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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

President Barack Obama takes part in a debt meeting with congressional leaders July 13, 2011 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

In today’s installment of the “30 Issues in 30 Days” series, former White House Budget Director Alice Rivlin examines the role of the national debt in the upcoming election – and whether or not it constitutes a crisis. Then Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Congresswoman and dissenting member of the Simpson-Bowles committee, explains why she objected to the deficit reduction proposal.  Carl Hum, executive director of the NYC Districting Commission, looks at upcoming changes to New York City’s council district map in light of the 2010 Census. Plus: former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Kate White divulges secrets to success that every girl should know.

The Arab Spring at this Fall's General Assembly

Neil MacFarquhar, United Nations bureau chief for the New York Times, and author of The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East, talks about the issues on the table at the UN General Assembly this week, and what leaders will say about protests in the Middle East against the recent US and French-originated caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Building NYC's New Districts

The process is underway to redraw the New York City Council district map. Carl Hum, Executive Director of the NYC Districting Commission, discusses the every-ten-year process and how the public can provide input into the changes.

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Success Secrets for Gutsy Girls

Kate White, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and author of I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know, talks about giving career advice to women of all ages in her new book.

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30 Issues: Is The Debt Really A Crisis?

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The actual significance of the national debt and how it might play into the election. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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President Obama's UN Speech, Governor Romney's CGI Speech

Blake Hounshell, managing editor at Foreign Policy, reacts to President Obama's last UN speech of his first term.

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30 Issues Data: How Much Does US Debt Concern You?

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 the role of long-term debt here.

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