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Monday, July 16, 2012

Seniors attend a 'Medicare Monday' seminar at the Holly Creek retirement community on December 6, 2010 in Centennial, Colorado. 80 people came to learn how federal health care reform will affect them. Seniors attend a 'Medicare Monday' seminar (John Moore/Getty)

David Brancaccio discusses his new documentary “Fixing the Future” about a reinvention of the American economy. Plus: Mailman School of Public Health Dean Linda Fried on the intersection of aging and public health; essayist Jim Holt on why the world exists; and the latest of the national presidential race.

Setting the Week in Politics

The 2012 campaign is focusing on Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital, including questions about when he left the firm, and whether he had a part in practices that led to the loss of American jobs. Maggie Haberman, senior political writer at Politico, sets the week in politics.

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Open Phones: The Return of Anthony Weiner?

In an interview on this show last week, former Congressman Anthony Weiner said he wasn't planning any sort of return to politics. But the New York Post and New York Times have now reported on the roughly $4.5million Weiner has in the bank for a possible political candidacy.

Are you ready for an Anthony Weiner political comeback? Would you vote for him for Mayor in 2013, or would Public Advocate be a better fit? Let us know!

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Fixing The Future

David Brancaccio of Marketplace discusses “Fixing the Future,” his new feature documentary about a reinvention of the American economy.

Screenings: "Fixing the Future" will be screened at many theaters across the country on Wednesday, July 18, including the Chelsea Clearview.  Ticket information available here.

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Unafraid of Aging

Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, discusses her work and research into the intersection of aging and public health

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An Existential Detective Story

Jim Holt, essayist, critic, and author of Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, discusses his new book, which investigates the age-old mystery of why is there something rather nothing.

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Open Phones: Weekend Activity Recommendations

Another summer weekend has come and gone. What movie, concert, restaurant, hike or bike trip or whatever did you see/do this weekend? Would you recommend it to other listeners?

→ Check out some of the Brian Lehrer Show's recommendations below!

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