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Friday, November 30, 2012

US President Barack Obama (L) talks to retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander, during a meeting with cabinet members to discuss the administration's response to oil spill. U.S. President Barack Obama talks to retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander, during a meeting with cabinet members to discuss the administration's response to oil spill. (Getty Images)

Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen discusses his new post-Sandy role as the co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Respond Commission, charged with making sure New York State is prepared for future weather disasters—and what he learned from having led the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Plus: Emily Bazelon of Slate discusses the same-sex marriage cases that could go before the Supreme Court; overlooked international news stories; the argument for higher wages for retail workers; and new inductees to the People’s Hall of Fame.

U.S. Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and Political Gabfest Radio panelist, discusses the same-sex marriage cases the U.S. Supreme Court is considering hearing--and what we should know about them.

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Thad Allen on Federal Disaster Response

Retired U.S. Coast Guard admiral Thad Allen discusses his recent appointment by Gov. Cuomo to co-chair the NYS Respond Commission on emergency preparedness in the state, and his experience. Allen coordinated federal response in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and was the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is also a Senior Vice President at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

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Win Win for Retail

Catherine Ruetschlin, policy analyst at Demos and the author of the study Retail's Hidden Potential: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers, the Industry and the Overall Economy, calls for higher wages for retail workers to spur the economy, as holiday shopping goes into high gear.

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2012 Overlooked International News

Joshua Keating, associate editor at Foreign Policy, talks about his list of the top ten overlooked stories in 2012 from around the world.

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The Brass Ceiling: Women in Combat

A lawsuit filed this week by four women alleges that the military's ban on women in combat is discriminatory. Kevin Baron, national security staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine's The E-Ring blog, explains how the Department of Defense is assessing a change to the policy toward women.

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People's Hall of Fame: NYC Radio

Steve Zeitlin, executive director of City Lore, a non-profit that produces programs and publications that convey the richness of New York City's cultural heritage, Bob Fass, WBAI DJ credited with inventing free form radio, and Phil Schaap, WKCR Jazz host and 2012 inductee, talk about the radio pioneers being inducted into City Lore's People's Hall of Fame.

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