The Washington Game

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Vanity Fair national editor Todd Purdum went to the West Wing to try to figure out what’s wrong with Washington. Hear about just how broken Washington is and if it’s beyond repair. Plus, primary results in CT; flood aid to Pakistan; the downside of bridging the digital divide; and caloric intake around the world.

CT Primary Results

Daniela Altimari, reporter for the Hartford Courant, discusses the outcome of the Connecticut primary elections, from Linda McMahon's victory to Dan Malloy's surprising defeat of Ned Lamont for the Democratic Governor nomination.

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What's on the NYS Ballot?

Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah, both WNYC reporters, talk about the upcoming primary votes in New York and who's on the ballot, which was released yesterday. Plus, what to make of Rangel's rant.

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Pakistani Flood Aid

Adam Ellick, New York Times correspondent in Pakistan, talks about the operations on the ground in Pakistan, the return of President Zardari to the country, and the groups offering aid during the disaster. Plus, Yousef Abdallah, Northeast Regional Manager of Islamic Relief USA, a group working with staff on the ground in Pakistan to provide aid to those displaced by the flood, discusses local efforts to supply relief to Pakistanis affected by the flood.

To donate to groups helping provide aid to Pakistanis affected by the flood, you can contact Islamic Relief USA at (888) 479-4968 or go  through their website. The EDHI Foundation is also taking donations, as is the Red Cross

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Todd Purdum on D.C. Dysfunction

Todd Purdum, national editor of Vanity Fair, went to Washington to figure out just why things are so dysfunctional. He profiles the Obama West Wing in the latest issue.

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Downside to Bridging Digital Divide?

Jacob Vigdor, professor of public policy and economics at Duke University, discusses his research that found that gaining access to computers and the internet didn't necessarily improve outcomes for students.

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What I Eat

Photojournalist Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, co-authors of What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, discuss their book and what meals tell us about people around the world.

Listeners, we want to see what you eat. Over the next two days, pick one meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner – and snap a picture of it. Send it to and tell us your name, occupation, and a brief description of what you’re eating. If you have a cell phone with a camera, you should be able to text the picture directly to us. We’ll make a slideshow of your pictures on our website and we’ll also pass them along to food expert Marion Nestle, who wrote the intro to the book “What I Eat.” She’s agreed to take a look at your meals and offer her assesment of your calorie intake.

Bon Appetite!

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