GOP Regroup; NY Budget; Douglas Rushkoff; On Ailes

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Republican leaders have issued a 100-page assessment of the GOP and how it should regroup for 2016. Reihan Salam of the National Review discusses the report and the Republican Party's outreach to minorities, women, and young people. Plus: media thinker Douglas Rushkoff on his new book Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now; and Zev Chafets on his new book Roger Ailes: Off Camera.


Republican leaders have issued a blistering 100-page assessment of their party. Reihan Salam, writer for the National Review's "The Agenda" policy blog, discusses the report about how to regroup for 2016--and how better to do outreach to ethnic minorities, women, and young people.

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Four Men in a Room

State budget negotiations have produced a tentative deal to raise the minimum wage to $9/hr by 2015 and to increase taxes on those New Yorkers making over $1 million per year. This year Governor Cuomo, Speaker Silver and Senate Republican Leader Skelos are joined by Democratic Senator Jeff Klein, who shares leadership with Skelos. Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, discusses the latest on the budget, expected this week.

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Shocked by the Now

Douglas Rushkoff, media thinker and author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, joins to discuss his new book and the idea that we no longer plan for the future, but instead spend our time grappling with the immediate.


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Understanding Obama's Trip to Israel

In his new biography of the Fox News president, American-Israeli author and journalist Zev Chafets writes that he "got a closer look at Roger Ailes than any journalist who doesn't work for him ever has." He talks to Brian about his book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, as well as President Obama's trip to the Middle East. Chafets is a former senior official in the Begin administration.

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Context and a T.V. Show: Unsafe Sex on "Girls"

The depiction of unprotected sex on HBO's "Girls" has been criticized for sending the wrong message about how twenty-somethings should think about sex and risk. June Thomas, culture critic for Slate, and a sexual health expert talk about that message and how it compares to real life concerns about sexually transmitted disease and public health.

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