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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Still from the documentary "Reportero," by Bernardo Ruiz (Bernardo Ruiz)

On today’s show: Madeleine Kunin, the first female governor of Vermont, discusses five decades of feminist advocacy and where the feminist movement is today. Dr. Marvin Johnson explains how you can stop—or at least settle—disputes in your life. A researcher who specializes in neuroscience and finance explains why we take risks and the biology of boom and bust cycles. Plus, we’ll look at the challenges facing journalists in Tijuana.

Madeleine Kunin on the New Feminist Agenda

Madeleine Kunin, who was the first woman governor of Vermont and served as the Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton, looks back over five decades of feminist advocacy—where progress has been successful and where it has stalled, and at the successes of other countries. In The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family, she advocates for the next feminist revolution­­­ to call for workplace policies that improve the lives of women and families.

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The Art of Conflict Resolution

Dr. Marvin Johnson, a nationally recognized mediator and arbitrator, talks about how to resolve disputes and conflicts. He explains how mediation skills work and how they can be used in our daily lives.

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The Biology of Boom and Bust

John Coates, senior research fellow in neuroscience and finance at the University of Cambridge, explains what the laws of financial boom and bust—and risk-taking in general—have to do with testosterone. In The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust, he explains his research and offers lessons from the new field—the biology of risk.

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Backstory: Mexico's Presidential Elections

Mexican voters will head to the polls on July 1. Lucia Newman, Latin America Editor for Al Jazeera English, talks about what’s at stake and how the influence of the drug cartels has shaped the campaign.

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"Reportero"

Director Bernardo Ruiz talks about his documentary “Reportero,” which follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a newspaper based in Tijuana, one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Since the paper’s founding in 1980, two of the paper’s editors have been murdered and the founder viciously attacked. Despite the attacks, the paper has continued its aggressive investigative reporting. “Reportero” will be shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center June 21-23.

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