There Has Been Blood

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Friday, August 13, 2010


Author Tom Zoellner discusses the history and politics of blood diamonds, their involvement in Charles Taylor’s trial and recent related U.S. legislation. Plus: the debate over the rights of children of illegal immigrants; what helps products stay popular; and nutritionist Marion Nestle counts the calories in your lunch.

The Economy on Friday the 13th

WNYC business and economics editor Charles Herman looks at the good, and the scary, economic news. And Sharon Terlep, a reporter covering the auto industry for The Wall Street Journal, talks about the change in leadership at G.M.

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A Backgrounder on Blood Diamonds

Tom Zoellner, author of The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire, talks about the history and politics of blood diamonds, their involvement in Charles Taylor's trial, and the recent US legislation to regulate conflict minerals.

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What's Popular

Hugo Lindgren, executive editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses the most popular products, and what makes them most likely to hold strong or fade away.

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Children of Undocumented Immigrants

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the debate heating up about what rights children of undocumented immigrants should have.

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What You Eat

Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and the author of What to Eat, estimates calorie counts based on crowd-sourced photos of meals, and discusses how our perception how healthy our food is matches reality.

Below, check out the variety of meal photos submitted by our listeners! (Note that we received LOTS of submissions, and will upload them asap. Thanks for your patience!)

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Following Up: Digital Education, and "Slaterisms"

It's not just Friday, it's "Follow-Up Friday"! Mark Malaspina, the Chief Officer of Operations & Strategic Partnerships at Computers for Youth, follows up on a story about broadband access to disadvantaged areas by discussing his organization's efforts to help low-income children perform better in school and how they can leverage technology to improve their learning environment at home. Then, Ben Zimmer, "On Language" columnist for the New York Times, discusses the various phrases that have come into the lexicon as a result of flight attendant Steven Slater's quitting-by-emergency-slide.

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