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Thursday, October 25, 2012

With Election Day less than two weeks away, everyone seems to be talking about the presidential campaign, so New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes gives advice on how you can talk politics without burning bridges. Then, Beth Terry tells us about her quest to rid her life of plastic and gives tips on how you can reduce the amount of plastic in yours. We’ll look at the chess program in a public school in Williamsburg that’s won more national championships than any other in the country. We’ll take a look at the issues that candidates hope will win them votes in Florida. Plus this week’s Backstory segment.

Philip Galanes on Navigating Politics

If arguing about politics isn't your favorite past time, this time of year can be especially difficult. It can be hard to know how to remain polite—or know how and when to change the subject—when political debates arise with friends, family, roommates, co-workers, and anyone you may not see eye to eye with. Expert Philip Galanes is here to give some advice! He's the New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

Do you need advice on navigating political disagreements and debates in your life? Leave a question for Philip Galanes!

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Plastic Free

Beth Terry talks about how to limit your plastic footprint. Her book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too provides personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and personal solutions and tips on how to limit how much plastic you use every day.

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Brooklyn Castle

Alexis Paredes, I.S. 318 graduate and top-rated high school chess player, and John Galvin, the Assistant Principal at I.S. 318 and chess coordinator there, talk about the documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” which they’re both featured in. The film tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a low-income inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. “Brooklyn Castle” is playing at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and Sunshine Landmark Cinemas.

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Florida and the 2012 Election

Since the 2000 election, Florida has been a prime battleground state for presidential candidates, and this year is no exception. Sergio  Bustos, political editor at the Miami Herald, joins us to discuss how the candidates are wooing voters in the Sunshine State. We’ll also discuss Senator Bill Nelson’s re-election bid and how one of Florida’s House races has become one of the tightest and most contentious this year.

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Backstory: US Drones Strikes and the "Disposition Matrix"

During Monday's Presidential debate, moderator Bob Schieffer asked just one question about U.S. drone-strikes, despite the fact that the controversial drone program is now one of the cornerstones of the country's counter-terrorism policy. Washington Post intelligence reporter Greg Miller tells us about his investigation of a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.” He's written about it in the Washington Post's special report, the Permanent War.

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