Rep. Engel on Syria; Five Years After Lehman Brothers; Gender Divisions at Harvard and Beyond

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Friday, September 13, 2013

A protest against U.S. military action in Syria. San Francisco, August 29, 2013. (Steve Rhodes/flickr)

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) weighs in on the debate as to the best course of U.S. action in Syria. Plus: Five years after the financial collapse, former FDIC chair Sheila Bair reflects on the state of banking; Jodi Kantor of the New York Times discusses her reporting on gender and class divisions at Harvard Business School; Andrew Bacevich on the gulf between the American public and our all-volunteer military; and how much water you actually need to drink.

Representative Engel on Syria Debate

Hon. Eliot Engel, Congressman (D-17th) representing parts of The Bronx, Westchester and Rockland counties, discusses his views on the debate over whether Congress should authorize military action in Syria.

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Five Years Later: The 2008 Financial Crisis

Five years ago today, Lehman Brothers was in the midst of a multi-billion-dollar collapse, and the world was coming to grips with the new normal of the Great Recession. Sheila Bair, former FDIC chairman and author of Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street From Itself (now out in paperback), reflects on the state of the banking system today, and what comes next.

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Gender and Class at Harvard Business School

Jodi Kantor, New York Times Washington correspondent and the author of The Obamas, discusses her reporting on efforts to level the playing field for women at Harvard Business School and the response from some readers that class divides students more than gender. She also discusses her reporting on the role of gender in the 2013 New York City mayoral primary and Christine Quinn's third-place finish.


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Uncounted Primary Votes

The NYC Board of Elections reports that there remain almost 80,000 uncounted paper ballots from Tuesday's primary election. Neal Rosenstein, government reform coordinator for NYPIRG, explains why so many voters encountered problems at the polls -- and how their votes factor into the odds of a runoff between Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio.


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Fire on the Jersey Shore

A fire ravaged the boardwalk in Seaside Heights yesterday, wiping out many businesses that had rebuilt from Hurricane Sandy less than one year ago. We get the latest on the devastation, Governor Christie's response, and take calls from area residents.

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The Right Amount of Water

The First Lady is encouraging Americans to drink water as part of her Drink Up campaign, but some in the medical community are pushing back against the idea of uniform hydration advice. Douglas J. Casa, chief operating officer of The Korey Stringer Institute, and a professor of kinesiology at the Neag School of Education at University of Connecticut, explains what is known about how much water is the right amount to drink and what listeners can do to stay hydrated.

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