On the Brink

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Egyptian opposition gather in sit-in tents at the landmark Tahrir square in Cairo on November 25, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Middle East is in turmoil. Hear analysis about the situations in Gaza, Egypt, Syria and throughout the region from Leila Hilal of the New America Foundation. Plus: diplomacy in China; your topical college essays; additional food assistance for Sandy victims; and the phones will be open for you to tell us what you’re buying online that you never thought you would.

Middle East in Turmoil

Leila Hilal, Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, discusses the latest developments in Gaza, Egypt, Syria, and throughout the region.


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Food Assistance for Sandy Victims

Robert Doar, administrator and commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration and Department of Social Services talks about D-SNAP, a program that provides additional food stamp assistance available for New Yorkers in storm-damaged zip codes. Doar explains who qualifies, as well as when and how to apply.


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Open Phones: Topical College Essays

Some high school seniors had their college applications delayed by Sandy, and may be writing about the experience. What real-life events were in your essay? Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below. Plus, Don Fraser, Director of Education and Training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, offers suggestions on how to best address the interruption. 

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China: The Game Changer

Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow and director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, talks to Brian about his reflections on China and her piece "The Game Changer" about China's diplomacy.


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Do Think Tanks Really Think?

In light of Jim DeMint's recent resignation from the U.S Senate to head the Heritage Foundation think tank we ask: what exactly is a think tank anyway? Murray Weidenbaum, professor of Business and Government at Washington University in St. Louis and author of The Competition of Ideas: The World of the Washington Think Tanks, joins us to assess the role these organizations play in the Washington ecosystem. 

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Open Phones: Online Buying

What are you buying online that you thought you'd never buy online? Call us at 212-433-9692 or let us know in the comments section below.  

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