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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (Getty Images)

On today’s show: The New Yorker’s John Cassidy talks about how the recent economic news is likely to shape the presidential campaign. We’ll talk to the founder of a nonprofit organization that inspires disaffected and underperforming students by getting them involved in sprucing up their schools. Novelist Peter Carey, playwright John Guare, and poet and playwright Jessica Hagedorn explain why they oppose NYU’s proposed expansion and discuss its possible effect on Greenwich Village. Plus, Vanity Fair's Kurt Eichenwald explains how Microsoft went from leading the computer industry to watching as Apple created best-selling devices like the iPod and iPhone.

Money, the Economy, and the Presidential Election

New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy discusses economics and the presidential campaign. He’s been covering Mitt Romney and President Obama on The New Yorker’s blog “Rational Irrationality.” Cassidy’s latest book is How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities.

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Ruth Lande Shuman, founder and president of Publicolor, talks about the nonprofit, which uses color, collaboration, design, and painting to re-engage students in their education, schools, and communities.

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Writers on NYU's Expansion

As the New York City Council prepares to vote on the controversial NYU 2031 expansion plan, a group of writers and artists, many of them longtime residents of Greenwich Village, has banded together to publish a book of essays, photos, and drawings, titled While We Were Sleeping: NYU and the Destruction of New York, to express their opposition to the project. Novelist Peter Carey, poet and playwright Jessica Hagedorn, and playwright John Guare talk about the impact NYU’s proposed expansion plan on Greenwich Village.

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"Microsoft's Lost Decade"

Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald talks about how Microsoft went from leading the computer industry to watching Apple surpass it with iPods and iPads. His article "Microsoft's Lost Decade" appears in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

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