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Friday, April 23, 2010

President Obama appears on a television screen over the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at midday as he gives a speech about Wall Street financial reform in Lower Manhattan. (Getty Images)

President Obama is trying to get Wall Street bankers on board with his financial reform effort. Hear Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute argue that the president’s proposal doesn’t go far enough in regulating banks. Plus, social psychologist Claude Steele explains how even the threat of being stereotyped has wide-ranging negative effects; myths about bilingualism; and adding new elements to the periodic table.

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Regulating Wall Street

Nicole Gelinas, a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington, argues - somewhat counter intuitively - that President Obama's proposal to reign in Wall Street doesn't go far enough. Hear her make her case for even stricter bank reform.  Also joining the discussion is Harry Moroz, research associate with the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, who says finanical reform will strengthen New York's economy.

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What Does it Mean to be Bilingual?

It's estimated that nearly half the world's population live their lives speaking two or more languages, but author François Grosjean believes many myths about bilingualism still persist. Are all bilinguals part of two cultures? Can you only become bilingual as a child? He takes a closer look at these questions and more from his new book, Bilingual: Life and Reality.

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The Danger in Stereotypes

Claude Steele, social psychologist and author of Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, explains why what's called "stereotype threat" can affect psychological and emotional health, even absent blatant discrimination.

Do you find yourself changing your behavior to avoid confirming a negative stereotype about your race, class, gender, age, etc...? How does 'stereotype threat' manifest in your experience? Tell us about it!

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Elemental Design

Popular Science columnist and element collector Theodore Gray talks about the latest entry on the periodic table and more from his book, The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe.

Visit The Elements website and play "spell with the elements." 

What do you think we should call the new element 117, temporarily called Ununseptium? Propose a name!

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