Obama's 2012 Win; NJ Senate Election; Internet Hate Speech

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media after meeting with Congressional leaders at the White House, March 1, 2013. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Jonathan Alter’s new book The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, tells the story of the 2012 election. He talks about that and analyzes the current news. Plus: Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League on how to fight viral hate speech on the Internet; Rutgers professor Ross Baker on the special election to fill Lautenberg’s Senate seat; and Curtis White talks about his book on the defense of arts and culture against “scientism.”     

Obama and His Enemies

Jonathan Alter, columnist for Bloomberg View, analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and the author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (Simon & Schuster, 2013), offers analysis of the news and looks back at the 2012 presidential election.

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Anti-Defamation on the Web

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and co-author, with Christopher Wolf, of Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), talks about the dark side of the web--viral hate speech--and how to combat it.

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Gov. Christie Announces Senate Election

Barbara Buono, New Jersey State Senator and Democratic candidate for Governor, reacts to Governor Christie's decision on how to handle a vacant Senate seat, plus how the new elections might influence the vote for governor.  Also, Ross Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University, explains the process to fill Senator Lautenberg's seat, and what it tells us about Governor Christie's political calculus.

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Is Science Enough?

Curtis White, novelist, essayist, English professor at Illinois State University, and author of the Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers, defends poetry and philosophy against the culture of "scientism," despite his own atheism.

Event: Curtis White in conversation with with Lewis Lapham at Melville House 145 Plymouth St. in Brooklyn (DUMBO) tonight at 7pm,


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Evaluating Arts and Gym Class Teachers

Laura Bornfreund, a senior policy analyst in the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, takes your suggestions about how to evaluate arts and gym students for the purposes of evaluating teachers.

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