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Monday, September 24, 2012

Letters newly erected and still shrouded on the Atlantic Avenue side of Barclays Center on August 8, 2012 Letters newly erected and still shrouded on the Atlantic Avenue side of Barclays Center on August 8, 2012 (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Our “30 Issues in 30 Days” series continues with a close look at the long-term viability of Medicare and Social Security and what views of entitlements are from left, right and center. Plus: ABC News political director Amy Walter talks about the latest from the beltway and campaign trail; and an examination of what the Barclay’s Center will mean for employment and the community.

Amy Walter on Presidential Poll Watch

Amy Walter, ABC News political director, discusses the latest Presidential polling — which shows a widening Obama lead — and the release of Mitt Romney's most recent tax returns.

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The Barclays Center: Open for Business

The ribbon was cut last Friday on the Barclay's arena in Brooklyn. Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter, looks at what it means for the economy, the neighborhood and the borough.

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Voices from the Clinton Global Initiative

Philippe Cousteau, Jr. talks about his new commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative. Cousteau is an explorer and the founder of EarthEcho International, an environmental education organization. EarthEcho's goal for the next year is to provide funding for the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Then, model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova talks about completing her group's commitment to building ten schools in the past year. She founded the Happy Hearts Fund in 2005 to rebuild schools after natural disasters. 

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30 Issues: Getting Real On Medicare and Social Security

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The current state of Medicare and Social Security, and how they might change. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Slideshow: Your Twitter Reviews of Barclays Arena

On Monday's show we spoke with Charles Bagli of the New York Times about the long, contentious road to the opening of Brooklyn's new Barclay's Center. On Twitter, we asked you about the arena's design.

30 Issues Data: Your Thoughts on Social Security and Medicare

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days series, the WNYC Data News team is designing interactive visualizations, tools and graphics to illuminate the data behind the issues. Join the full conversation on Social Security and Medicare here.

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Longform on the Issues: Our Fiscal Future

WNYC asked Longform to pick great stories as background reading for our 30 Issues in 30 Days series. These are stories that help illuminate and humanize the important issues this election year. Part Two of 30 Issues looks at fiscal debt, infrastructure spending, and tax policy. See all the guides here.

For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Have an iPad? Download Longform’s app to read the latest picks.

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