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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The remains of a house along the waterfront in Union Beach. (Scott Gurian/Twitter)

Historian Douglas Brinkley explains what precedent there is for President Obama’s second term, and reflects on post-Katrina lessons applicable to the post-Sandy recovery here. Plus: how disasters create communities and what it means for climate change activists; Slate’s Sasha Issenberg looks back at how the Obama campaign used data to win the election; an on-the-ground look at the Long Island communities of Long Beach and Oceanside.

Post-Disaster Communities

Rebeca Solnit, historian, activist, and author of several books including A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, discusses the history of how disasters create communities in the context of our post-Sandy reality-and what climate change activists should do now.

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The 2012 Victory Lab

Sasha Issenberg, contributor to Slate, Washington correspondent for Monocle, and author of the book The Victory Lab, on how the Obama administration harnessed technology and mined data in winning the 2012 election.

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Thanksgiving Open Phones: Your Political Memories

What notable conversations about politics or current events do you remember from Thanksgiving? Call 212-433-9692 or post your memories here!

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History Lessons for the President

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and author of Cronkite, explains what the historical precedent is for Obama's second term and for storm response.


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After Sandy: Long Beach, LI

Jack Schnirman, City Manager, Long Beach LI, and Dr. Herb R. Brown, Superintendent of the Oceanside School District, discuss the ongoing Sandy recovery efforts in Nassau County’s south shore.

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Thanksgiving Open Phones: Conversation Anticipation

What Thanksgiving Day conversation are you looking forward to? What conversation are you hoping to avoid? Call 212-433-9692 or post your story here!

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