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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney argues that his business experience prepares him well for the job of president. Vanity Fair national editor Todd Purdum tests that theory. Plus: WNYC reporter Fred Mogul takes a look at what would have happened here had New York City won the chance to host the 2012 Olympics instead of London; an investigation into NYC’s big construction firms and their public projects; and a program to help pay bail and avoid excessive jail time.

CEO in Chief

Vanity Fair national editor, Todd Purdum, looks at the theory that business experience is important for a president.

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India's Blackout in Context

Anand Giridharadas, "Currents" columnist for the New York Times and author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking, discusses the massive blackout in India, which ended yesterday, and what it says about that country's development and democracy. 

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Construction Billing Fraud Investigation

WNYC contributing editor for politics and investigations Bob Hennelly discusses the federal investigation into NYC's big construction firms' billing practices for major public projects.

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Imagining an NYC Olympics

NYC lost out to London for the 2012 games. WNYC reporter Fred Mogul and Newsday presenter on the BBC World Service Nuala McGovern discuss what the city missed, and imagine the games taking place in NYC.

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Charities Posting Bail

Robin G. Steinberg, executive director of The Bronx Defenders, discusses the Bronx Freedom Fund, a program that helps Bronx residents pay bail and avoid time in jail when they can't afford it, and the new New York State law that allows charities to do this.

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Remembering Gore Vidal

Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, remembers the life and work of the celebrated author and cultural icon Gore Vidal, who died yesterday at the age of 86. Call in (212-433-WNYC/9692) with how you remember the writer and thinker, or start posting in the comments below. What's your favorite Gore Vidal memory or work? 

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Screening Room: Gore Vidal's Best Moments

Novelist, essayist and cultural critic Gore Vidal died at the age of 86 Tuesday. Here are some of our favorite Vidal moments - from showdowns with fellow intellectuals to bizarre guest appearances. Got a Vidal moment to suggest? Post the video link below and we'll add it.

The Brian Lehrer Show will be discussing the legacy of Vidal - and taking your calls - Wednesday at 11:40am

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