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Thursday, August 26, 2010

In the 2008 election, the Obama campaign took advantage of new technology on their way to victory, and young Democratic voters are considered to be at the cutting edge. But a new survey shows that it’s Republican lawmakers, not the Democrats, who are the most tech-savvy. Also today: meet the Republican candidates vying for Chuck Schumer’s senatorial seat. And, finding a good young-adult read.

Who Made It to the Top?

Maura Walz, reporter at Gotham, and Lisa Fleisher, statehouse bureau reporter for the Star-Ledger, discuss why New York will get $700 million in federal "Race to the Top" education funds, while New Jersey lost out.

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The NYPD Tapes Cont'd

Graham Rayman, staff writer for the Village Voice, continues his reports on the NYPD and whether officers were told to distort crime statistics.

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Book Futures: The Young Adult Market

In the fourth and final installment of our series on the future of books and the publishing industry, Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch, discusses the growth in the young adult market.

We're coming up with a young adult reading list. Make your suggestions! 

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U.S. Senate: Which Party is the Most Tech-Savvy?

Scott Galloway, clinical associate professor at the NYU Stern School of Business and founder of, surveyed U.S. senators on their digital literacy and the Republicans came out ahead.

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Republican Senate Primary: Meet the Candidates (Schumer Seat)

Gary Berntsen and Jay Townsend, U.S. Senate candidates looking to oppose Senator Schumer in the general election, discuss the campaign for the Republican nomination.

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Open Phones: Mental Downtime

According to a New York Times article from Tuesday, the constant data streams from both business and pleasure are taxing our minds too heavily.  Loren Frank, a neuroscience researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, talks about his research into the necessity of mental downtime.

We also want to hear your stories about how you unplug your brain.  Do you build in time to not be gathering information? And if you took a vacation this summer - or an even longer break from all that information - did you unplug?  Did you notice a difference when you came back?

Give us a call, or post below!

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Listener Suggestions: Young Adult Reading List

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's August weekly series, Book Futures, on the future of the publishing industry with Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch, we asked you to help us make a reading list for young adults. Here are your suggestions!

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