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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Some are outraged over the recent Supreme Court ruling that protects corporate political spending. Hear why the former CEO of MetLife, Harry Kamen, thinks the ruling is as bad for corporations as it is for democracy. Plus, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Lawrence Lessig weighs in on why “Fair Elections” legislation is more important than ever. And, The Atlantic writer James Fallows on America’s future; wage theft in NYC; and artists in the office.


James Fallows, Harry Kamen and Lawrence Lessig

After The Crash

National correspondent for The Atlantic James Fallows expounds upon his cover piece for this month's issue, "How America Can Rise Again."

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Wage Theft in NYC

Many employment and labor laws are regularly and systematically violated in New York City. That's according to a new report co-authored by Annette Bernhardt, policy co-director at the National Employment Law Project. She details the new report that reveals widespread abuse. Plus, Carolina Ferrera, former retail worker and member ...

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Toyota: The Fix Is In

Toyota has announced a fix to prevent gas pedals from possibly sticking and causing cars to speed up unexpectedly, which led to a massive recall and suspension of sales. David Thomas, senior editor at, discusses what the fix is, how to get it, and what's next ...

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Fair Elections

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to remove limits on campaign spending, Congress will consider "Fair Election" legislation. Harry Kamen, former chairman and CEO of Metlife, speaks about a letter (PDF of the letter) to Congress signed by multiple CEOs asking for the legislation’s passing, ...

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Artists and Their Day Jobs

Brooklyn writer and artist Summer Pierre goes from zine to book with The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week (Perigee Trade, 2010).

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