic novel work; and how to make connections that matter in your 20s.

The Mayor vs. Soda Pop

Michael Saul of the Wall Street Journal, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, and Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and professor of Sociology at New York University and author of Why Calories Count, talk about Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to prohibit the sale of "super-sized" sugary soft drinks in NYC's restaurants.

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Iran, Syria, and Mid-East Security Update

The unrest in Syria implicates Iran-US-Israel relations, as does the news of the latest computer virus known as "flame." We check in on Iranian stability with Afshin Molavi, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and former Tehran-based correspondent for the Washington Post.

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Alison Bechdel on Memoirs

Alison Bechdel, cartoonist and author of the graphic memoir Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, reflects on the creation of memoirs, her long-running comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" and her approach to graphic novels.

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NJ 10th Candidates

Newark City Council member Ron Rice, Jr.Mayor Wayne Smith of Irvington, NJ, State Senator Nia Gill (D-34) and Donald Payne, Jr.Essex County freeholder-at-large, Newark city council president and the son of late Congressman Donald Payne Sr. of New Jersey's 10th district discuss their campaigns in the primary race to represent New Jersey's 10th district in Congress.


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Your 20s: The Urban Tribe and Networks

Each Thursday in May, Meg Jay, clinical psychologist, assistant clinical professor at the University of Virginia, and author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now, looks at different aspects of life in your twenties. This week: how twentysomethings should shape relationships and networks.

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