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Monday, July 02, 2012

Lawmakers reached a last-minute deal to lower student loan rates last week, but (unrelatedly) grace periods on many student loans expired yesterday. Did students win or lose? Jason Delisle of the New America Foundation explains. Plus: New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney; Salon's Glenn Greenwald; and Charles J. Orlando continues the Broadband Love series.

Student Loan Rate Changes Explained

Jason Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project at the New America Foundation, discusses the deal struck in Washington to drop student loan rates and why grace periods disappeared yesterday.

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NJ Senate President Sweeney

Steve Sweeney, New Jersey's Democratic Senate President, discusses the NJ budget, higher education in the state, and decisions about Medicaid and health exchanges that the state will have to make following the Supreme Court's ruling on health care. Then Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, puts it all into context.   

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The Collapse of Everything

Dr. John Casti is a complexity scientist, systems theorist and the co-founder of The X-Center, a Vienna-based research institute focusing on human-caused extreme events and how to anticipate them. Casti discusses his book, X-Events: The Collapse of Everything

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Con Ed Lockout

New York Daily News reporter Erin Durkin discusses the breakdown in negotiations that occurred between Con Ed and its union members, causing a lockout of 8,000 employees.

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Glenn Greenwald's Justice

Glenn Greenwald, columnist, former constitutional law and civil rights litigator, and author of With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, discusses his book, now out in paperback, and other news of the day.

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Broadband Love: Making the Connection

Charles J. Orlando is our guest for the month of June. He is a relationship expert, YourTango partner, and author of The Problem with Women…Is Men. We continue our series on online dating with a look at how to write the best profile, and what to look for when you make the in-person connection.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Read: Brian's Guardian US Essay on the End of War

Brian wrote about the End of War project and his views on whether peace is possible. It's published here at the Guardian US

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