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Thursday, September 06, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll get the latest from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte with WNYC’s Bob Hennelly. Then Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi talks about the presidential race and the role Wall Street is playing in this election. Carol and Joe Reich talk about their education advocacy work and their Brooklyn charter school. We’ll find out about a new literary biography of Henry James. And we’ll take a look at the rise in allergies and auto-immune disorders and new ways of treating them.

Bob Hennelly in Charlotte

WNYC’s Bob Hennelly gives us an update from the Democratic National Convention and what to expect from the party this week.

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Matt Taibbi on the Conventions, Wall Street, and the Election

Matt Taibbi, Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone, talks about the election and the complicated relationship the Obama administration has with Elizabeth Warren and with the financial industry.

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Henry James and His American Masterpiece

Literary critic Michael Gorra discusses his biography of Henry James told through the lens of his greatest novel, Portrait of a Lady. In Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece tells how Portrait of a Lady—the scandalous story of the expatriate American heiress Isabel Archer—came to be written in the first place, sheds new light on James’s family, the European literary circles in which he made his name.

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Carol and Joe Reich on Education Reform

Carol and Joe Reich, talk about their role in the education reform movement. Getting to Bartlett Street: Our 25-Year Quest to Level the Playing Field in Education is the story of how they started one of the first charter schools in the country in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases

In the past 150 years, improved sanitation, water treatment, and the use of vaccines and antibiotics have saved countless lives, nearly eradicating diseases that had plagued humanity for thousands of years. But growing evidence suggests that the very steps we took to combat infections have also eliminated organisms that kept our bodies in balance. Science journalist Moises Velasquez-Manoff explains the latest research into the prevalence of allergies and autoimmune disorders, explores new treatments, and looks at the link between autism and a dysfunctional immune system. His book is An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases.

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Sister Simone Campbell Speaks at the DNC

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice organization, addressed the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. She was one of the Nuns on the Bus, and she spoke with guest host Julie Burstein in August about her advocacy work for the poor and why she was critical of Paul Ryan's budget. At the convention she didn't expressly endorse President Barack Obama, but she did speak out against the Romney-Ryan budget, saying it would hurt struggling families.

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