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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Has President Obama betrayed his base? Arianna Huffington, then Dr. Cornel West, weigh in during this installment of the 30 Issues in 30 Days series. Plus: a look a how New York is portrayed in political ads this year; illustrator Maira Kalman on her year-long exploration of democracy; and more global English.

30 Issues: Arianna Huffington & Cornel West on Obama and His Base

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington and the author of Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream, discusses whether or not President Obama has betrayed his base.   Then, later in the show, Dr. Cornel West, University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University; co-host of Smiley & West; and author of Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir, weighs in on the topic.  Jami Floyd, broadcast journalist, legal analyst for cable and network news, and blogger at It's A Free Country, chimes in with her post on whether Obama abandoned his base.

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New York as Punching Bag

David Chen, City Hall bureau chief for The New York Times, describes how New York City has been used as a negative in campaign ads this cycle.

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Pictures from an Election

A sense of optimism after the 2008 election inspired illustrator Maira Kalman to travel around the country and create images that pay tribute to symbols of the nation's history and pursuits of happiness. She compiled the images in her new book, And the Pursuit of Happiness.

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Global English: Finance

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

We want your suggestions!  Nominate a word that should be a part of "global english" here.

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