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Monday, October 08, 2012

Jim Lehrer of PBS looks back at the many debates he has hosted and shares his thoughts on how this year’s first presidential debate went. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days starts its week on big government with a focus on big housing with former Fannie Mae vice president Edward Pinto and Janneke Ratcliffe from the Center for American Progress; and coming to terms with a personal legacy of slavery. 

Jim Lehrer on Hosting Debates

Jim Lehrer, former PBS News anchor and author of Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, reflects on the presidential debates he's hosted, including the first Romney-Obama debate last week.

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Post-Debate Adjustments

Andrea Bernstein, WNYC political director during the 2008 campaign and current political coverage coordinator, talks about the post-debate polls and how the campaigns are re-setting.

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Slavery's Legacy

Sharon Leslie Morgan, multicultural marketing consultant, genealogist and co-author of  Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade, and Thomas Norman DeWolf, author of Inheriting the Trade and co-author of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade, discuss the legacy of slavery and their work to chart the course of reconciliation.

EVENT: Book reading and signing at the Quaker Meeting House in New York on October 20th.

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30 Issues: Big Housing

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The state of post-bubble housing policy and federal government's role in the market. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Manhattan Terror Trial

Federal court proceedings against Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other terror suspects got underway Saturday after their extradition from the U.K. Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, discusses the issues surrounding the extradition and the potential concerns over holding a terror trail in Manhattan.


Columbus, Up Close

Kenneth C. Davis, author of the "Don't Know Much About" series, including Don't Know Much About the American Presidents, talks about the changing views of Christopher Columbus.


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Longform On The Issues: Big Government

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 Four of 30 Issues looks at the role of government in housing, energy, health, and military funding and policy. See all the guides here.

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