Chemical Weapons in Syria?; Headaches; Ramapo Tensions

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Syria (Courtesy of FRONTLINE)

There are varying reports about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Justin Vogt of Foreign Affairs talks about what it could mean for US involvement in the conflict there. Plus: Amy Hall, director of social consciousness for Eileen Fisher, talks about the designer’s mission; tensions between the Hasidim and the immigrant community in Ramapo; what can be learned from Third World experiences; and one writer’s story of a never-ending headache and what she learned about that kind of pain.

Syria Update

Justin Vogt, senior editor for Foreign Affairs, talks about the U.S. response to evidence the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons and the ripple effects of the conflict there.

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Hasidim vs. the World in Ramapo

New York Magazine staff writer, Benjamin Wallace-Wells, talks about his article "Them and Them," exploring the tensions between the Hasidim and the immigrant community in Ramapo.

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Eileen Fisher: Social Consciousness and Clothing

Eileen Fisher clothing, based in Irvington, NY, includes includes a concern for human rights and the environment in its mission statements. Its director of social consciousness Amy Hall talks about the nitty gritty of producing a clothing line in keeping with those goals -- from the environmental impact of natural fibers to the treatment of workers in many garment factories.  The collapse of the building housing several clothing manufacturers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, shows what's at stake as companies try to compete in the global textile market.

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To Stop a Headache

Sallie Tisdale, writer, talks about her essay "An Uncommon Pain" and the research she did when her severe headache wouldn't go away.







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Lessons From the Developing World

Peter Blair Henry, dean of NYU's Stern School of Business and the author of  Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth  (Basic Books, 2013), says developed economies can learn a lot about economic reform from Third World experiences and should follow their own economic advice to developing economies.  Click here for a link to Ten points of D.C. Consensus.


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Open Phones: Did You Take Your Child To Work?

Yesterday was Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Did you participate? What do you think your child learned from the experience? If you remember participating as a child and visiting your mother or father's workplace, what did you take away from the day? Post a comment below, or call 212-433-WNYC.

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