Voting on Syria; Scarcity; City Council Races; TV Preview

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

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John Dickerson of Slate talks about the latest from Washington on the vote for action in Syria and how the legislative ledger is developing. Plus: a close look at the competitive City Council races in the five boroughs; Eldar Shafir, co-author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much; and Matt Zoller Seitz of New York Magazine previews this Fall’s TV season.

Why Congress Should be For or Against Intervention in Syria

John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate, discusses the reasons Congress members would be for and against military action in Syria and the possible outcomes of the Congressional vote.

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City Council Races to Watch

"Down ballot," things are pretty interesting for next Tuesday's primary elections. Ben Max, editor of, discusses some of the most interesting city council races, and take your calls to tout your race. Want to make the case for why your local race is of interest? Call 212-433-9692.

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Use and Abuse of MDMA

Following the two deaths this weekend at the Electric Zoo music festival that have been linked to the use of the drug MDMA (known as molly or ecstasy) and reports of a "bad batch" of the drug, Stefanie Jones of the Drug Policy Alliance, talks about the various forms of the drug and the dangers of the drug and drug policy.

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Why Does Russia Care So Much About Syria Anyway?

Russia has been a consistent supporter of Syria, most notably threatening to veto any UN action. But why? Washington Post foreign policy blogger Max Fisher explains Putin's thinking.


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Scarcity Explains it All

Using behavioral science, Eldar Shafir, psychology and public affairs professor at Princeton University and the co-author with Sendhil Mullainathan of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much (Times Books, 2013), discusses why strategies for coping with scarcity explain the persistence of poverty, obesity, procrastination, and even loneliness.

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Fall TV Season Preview

New York Magazine TV critic, Matt Zoller Seitz discusses new TV shows, the return of beloved programs, and what there is to look forward to this season.

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