The Art of Persuasion: Renee Montagne and Freakonomics

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NPR’s Renee Montagne shares her experience reporting on the ground in Afghanistan. Then: Freakonomics hosts Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt on the art of persuasion. Plus: Gov. Christie’s spokesperson speaks before a legislative committee that’s investigating Bridgegate; and sleep teams from WNYC’s Clock Your Sleep project report back on whether their sleep strategies are helping them catch some more zzzs. 

Renee Montagne on Her Afghanistan Trip

Renee Montagne, host of NPR's Morning Edition, has made 10 reporting trips to Afghanistan in the past 12 years. She discusses her most recent trip back and her personal experiences reporting on the ground.

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Think Like A Freak: The Art of Persuasion

Logic and facts are no match for ideology - here's how to persuade people who don't want to be persuaded.

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Christie's Spokesperson Speaks

Gov. Christie's press secretary, Michael Drewniak, is the latest Christie staffer to testify before a committee investigating the lane closures on the GWB last year. Matt Katz, reporter for NJPR, shares the details of his testimony, including any surprising revelations.

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Airbnb, Casinos and Condos

WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz rounds up his latest reporting, including stories on Airbnb, which won a battle in the fight to keep its users' records private, the latest developments on casinos in upstate New York and how the crisis in Ukraine is affecting the New York City real estate market.

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Clock Your Sleep: Battle of the Zzzzs

The two-week sleep team challenge has begun. Follow along and Clock Your Sleep. The WNYC hosts leading the sleep teams are: Manoush Zomorodi, host of New Tech City and captain of sleep team Digital Detox, Brooke Gladstone, host of On the Media, PJ Vogt, associate producer of On the Media, co-creator of TLDR, and co-captain of Vice Squad and John Hockenberry, host of The Takeaway and captain of team Rock Your Routine. They report on their team's progress.

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