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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Olympics are meant to bring the world together. And so, as the Summer Games approach, the world unites… in protest against China. We go live to San Francisco for the Olympic torch’s bumpy journey through the Bay Area. And writers Lee Siegel and Nicholson Baker preview their debate at the New York Public Library over whether the internet offers more freedom--or just more surveillance.


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Nicholson Baker and Lee Siegel

Open Phones: Teacher Tenure and Test Scores

State legislators failed to link teacher tenure to test scores, another blow to Mayor Bloomberg's agenda. Should teacher tenure be determined by student achievement? If so, how?

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Iraq on Capitol Hill

Fawaz Gerges, professor in Middle East and International Affairs at Sarah Lawrence College and author of The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global, offers analysis of the Crocker and Petraeus testimony in yesterday's Congressional hearings. Michael Hirsh, senior editor at Newsweek's Washington Bureau, joins in to comment on Obama's ...

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Debating the Internet

Lee Siegel, author of Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob, and Nicholson Baker, author of Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, preview their debate at the New York Public Library over whether the internet offers more ...

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Torching Your Bridges

As the Olympic torch makes its worldwide tour, protesters are seizing the opportunity to speak up about China's human rights abuses. We check in with KQED reporter Kelly Wilkinson, on the torch's visit to San Francisco. We also hear from BBC World Affairs Correspondent Paul Reynolds on the

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China Steps Out

Richard Baum, professor of Political Science at the University of California - Los Angeles, and former Director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, looks at what these Olympics - and the growing protests - mean for China's place on the world stage.

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Upside to High Prices?

Some people draw a straight line from cheap, subsidized corn prices to the obesity epidemic and the accompanying high rates of diabetes and heart disease. Anna Lappé, co-founder (with her mother, Frances Lappé) of the Small Planet Institute and author of Grub: Ideas for an Urban ...

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Lee Siegel




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Lee Siegel, author of Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob debates over the phone with Nicholson Baker, ...

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