Great Expectations

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Pundits have been battling to come to terms with what the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear actually is. David Carr, the media columnist for the business section of the New York Times, looks at the line between politics and comedy.  Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days focuses on the future of the MTA; a book about authors' favorite books; and the final segment on global English.


The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: Great Expectations?

David Carr, media columnist for the business section of the New York Times, talks about tomorrow's rally, what to expect, and looks at the line between politics and comedy.

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30 Issues: The MTA

Gene Russianoff, staff attorney at the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, and Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, talk about what the elections might mean for the MTA.

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Midterms and Beyond

John Heilemann, national political columnist for New York Magazine and co-author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, looks ahead to Tuesday's midterm elections and beyond to 2012.

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Bound Up with Books

Sean Manning, writer and editor of Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book discusses the book along with two of its contributors; Ed Park, a founding editor of The Believer and author of Personal Days: A Novel, and Sigrid Nuñez, author of Salvation City.

Tell us about your most cherished book!

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Global English: Future Tense

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

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

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