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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lower Manhattan skyline, New York City (acmace/flickr)

Ten years ago, Richard Florida wrote about the role of creativity in the economy in his influential book The Rise of the Creative Class. He discusses how American cities have changed in the past decade. Plus: NPR host R. Jay Magill, Jr. talks about the influence of the moral idea of sincerity in our politics and culture; and the July series on air-conditioning continues with Stan Cox.

Washington Grills the Banks

Yesterday in Washington, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were talking about the structure and behavior of big banks. Tim Geithner offered testimony about the LIBOR rate-fixing scandal. And comments by a former Citigroup CEO led to buzz about the return of Glass-Steagall, which prevented banks from getting too big. Wall Street Journal economic policy reporter Damian Paletta discusses the latest.

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Where's the Line on School Discipline?

A New Jersey court has ruled that a high school went too far in disciplining students for out-of-school law-breaking. But it also created an exception for cases in which a student is put in harm's way, which has implications for New Jersey's anti-bullying legislation. Nancy Solomon, managing editor at New Jersey Public Radio, discusses the ruling.

What do you think? Can a school punish a student for behavior outside of school? What's the role of parents, law enforcement, and others? Where do you draw the line? Let us know!

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Keeping Cool: AC-less Living

Each Thursday in June, Stan Cox, a senior scientist at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and the the author of Losing Our Cool, discusses the world of air conditioning.

This Week: Why did you decide to do without air conditioning and why should others do the same?  What tips for going without can you share?

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Revisiting the Creative Class

Richard Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and a senior editor at the Atlantic, is the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, 10th Anniversary EditionAs his book celebrates its tenth anniversary, Florida discusses how things have changed.

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NYC's Broadband Disparity

Robert Atkinson, Director of Policy Research at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at the Columbia Business School, explains why some New York City neighborhoods have better Internet service than others.

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The Moral Idea That Influenced Everything

R. Jay Magill, Jr., host for NPR Worldwide's Berlin Journal in Germany and the author of Sincerity, discusses the single ideal that pervades history, religion, art and politics and has inspired everything from religious wars to "hipster chic."

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