American Values

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Friday, September 14, 2012

It's day two of our 30 Issues in 30 Days series. Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money explain what Washington can do to help out the economy -- and if it's even the government's job to do so. Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's New Tech City, uses the tech sector as a case study for other industries. NYU and Oxford University professor Jeremy Waldron looks at the conflicting definitions of "American values" invoked in the wake of the attack in Libya. Slate columnist Fred Kaplan explores the future of diplomatic efforts to preserve and spread those values. Business ethics consultant Roger Steare looks at the role of ethics in determining how we vote. Plus: An open phones on what signifies to you that it's fall.


Our Values: Freedom of Speech or of Religion?

Jeremy Waldronprofessor of law and philosophy at the New York University School of Law and of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University, and author of The Harm in Hate Speech, discusses the use of the phrase "American values" in diplomatic and political rhetoric following the attack in Libya.


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Our Values: American Diplomacy In the Wake of Embassy Attacks

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate, discusses how the embassy protests in the Middle East have raised questions about the most effective way for diplomacy to spread U.S. "values."

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The Ethics of Voting

Roger Steare, business ethics consultant and the author of  Ethicability: How to Decide What's Right and Find the Courage to Do It, talks about how ethics shape the way we vote.

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30 Issues: How to Grow the Economy

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg of Planet Money and Manoush Zamorodi of WNYC's New Tech City on how government measures can boost the economy and move Americans towards an end of the Great Recession. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Open Phones: Signs of Fall

What signals the arrival of Fall to you? Maybe it's the changing color of the leaves, high school kids riding the subway, or election day. Whatever it is, post it below, give us a call 212-433-9692, or tweet us.

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