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Friday, September 07, 2012

President Barack Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention and accepts the nomination. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

With the Democrats departing Charlotte, Jeff Greenfield wraps up coverage and with Heidi Moore of Marketplace looks at the August jobs numbers.  Plus linguist John McWhorter on the president's and vice president's turns of phrase; David Sanger on other news happening in the world; assessing the value of organic food; and the Paralympic Games in London.

Convention Wrap-Up and Jobs Numbers

Jeff Greenfield, co-host of PBS's "Need to Know", Yahoo! News  columnist, and Heidi Moore, New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace, discuss the conventions and this morning's jobs numbers.

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Talking a Blue Streak

John McWhorter, linguist, New Republic contributing editor and the author of What Language Is (And What It Isn’t and What It Could Be) talks about the Democrats' rhetorical choices in their conventions speeches.


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Organic vs Non-organic

Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and professor of Sociology at New York University, co-author with Malden Nesheim of Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, discusses the recently revived debate over the benefits of consuming organic vs conventional foods.


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David Sanger on American Foreign Policy

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, discusses his reporting on Middle East, how regional tensions are playing out, and American foreign policy towards the region. He also fact-checks one of the claims President Obama made in his convention speech last night. 

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On the Paralympics

Joseph Shapiro, NPR Correspondent and author of the book No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement talks about some of the American stories out of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

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