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Monday, March 09, 2009

Herb Sturz, founder of the Vera Institute of Justice, is one of New York’s most overlooked social champions. Sam Roberts talks about his new book that profiles Sturz’s quest to tackle some of society’s toughest problems. Plus, Steve Coll decides to read every single word of the 407-page stimulus bill – what’s in the details?

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Steve Coll and Sam Roberts

Foreclosure Morality

An auction over the weekend put local foreclosed houses up for bidding. Juan Santana, director of homeowner services of the Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, discusses the practice. What do you think? Have you been foreclosed on? Have you purchased a foreclosed house? What ...

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Political View

Matt Towery, conservative columnist and the author of Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency (Hill Street Press, 2008), reviews recent news from Washington.

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Changing Barbie

The Mattel doll debuted 50 years ago today. Anna Vander Broek, the Forbes reporter who edited their "Barbie at 50" web project, talks about why Barbie is a doll women love to hate.

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Social Entrepreneur

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times and the author of A Kind of Genius: Herb Sturz and Society’s Toughest Problems, profiles one of the founders of the Vera Institute for Justice and explains why he thinks social entrepreneurship can help save the American ...

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Line by Line

Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation and staff writer for The New Yorker, speaks about his project to actually read the stimulus bill from start to finish. Occasionally, he will join the show to report on what he's discovered. Help Steve Coll Out! Take a ...

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Coming of Age

Paule Marshall, author of Triangular Road: A Memoir, tells her own coming-of-age story on the fiftieth anniversary of her debut novel, Brown Girl, Brownstones.

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