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Monday, July 09, 2012

Iranian navy conducts the 'Velayat-90' naval wargames in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 1, 2012. (EBRAHIM NOROOZI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Kai Wright of ColorLines and The Nation discusses the news from inside and outside the Beltway – including the campaign trails. Plus: David Sanger of The New York Times on the latest between Iran and the U.S.; the director Marc Levin on his new documentary on economics on Long Island; and your calls on what’s behind your anxiety and how you cope.

David Sanger on Iran, Syria, More

Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and WNYC contributor David Sanger talks about the latest on the diplomatic relationship with Iran, the effects of economic sanctions and their impact on the oil markets. Plus the latest from Syria, Libya, and more.

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Local Politics Heating Up

Azi Paybarah, political reporter for Capital New York, discusses the headlines in local politics, from the Rangel-Espaillat race likely getting settled to the ongoing lockout of ConEd workers.

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Hard Times on Long Island

Director Marc Levin talks about his film "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" and what he learned about families facing long-term unemployment.

→ Tune In: Hard Times premieres Monday, July 9th at 9pm on HBO

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Black Unemployment and Presidential Politics

Black unemployment is 14.4% and rose a full point in June. Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines and Nation contributor, discusses the presidential contest and the latest unemployment figures —particularly as those numbers vary by race.

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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

Daniel Smith, author of Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, talks about his new book and his past struggles with crippling anxiety.

→ EVENT: Release party and reading | Wednesday, July 11, 7pm | BookCourt (163 Court St., Brooklyn)

→ EVENT: Reading and book signing | Thursday, July 12, 7pm | Book Revue (313 New York Ave., Huntington, Long Island)

THE SCRAPBOOK: Smith cites "Singin' in the Rain" as a calming influence during bouts of anxiety. Inspired by his example, here are some of listeners' favorite movies for anxious moments.

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