What's So Bad About Amnesty?

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Part of the debate about immigration in the Senate right now is whether it offers amnesty to people currently here illegally. But would amnesty for simply coming here to work be a bad thing? We'll take your calls and comments on the question. Plus, Betty Rollin on the psychology of looking on the bright side, Cullen Murphy on the comparison between the United States and the Roman Empire, and listeners call in about merit-based immigration.

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Silver Linings

Betty Rollin, TV journalist and the author of the books First, You Cry, Last Wish, and her newest, Here's the Bright Side: Of Failure, Fear, Cancer, Divorce, and Other Bum Raps (Random House, 2007), discusses the upsides that can sometimes accompany adversity.

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Empire: The U.S. vs. Ancient Rome

Cullen Murphy, editor at large at Vanity Fair, former managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly, and author of Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), compares the Roman empire to the United States.

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Open Phones: Are We Harvard?

Should the United States have merit based immigration? Listeners call in and tell us what they think.


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