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Friday, July 31, 2009

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi on why he thinks Goldman Sachs is, in his words, "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity." Filmmakers Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne discuss their new movie "Lorna’s Silence." Then, the director of New York's Urban Park Rangers talks about our city's wildlife. Plus, Please Explain is all about obesity.

Goldman Sachs and the Vampire Squid

Goldman Sachs posted records profits in the second quarter of this year. Matt Taibbi, political reporter for Rolling Stone argues in "The Great American Bubble Machine" that the investment bank has been involved in every major market shift going back to the Great Depression.

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Lorna's Silence

Filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne discuss their new film, "Lorna's Silence." It tells the story of Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, who hopes to open a snack bar with her boyfriend and goes to great, and dangerous, lengths to get her citizenship papers. "Lorna's Silence" ...

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Urban Park Rangers

Sarah Aucoin, Director of the Urban Park Rangers, part of New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation, talks about the unexpectedly diverse wildlife in New York and how improving and expanding parks and green space has affected the wildlife here.

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Please Explain: Obesity

According to recent studies, about 1/3 of Americans are obese, and between 1998 and 2006, the obesity rate rose 37% in this country. Obesity-related illnesses accounted for an estimated $147 billion in 2008, nearly 10 percent of all U.S. medical spending, according to the Centers for Disease Control. On today’s ...

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