What’s Under LaHood

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON - JULY 27: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood climbs inside a new Buick crossover vehicle during an event to kick off the Car Allowance Rebate System, or 'Cash for Clunkers' program Ray LaHood (Win McNamee/Getty)

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Ray LaHood thinks that New York has some things to teach the rest of the country about transportation.  Plus, Ben Zimmer of the New York Times Magazine talks about a few of his favorite words, including “Cool” and “Social”; monthly guest Baratunde Thurston on the American identity being created in Facebook; and a final reading of the want ads.

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Ray LaHood's Transportation Nation

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Ray LaHood discusses the Obama Administration's transportation policy and how to integrate bicycle and pedestrian interests.

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Making BP Pay

What price should BP pay for the ongoing oil disaster?  Dan Gross, senior editor at Newsweek and Slate columnist, previews the president's news conference on the oil spill.  In his most recent column he asks for ideas of how best to punish or incentivize companies to adhere to better safety standards.  Tell us your idea!

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Baratunde's World: Goodbye to Facebook?

May's weekly guest is Baratunde Thurston - comedian, politics watcher, and web editor for The OnionHe offers his take on the latest news, the media world, and American identity in 2010. This week: Facebook wants to know everything.

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Word Play

Linguist, lexicographer and the new "On Language" columnist for the New York Times Magazine Ben Zimmer talks about the latest in language.

→ Contest! How can you use today's buzz phrase "Top Kill" in a sentence?

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The Classifieds: Part-Time Nanny

Judith Gerberg, president of the Career Counselors Consortium who also has had a private career counseling practice in Manhattan since 1985, will give advice for job seekers on how to put your best foot forward to get that job.

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