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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mitt Romney Republican presidential candidate, and former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney. (Getty)

The Obama camp and others are criticizing Mitt Romney for his offshore bank accounts and other complicated personal finance strategies. Hear Nicholas Shaxson, the journalist who investigated Mitt Romney’s offshore accounts for Vanity Fair, discuss what he found out and why we should care. Plus: WNYC’s Ailsa Chang looks at how NYPD officers decide whether they have “reasonable suspicion” to stop and frisk; The New York Times columnist Joe Nocera explains what the LIBOR is in the context of the Barclay’s scandal; and a conversation about what makes something or someone resilient.

What the ConEd Lockout Means for Labor

Susan Schurman, dean of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, discusses the ConEd lockout as it relates to the larger conversation about the role of labor unions and strategy.

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The NYPD and "Reasonable Suspicion"

Judges have overturned some convictions arising from the city's controversial stop-and-frisk program, saying NYPD officers didn't have the needed "reasonable suspicion" to stop and frisk the suspects. WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang looks at how individual officers make that call.

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Joe Nocera Explains LIBOR

The New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera explains the London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR) index in the context of the allegations that Barclays manipulated that key rate benchmark.

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Romney Offshore

Nicholas Shaxson, journalist and author of Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens, talks about his Vanity Fair article examining Mitt Romney's offshore financial dealings.

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Bounce Back

Andrew Zolli, executive director and curator of the PopTech community of innovators and co-author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, discusses his new book examining why some systems and communities are able to recover quickly from crisis when others are not.

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Open Phones: Your Micro-Apartment

Mayor Bloomberg announced a design competition for a building full of "micro-units" yesterday. Jerilyn Perine, executive director of Citizens Housing and Planning Council, explains what kinds of housing are needed in the city and which kinds of regulations are on the books.

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'Singin' in the Rain' and Other Favorites To Calm Anxious Minds

Daniel Smith, author of Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, said on Monday's show that he watches "Singin' In the Rain" to quell a bout of severe anxiety. We asked our Facebook fans to share their own anxiety-reducing film favorites. Here are some of their picks.

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