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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Egyptian protesting in El-Etehadeya district during "June 30" protests against Mohamed Morsi. (George Nazmi Bebawi/Shutterstock)

With the primary three weeks away, voters are seeing more and more campaign ads and flyers from the mayoral contenders. We take your calls on how the candidates' messages are impacting your decision. Plus: Time's Bobby Ghosh on Egypt; City Council Member Brad Lander on unequal treatment of affordable housing tenants in luxury buildings; a new study debunks the idea of left-brain and right-brain behavior; and the words and phrases that the Chinese government blocks on the social media site Weibo.

→ Reminder: Reddit AMA with Errol Louis at 2pm Today! Will be live at this link a little before 2.

Flooded by Messaging

Over the last week, the number of TV ads, fliers, mailings and robocalls in the elections have grown significantly. Azi Paybarah, Capital New York political reporter, joins us to take stock.

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Can You Have "Separate But Equal" Affordable Housing?

Plans to have separate entrances for affordable housing and other residents of a new development have put the issue of "Inclusionary Zoning" back in the news. Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D 39 - Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Kensington) talks about the overall success and failure of affordable housing policy, and his call for mandatory inclusionary zoning.

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Weibo and the Great Firewall of China

Jason Q. Ng, 2013 Google Policy Fellow at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab and author of Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China's Version of Twitter (And Why) (New Press, August 2013), discusses his new book, which catalogues the many words and phrases censored by the Chinese government on the popular social media site Weibo.

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Should The US Still Care About Egypt?

Bobby Ghosh, TIME international editor, discusses his recent column, which questions whether the US really still has a large strategic interest in Egypt.

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Study Debunks Left-Brain, Right-Brain Theory

A new study has found no evidence to support that some people display "right-brained" or "left-brained" personality traits. Jeff Anderson, neuro-radiologist at the University of Utah and lead author of the study that just came out in PLOS ONE, explains the findings and what it changes about our understanding of how we think.

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Open Phones: Russian Olympics Protest

Russia's anti-gay laws have sparked protest around the world (including at the recent track and field championships) and calls that the US should boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics in that country. But many athletes -- even those who actively support gay rights -- say that it's not fair to deny them their dream of competing in the Olympics at the expense of making a political point. What do you think? What role do Olympic athletes have when it comes to this issue? Call 212-433-9692 or comment below.

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Brian Lehrer and Errol Louis Answer Questions on Reddit

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