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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The mental health conversation continues with a look at what the obstacles are to finding policies that work, and we crowd source your answers. Plus: who is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year?; a fiscal cliff solution is on the horizon, and Todd Zwillich of the Takeaway explains; comedian and satirist Mo Rocca is being taught how to cook by grandmothers; and the Brian Lehrer Show’s end-of-year photo project kicks off with a look at the new Instagram policy and a call for your photos.

Reconciling Congress

Legislators continue to discuss whether they will take on gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting. Plus, John Boehner's "Plan B" (did you miss Plan A?) to avert the "fiscal cliff" has kicked off a round of proposals and counter-proposals. Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, discusses the news from Washington.

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Instagram, Your Privacy, and A Photo Project

The mobile photo service Instagram caused a furor yesterday when they announced expansive new terms of service. Sam Biddle, reporter for Gizmodo, explains the backlash, and what we know about social network privacy in general. Then, James Estrin, senior staff photographer and co-editor of the Lens blog for the New York Times, discusses the role of camera photography in photojournalism, and helps launch our year-end photo project.

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Time Person of the Year: Barack Obama

Michael Scherer, Time White House correspondent, talks about the selection of President Obama as Time's Person of the Year.

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Continuing the Conversation on Mental Health

Sarah Steverman, director of state policy for Mental Health America, addresses the major issues of mental health policy today, and explores options for improvement.

→ More: Yesterday's Segment on Mental Health | Crowdsourcing Mental Health Policy

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Mo Rocca Learns How to Cook

Satirist and writer Mo Rocca introduces his new series "My Grandmother's Ravioli" in which other people's grandmother's teach him how to cook. Grandmother Ruth Teig, also joins the show to describe how she taught Mr. Rocca to cook traditional jewish foods.

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China and US: War?

When last we spoke, I tried to sound an optimistic note and explain why, despite the warning signs -- like China and Japan's recent squabbling over the ownership of the Senkakau/Diaoyu islands -- I think the chances of a real-live shooting war between Beijing and Washington (Tokyo's sworn protector) remain small.

Since then, events in the region have conspired to make me look bad.

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