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Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Thirty Issues in Thirty Days series continues today with a look at earmarks.  Who really benefits from them, and is reform really necessary? Plus, the twelve categories of America; and a sociological look at African-American culture.

Significant Delays

Josh Gerstein, courts and transparency reporter for, and Benjamin Weiser, Federal courthouse reporter at The New York Times, talk about yesterday's delay in the trial of Ahmed Ghailani, and what it might mean for New York and the plans to try terror cases in civilian court.

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African Americans Today

Eugene Robinson, author of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America and politics and culture columnist and associate editor at The Washington Post, explains how he sees African Americans split into distinct sociological groups.

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Patchwork Nation: Culture Beyond Red and Blue

Dante Chinni, project director of Patchwork Nation and author of Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America uses statistical information to break the country into 12 categories, such as "Boom Towns," "Tractor Communities," and "Monied Burbs". He joins us each Thursday this month.

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30 Issues Wonk Wars: Earmarks

Tad DeHaven, budget analyst at the Cato Institute; Gabriela Schneider of the open-government group the Sunlight Foundation; and Scott Lilly, senior fellow at American Progress, on why earmarks are what brings important dollars to local needs.

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Nobel Literature Prize

Daniel Alarcón, Peruvian writer and author of Lost City Radio, discusses the Nobel Prize for Literature, which Mario Vargas Llosa won today.

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Superhero for Today

Gan Golan and Erich Origen, creators of The Adventures of Unemployed Man, talk about this weekend's Comic Con and their new comic book that takes on the economic meltdown. 

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Brian Lehrer's Web Video Picks: 10/06/10

Brian Lehrer's video picks for the week of 10/06/10.

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