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Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Farai Chideya, host of host of Pop & Politics, WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein, and TIME political columnist Joe Klein each took road trips around the country to talk to voters and politicians about the upcoming election.  All three compare notes on their journeys. Plus: Wonk Wars takes on the future of New York’s financial jobs; the future of farming goes vertical; October monthly guest Dante Chinni from Patchwork Nation continues his review of the ways Americans group themselves; and the first in a series of English words that the rest of the world has taken for their own.  

Political Road Trips

Joe Klein, political columnist for TIME Magazine, Transportation Nation's Andrea Bernstein, and Pop + Politics host Farai Chideya, reflect on their individual road trips around the US, talking to politicians and voters about the upcoming election season

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Wonk Wars: NYC's Financial Jobs

Nicole Gelinas, a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington, Greg David, director of the business and economics program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Nomi Prins, senior fellow at Demos, former investment banker and author of It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street, debate this week's True/False Wonk Wars idea: that bank reform will send jobs fleeing from New York.

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Looking Up

Dickson Despommier, professor of public health in Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University and author of The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, says vertical farms will solve the world's food and energy crises.


Patchwork Nation: Brand Identity

Each week in October, Dante Chinni, project director of Patchwork Nation and author of Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, reviews the way Americans group themselves into categories like "Boom Towns," "Tractor Communities," and "Monied Burbs."  Today, he looks at what the presence of Walmart, Starbucks, and Whole Foods stores in says about different parts of the country.

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Global English: Hello

Leslie Dunton-Downer, author of The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World, explores some of the words and phrases from other languages picked up by the world's current lingua franca.

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Brian Lehrer's Web Video Picks: 10/20/10

Brian Lehrer's video picks for the week of 10/20/10.

Be sure to tune in to Brian on CUNY TV each Wednesday at 7:30pm


Global English: Your Nominations, Please

Leslie Dunton-Downer takes listener suggestions for foreign words and phrases that should join "Global English."

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