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Thursday, September 20, 2012

A French newspaper has published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, further fueling tension and unrest in the Middle East. Steve Erlanger, Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, discusses the latest developments. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days tackles free trade and outsourcing; CUNY adopts a controversial new curriculum; and is love just a chemical reaction?

French Cartoons Depict the Prophet Mohammed

After a weekly French magazine published a cartoon that features a crude caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, the French government immediately closed its embassy and school in Tunisia, and plans to close 20 other embassies and schools on Friday. Steve Erlanger, New York Times Paris Bureau Chief, discusses the cartoon, and what it means for free speech.

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Pathways from CUNY

Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, talks about the controversy over the new CUNY program Pathways designed to make it easier for students to transfer from 2-year to 4-year schools.

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Neuroscience of Love

Larry Young, professor of psychiatry at Emory University, director of its Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, and science journalist Brian Alexander, discuss their search for a "grand unified theory" of love from their book The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction.

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30 Issues: Does Free Trade Outsource Jobs?

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The impact of free trade on domestic employment. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Open Phones: TV's Real-Life Lessons

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton revealed that Burmese politicians told her they were learning about democracy from the West Wing. And the NYPD is going to film more interrogations because the "CSI effect" leads jurors to expect videotape of suspects. Listeners: What real-life lessons have you learned from fictional television? Call 212-433-9692, or post here!

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Twitter Slideshow: What Did You Learn from TV?

On Thursday's show, we asked what real-life lessons you've learned from fictional TV. Here are some of your tweeted responses.

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