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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The first presidential debate is tonight. New York Times Magazine and GQ contributor Robert Draper discusses the art of debate prep and the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a conversation about the social safety net and how the next president could help the very poor; a look at the political character of Staten Island; and rethinking whether marriage should mean forever.

Debate Prep 2012

The Presidential candidates meet in Colorado tonight for the first of three debates. Robert Draper, contributor to GQ and The New York Times Magazine, dissects the pre-debate prepping and posturing and discusses his GQ feature on what to look for from Obama and Romney.

→ Debate Coverage Tonight: On Air Special 8pm | Watch and Live Chat | Debate Bingo!

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Staten Island: Two Views on the Forgotten Borough

Richard Flanagan, associate professor at the College of Staten Island and co-author of Staten Island: Conservative Bastion in a Liberal City, and Sarah Henry, chief curator at the Museum of the City of New York host of the exhibition From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012, discuss Staten Island's unique social and political history.

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30 Issues: Holes in the Safety Net

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Where the government stands in its coverage of the neediest Americans. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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The Marriage Contract

Matt Richtel, New York Times reporter, discusses new ways to think about marriage--as time-limited contracts.

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