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George Will

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pulitzer-prize winner George Will's passion for politics began early: he remembers Truman’s election when he was just seven years old.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Getting Real On Medicare and Social Security

Monday, September 24, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The current state of Medicare and Social Security, and how they might change. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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WNYC News

Israelis fear PM is Meddling in US Politics

Saturday, September 22, 2012

It is a taboo for Israeli leaders to give even the slightest hint of favoritism in politics in the United States, Israel's closest ally. So some Israelis are squirming over a perception that their prime minister is siding with Republican Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential race, in the belief he will take a harder line on archenemy Iran if elected.

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It's A Free Country ®

In Northern Virginia, Class and Race Dominate Election Talk

Saturday, September 22, 2012

For skeptical voters in the battleground state of Virginia, Mitt Romney’s recorded remarks at a Florida fundraiser last week were just the latest in a line of revelations that are stoking doubts about the Republican nominee.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Master and Commander-In-Chief Edition

Saturday, September 22, 2012

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists discuss Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47% of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes. On the Culture Gabfest, panelists talk about Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie The Master.

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at the Swinging Buckeye State

Friday, September 21, 2012

The BBC's Dan Damon is in Ohio this week for an in-depth look at the Midwest perspective on President Obama and Mitt Romney. This year, Ohioans are also in the midst of a contentious Senate race. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the shifting Ohio race, and looks at close Senate races across the country. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Voter ID Laws and the 2012 Election

Thursday, September 20, 2012

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court vacated a ruling earlier this summer that had upheld the state’s Voter ID law. On this week’s Backstory, Richard Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California Irvine School of Law, talks about how Pennsylvania is just the latest state where Voter ID laws are being challenged or struck down. And we’ll find out what that means for the election in November.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Auto Industry and the 2012 Election

Thursday, September 20, 2012

In 2008, we broke down the election map state-by-state. In 2012, we’re breaking it down by industry. Each week, we’ll look at a different industry that changed dramatically over the last four years and  find out how that might affect the presidential election. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times talks about the automotive industry and the continuing impact of the 2009 bailout as well as the president’s announcement that the Federal Trade Commission was moving against China, alleging that the country illegally subsidizes its auto part industry—and how all of that affects voters in states from Michigan to Missouri.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Does Free Trade Outsource Jobs?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The impact of free trade on domestic employment. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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The Takeaway

Election Season Is a Comedy Gold Mine for SNL Writer Seth Meyers

Thursday, September 20, 2012

As Saturday Night Live's head writer and host of the show's "Weekend Update" segment, Seth Meyers eagerly awaits the presidential election every four years. In 2008, his first year as head writer, Meyers and SNL alum Tina Fey co-wrote the show's award-winning parodies of Sarah Palin.

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The Takeaway

One Message for Voters, Another for Donors

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come under sharp attacks from his opponents on the left, after a video leaked this week in which Romney referred to 47 percent of Americans as "victims," who are dependent of the government.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Unions vs. Right to Work

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: A look at the role of organized labor in politics and the future of unions. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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WNYC News

Obama Talks ’47 Percent,’ as He Raises Cash in NYC

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The driving rain and tornado watch didn’t put a damper on President Barack Obama’s New York City trip. He was in town Tuesday to raise some campaign cash and tape an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Educating for Tomorrow, America U.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The future of American education at the postsecondary level. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Longform on the Issues: Jobs for Tomorrow, Jobs for Today

Monday, September 17, 2012

WNYC asked Longform to pick great stories as background reading for our 30 Issues in 30 Days series. These are stories that help illuminate and humanize the important issues this election year. Part One of 30 Issues looks at unemployment, manufacturing, the future of education, and the victims of the great recession.

For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Have an iPad? Download Longform’s app to read the latest picks.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Politics Beyond the Water's Edge

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mark Halperin, Time senior political analyst, editor-at-large, and co-author of Game Change, sets the week in politics, from the political fallout of the Middle East embassy attacks to new polling showing a consistent lead for President Obama.

Listeners: What did you learn last week about Obama and Romney's foreign policy approach? If you're an Obama supporter, are you satisfied with his reaction to the violence? If you're a Romney supporter, do you think he articulated his foreign policy effectively? Call 212-433-9692 or post below!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Educating for Tomorrow, K-12

Monday, September 17, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Comparing the candidates' public education policies, from kindergarten through high school. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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The Takeaway

White Virginians Voice Concerns Over Mitt Romney

Friday, September 14, 2012

A recent Reuters article has found that some white voters in Virginia — who generally vote Republican — have concerns about Mitt Romney's wealth and religion. These concerns may prove especially important as the typically red state has emerged as one of the election's most important swing states.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: Could Ryan Stay in Congress if Romney Loses?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Even if Mitt Romney remains “unemployed” after November, there’s a good chance Paul Ryan will still have a job in Washington come January.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Ethics of Voting

Friday, September 14, 2012

Roger Steare, business ethics consultant and the author of  Ethicability: How to Decide What's Right and Find the Courage to Do It, talks about how ethics shape the way we vote.

→Take the US 2012 Elections ethics and voting survey at www.MoralDNA.org.

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