Gun Crazy

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Life-long liberal Dan Baum talks about "Happiness is a Worn Gun: My Concealed Weapon and Me", his cover story for the August issue of Harper’s Magazine, in which he makes the case for carrying a gun, just weeks after the Supreme Court expanded such rights. Plus: A social media expert on why you should embrace your online life; and how America’s collective sweet tooth may be fundamentally changing our summer vegetables. 

From Washington

President Obama is in Edison, New Jersey today promoting his effort to help small businesses. Alex Wagner, the White House correspondent for Politics Daily, discusses his small business agenda and other news out of Washington.

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MTA Proposed Fare Hikes

Matthew Schuerman, Reporter, WNYC Radio, and Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, discuss the MTA's proposal for fare hikes on buses, trains and EZ pass users (tolls).

Weigh in on the fare hikes.

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Virtually Real Life

Alexandra Samuel, director of The Social + Interactive Media Centre at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, discusses her HBR article "10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life" addressing how its time to acknowledge online life is "real" life.

How much time do you spend online?  Do you feel guilty about it, or is it just the way we live now?

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Left-Wing and Gun-Loving

Dan Baum, a contributor to Harper's Magazine, talks about his cover story in the August issue, "Happiness is a Worn Gun: My Concealed Weapon and Me."

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Ellsberg's Take

Daniel Ellsberg, activist and subject of the film The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, weighs in on the significance of the Afghanistan WikiLeaks documents. Then, David Carr, media columnist for the business section of the New York Times, offers media analysis of the WikiLeaks leak and talks about what it says about newspapers.

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Summer Corn

Roger Sherman, a corn enthusiast, documentary filmmaker, and author of the Atlantic's essay "How Did Corn Get So Sweet?", talks about the changing tastes of corn and how his favorite summer vegetable is becoming sweeter but has less flavor.

Are there other fruits and vegetables you've noticed getting sweeter? Do you think there's a backlash to the sugary food trend? Leave your comment here!

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