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Thursday, July 19, 2012

The State Budget Crisis Task Force raised red flags this week about the financial futures of state governments. Task Force co-chair, former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, discusses the extent of these fiscal problems—and how New York and New Jersey compare to other states. Plus: London Times columnist Caitlin Moran talks about her new book How to Be a Woman; a look at portrayals of Mormons in America; and the Keeping Cool series continues with a conversation about the economics of air-conditioning.

On Mormonism

Joanna Brooks, senior correspondent at Religion Dispatches, professor at San Diego State University and the author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith, gives a progressive, feminist look at the role of Mormonism in America as a Mormon in light of the recent Bloomberg Business Week cover. 

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Syria Burning

After bombings killed at least three high-ranking government officials yesterday, Reuters is reporting that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has fled Damascus. Fighting continues, and the UN is meeting to decide on further actions (UPDATE: Syria and China have vetoed the latest resolution), including sanctions and possible military intervention. Leila Hilal, the director of the New America Foundation Middle East Task Force, discusses the latest developments.

→ Trusted Syria Sources: Guardian LiveBlog | Twitter Sources | Map of Damascus Bombings

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Keeping Cool: Air Conditioning and the Economy

Every week in July, Stan Cox, a senior scientist at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and the author of Losing Our Cool, discusses the world of air conditioning. This week: the impact of air conditioning on the economy.  Could you do your job without air conditioning?

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Richard Ravitch: State Budget Crisis

Richard Ravitch is the former New York State Lt. Governor and Co-chair of the State Budget Crisis Task Force. Ravitch joins us to talk about the task force that he and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker convened and the gloomy picture for state governments.

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New Take on Feminism

Caitlin Moran, London Times columnist and the author of How To Be a Woman, talks about her take on feminism and the splash her book made in the UK.

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