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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll get the latest from the Republican National Convention and discuss the governing philosophy of Representative Paul Ryan. Alex Goldmark, of WNYC’s Transportation Nation, discusses why there are so many abandoned bikes around the city. Tana French talks about her latest novel, Broken Harbor. The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson talks about visiting cities in Syria that have been liberated by the rebels and explains the complex dynamics of the Civil War there.

Delegates at the Convention

WNYC’s Anna Sale tells us what delegates are talking about at the Republican National Convention.

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Paul Ryan's Past and Future

Trip Gabriel, who has covered Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan for the New York Times, talks about Ryan’s political career and what he brings to the Romney campaign.

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Abandoned Bikes

Alex Goldmark, from WNYC's Transportation Nation reporting team, talks about WNYC’s abandoned bikes project and biking in the city.

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Tana French's Novel Broken Harbor

Tana French talks about her fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad, Broken Harbor. The story shows her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller.

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Jon Lee Anderson on Syria

New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson reports on the situation on the ground in Syria, and looks at whether the rebel factions can unite against the government. His article “The War Within” appears in the August 27 issue of The New Yorker.

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