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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf in Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (20th Century Fox)

The Thirty Issues in Thirty Days series continues today with a look at redistricting.  The new census means new district lines and November’s elections decide who gets to draw the lines and which incumbents might lose their safe seats.  Is it time for non-partisan redistricting?  Plus, judges and politics; and Wall Street, the movie, vs. Wall Street, the reality.

How Is Your State Doing?

Lori Grange, deputy director of the Pew Center on the States, talks about the new Pew report on how residents view their state's severe budget challenges. 

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No Light at the End of the ARC Tunnel?

Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, and Zachary Fink, state house correspondent for NJN News, discuss the possibility of money intended for a New York-to-New Jersey tunnel under the Hudson being redirected to New Jersey's roads.

What do you make of these developments? Are you an NJ->NYC commuter? How would this affect your day? Let us know!

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Judges: Above the Political Fray?

As the Supreme Court starts a new term, Keith Bybee, Syracuse University College of Law professor and the author of All Judges Are Political—Except When They Are Not:Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law, looks at what defines judicial "activism," and the question of political bias in the courts.

 

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30 Issues: Rational Redistricting

New York Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-The Bronx) and Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizen's Union, a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate for good government, talk about non-partisan redistricting and what, besides numbers, needs to count in the process. And, Brenda Wright, director of the Democracy Program at Demos, talks about the effect of redistricting on prisoners.

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In Vitro Nobel Prize

Robin Marantz Henig, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and author of Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution addresses the history and future of IVF treatments in light of the Nobel Prize for Medicine win yesterday.

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Context and a Movie: "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

Dana Stevens, film critic for Slate.com and co-host of their Culture Gabfest, discusses the film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," the sequel to the "greed is good" original. Also, Joe NoceraNew York Times business columnist and author of their Executive Suite blog, offers his take on "Wall Street," the movie vs. Wall Street, the reality.

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