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Monday, October 01, 2012

This week, 30 Issues in 30 Days focuses on inequality beginning with a look at the victims of 2008’s foreclosure crisis. Yale economics professor Robert Shiller and then Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek provide two takes on how we got here -- and how we’ll get out. Former CIA operative Bob Baer and Slate culture critic June Thomas take on the Showtime drama "Homeland’s" accuracy regarding counterterrorism and its significance as post-9/11 entertainment. Plus: complaints of discriminatory test admissions policy at the city’s specialized high schools.

On Voting

Anna Sale, It's a Free Country political reporter, joins us from Colorado to talk about how early voting and voter I.D. laws could affect the presidential race.

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Discriminating Test

An NAACP lawsuit contends that the path to entry in NYC's elite public high schools is discriminatory. Yasmeen Khan, WNYC associate news producer covering education and politics, discusses the case. 

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Context and a TV Show: Homeland

Every so often, we pick a popular movie, play, or TV show and talk about the real-life context. Today: Showtime's "Homeland."

Bob Baer, the Intelligence Columnist for TIME Magazine and 21-year veteran of the CIA, talks about what "Homeland" gets right and what it says about counter-terrorism. Then, June Thomas, a culture critic for Slate and host of the new Slate podcast The Afterword, discusses what the show says about the evolution of spy thrillers after 9/11.

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30 Issues: Victims of 2008: The Foreclosed On

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: How to end the ongoing foreclosure crisis and relieve those who have lost their homes. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Longform on the Issues: Inequality in America

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 Three of 30 Issues looks at those in foreclosure, returning veterans, the safety net, and other questions of inequality. 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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30 Issues Data: Visualizing Foreclosure

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 lingering effects of the foreclosure crisis here.


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