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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

If New York’s proposed cigarette tax increase goes into effect, smokers will have to shell out more than $11 for a pack. We’ll have a call-in for smokers: could this be the final straw to help you kick the habit? Plus: reaction from Slate’s Fred Kaplan and The New Yorker’s George Packer to General McChrystal’s criticisms of the White House – and if it could result in a leadership change in Afghanistan. Also, a World Cup update with the results of today’s USA vs. Algeria match.

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New Tobacco Tax: Will it Curb Smoking?

New York is poised to have the priciest cigarretes in the country. Will it curb smoking? Kenneth Perkins, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, discusses smoking habits and addiction.

→ What's your tobacco tax price-point? How much is too much?

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Reaction to General McChrystal Speaking Out

Fred Kaplan, who writes the "War Stories" column for Slate, and George Packer, New Yorker staff writer, react to General McChrystal's criticism of the White House in a Rolling Stone profile and whether it could result in a leadership change in the military effort in Afghanistan.

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Ghost Bikes

Mary Beth Kelly, a psychotherapist and on the Board of Directors of Transportation Alternatives, talks about the now defunct proposed plan by the  Dept. of Sanitation to scrap ghost bikes throughout the city.

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Domestic Violence Law

Suzanne Goldberg, professor at Columbia Law School and director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, discusses domestic violence law and cases pertaining to domestic abuse.

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The Human Genome at Ten

Katherine Harmon, Scientific American online reporter, talks about the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Map.

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Kaplan on General McCrystal and Obama Address

President Obama is set to speak about General McChrystal and the future of U.S. military leadership in Afghanistan. Fred Kaplan, who writes the "War Stories" column for Slate, returns to discuss what to watch for.


World Cup Watercooler: USA Pulls It Out!

John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, New Sounds, and a soccer fanatic, discusses the just-concluded US soccer game, where Landon Donovan's last-minute goal sent the US through to the knockout round.

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