Thanks for Listening

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The day after Thanksgiving might be a national day of shopping for some, but Dave Isay of StoryCorps wants it to be a national day of listening. He offers advice for recording the act of listening to a relative, friend or teacher. Also, New Jersey’s public advocate Ron Chen; the weatherization stimulus; and Ethan Zuckerman returns to talk about about technology and development across Africa.


Ron Chen, Dave Isay and Ethan Zuckerman

Advocating for New Jerseyans

Ronald K. Chen, New Jersey Public Advocate, discusses foreclosures, gay marriage and other issues important to the people of the state.

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Cash for Caulkers

David Leonhardt, New York Times economics columnist and staff writer for the magazine talks about the weatherization stimulus and other economic news.

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Bridging the Digital Gap

Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices and research fellow at the Berkman Center, joins us weekly in November to talk about the global impact of social media. This week: a look at how Africa portrays itself on the website Africa Knows and the debate over foreign aid.

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10-Year Slump

As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, Andy Serwer, managing editor of Fortune, asks if they were the worst yet in "The 00's: A Decade from Hell," this week's Time cover story.

Clip from President Bush's last press conference on his biggest regrets. ...

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Drum Beat

Monami Maulik, director of DRUM, Desis Rising up and Moving, talks about the group's latest effort, in conjunction with Ramzi Kassem, assistant professor of Law and director of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic at CUNY Law School, to prevent "community profiling" by law enforcement agents.

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Listening, Not Shopping

Learn how to preserve someone's story with master-listener Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, who offers how-to advice for observing the second annual National Day of Listening on November 27th.

What's the best first question to start a family conversation? Comment below.

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