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Thursday, September 23, 2010

wonk wars square (image from Lucy (嘉莉) on flickr/flickr)

30 Issues in 30 Days continues by examining the statement that public employees get too many benefits. Today's guests have already taken up the conversation in the Wonk Wars discussion room. Plus: a woman on death row in Virginia raises a controversy; an up close look the new maker movement; and September’s monthly guest Tamar Lewin discusses the value of a liberal arts education.

Death Row and Gender

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at, will discuss tonight's scheduled execution of a woman in Virginia. The death row inmate was sentenced to death for orchestrating the murder of her husband and stepson, and has an IQ of 72. 

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Live Coverage: Obama UN Speech and The Millennium Goals

Neil MacFarquhar, the New York Times U.N. bureau chief, discusses the United Nations this week, and discusses how to asses the Millennium Development Goals ten years on, and reacts to President Obama's remarks at this morning's general assembly.

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The Freshman Class: The Value of a BA

In the fourth installment of The Freshman Class, Tamar Lewin, a reporter for the New York Times covering higher education, talks about her recent article and the value of a BA in 2010.

Listeners: Tell us how valuable you think a liberal arts degree is in 2010.

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30 Issues Wonk Wars: Public Employee Benefits

James Parrot, Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow and author of the forthcoming book Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer, discuss today's Wonk Wars true/false statement: Public Employees Get Too Many Benefits.

Add Your Comments at the Wonk Wars Discussion Room

Maker Faire Comes to NYC

This weekend, the New York Hall of Science in Queens will host the Maker Faire. Margaret Honey, NYSCI's president and CEO, and Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire and Make magazine, talk about the event and the Maker movement.

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