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Monday, May 17, 2010

We start off with an update on the federal bailouts of the struggling mortgage finance giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Then we’ll look at how some countries around the world have combined authoritarian government with a free-market economic system. Also two-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs performs live! And Thomas Chatterton Williams gives an account of being drawn into the hip-hop culture and how his father pulled him out of it. Plus, we’ll examine the Obama Administration's new national security positions...and why they are so controversial.

Lending a Hand to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Wall Street Journal reporter Nick Timiraos explains what’s happened to the government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since the fall of 2008, and why they continue to be so troubled.

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The End of the Free Market

Ian Bremmer details the growing phenomenon of state capitalism, a trend that he believes threatens America's competitive edge and the conduct of free markets everywhere.

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Billy Childs

Two-time Grammy-winning pianist composer Billy Childs performs live and talks about his latest album “Autumn: In Moving Pictures—Jazz Chamber Music Volume 2.”

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Losing My Cool

Thomas Chatterton Williams gives an account of being drawn in to hip-hop culture and how his father drew him out again. 

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Miranda’s “New Look”

The Obama Administration has said it wants to put possible limitations on Miranda rights given to suspected terrorists, including US citizens. We’ll find out what that might mean.

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Leonard's Questions: Billy Childs

Billy Childs stopped by our studios to tell Leonard Lopate about his newest album - and share some of his favorite picks with us.

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