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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Protesters call for the release of Russian band "Pussy Riot" (mekama/flickr)

Share stories about the before-30 life experience that shaped your politics as That's My Issue continues. Plus: Nina Khrushcheva and Masha Lipman discuss free speech in the context of Russia's Pussy Riot trial; Kimberly Winston, reporter for the Religion News Service, talks about a new poll that suggests an uptick in atheism in the US; and we continue our Intern Life series with a discussion of the socioeconomics of internships.

Paul Ryan's Budgets: Roadmap vs. Path

Marc Goldwein, Senior Policy Director at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, discusses the difference between the first Ryan budget  plan - the "Roadmap for America" - and the more recent "Path to Prosperity."

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The Pussy Riot Trial in Russia

Members of the band, Pussy Riot, are on trial in Russia. Nina Khrushcheva, a professor in the International Affairs Program at the New School, senior fellow at World Policy Institute and author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics, and Masha Lipman, the editor of the Pro et Contra journal, published by Carnegie Moscow Center, and contributor to The New Yorker's website about the trial, discuss what it says about the Putin regime, free speech in Russia, and the protest movement there.

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Intern Life: Who Gets Paid?

All this month, we're looking at the world of internships, from pay to policy. Our guest for this month, Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, continues the weekly series on life as an intern and the socioeconomics of internships.

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Annoying Sounds Unpacked

In a bracket, you voted subway emergency exits the most annoying sound in New York City. Benjamin Sachwald, Director of Acoustics, Noise and Vibration at AKRF, wraps up our #ANNOISE project with an explanation as to why we find certain sounds so irritating.

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Atheism on the Rise

1 in 20 Americans now identify as "athiest," a five-fold increase since 2005. Kimberly Winston, correspondent for the Religion News Service, discusses a new poll that shows an uptick in atheism, and a drop in religiosity, in the United States.

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That's My Issue Open Phones: Under 30s

That's My Issue is WNYC's new election-year project to gather stories of how personal experience has shaped your politics. Yesterday we got a call from a woman who had an experience when she was young that shaped her life. Today, calls from young people about their notable political awakenings.

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