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A Look Ahead at News and Events for 2011

Monday, December 27, 2010

As 2010 winds down, we're getting predictions for what the world will look like in 2011. All week long, we'll be talking with writers, critics, and big thinkers about topics ranging from politics to population, conflict and culture. We speak with Daniel Franklin, executive editor of the Economist and editor of the feature, “The World in 2011,” along with Joanne Lipmann, founding editor-in-cheif of Portfolio Magazine.

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Top of the Hour: Your Weather Report, Morning Headlines

Monday, December 27, 2010

If you're on the way in to work, you're one of a very few people braving the commute this morning — the continuing snow storm in the American Northeast is still dumping and blowing snow, shutting down trains and stranding travellers.

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Congress Convenes Without a Kennedy For the First Time in Nearly 50 Years

Monday, December 27, 2010

When the 112th Congress convenes next week, it will be the first class of legislators in nearly fifty years that does not include a member of the Kennedy clan. From Jack to Bobby to Ted to Joseph, and finally to Patrick — who decided against running for reelection this year as representative from Rhode Island  — the Kennedys have been a mainstay in Washington D.C. for decades.

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Top of the Hour: Snow Day for the East Coast, Morning Headlines

Monday, December 27, 2010

A giant snowstorm has burried much of the East Coast with snow, from Virginia to Maine, forcing some cities to declare an emergency and leaving many without a way to get out of the house, much less to work.

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Cities, Municipal Bonds and a Potential for Disaster

Thursday, December 23, 2010

There's hope that the U.S. can pull out of this economic slump it's in, but there's a potential disaster looming for states that could derail any economic recovery. Meredith Whitney, a financial analyst famed for predicting Citigroup's major debt fallout, made a new dire prediction.  She believes up to 100 U.S. cities could default on their municipal bonds. 

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New GDP Numbers: Improvement, Not A Christmas Miracle

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Commerce Department has revised numbers reflecting how much the economy grew last summer, moving the GDP up from 2.5 to 2.6 percent. Economists are hailing the change as good news, but not great news. Many had hoped that the growth would reach as high as 3 percent. Is this a cause to backtrack on recent optimism, or still cautious progression on the economy? Economics editor for The Takeaway Charlie Herman joins us for more on the subject. 

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Postcard From the American Decade

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We've been asking people for their own U.S. Census information. Nathaniel Friedman, founder of Freedarko.com and co-author of the "Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History," was prepared to give us his take on the last decade with plenty of snark, but looking at some of the data took the edge off his commentary. What was Friedman's postcard to us on the 2010 Census?

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Top of the Hour: Dream Act Doomed, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Many have been celebrating the lame duck Congress's capability for getting a few last liberal agenda items done: repealing "don't ask, don't tell," among the big news. But one big bill never made it...the Dream Act.  

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70th Birthday of Icon Frank Zappa

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A challenging musician who fought for music's freedom and started his own record label rather than bend to the will of others, Frank Zappa would have turned 70 today. He was one of the most technically versatile players in rock music, gaining the respect and sometimes the contribution of monster jazz players even as he crafted weird, loud rock 'n' roll with bizzare lyrical themes. Zappa also stood up against those who argued for censorship of music, even appearing on a contentious episode of CNN's "Crossfire." We celebrate all of the things Zappa was with some of the memorable clips from his lifetime. 

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Census Data Will Adjust Political Landscape

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Data from the 2010 census will be released today, and the results could help give Republicans more seats in the House of Representatives.  For each state, the census data will confirm the total and regional populations, and indicate whether the state will gain or lose representation in the House. At this point, the GOP looks poised to pick up seats in several states.

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Top of the Hour: Census Tracks Large Population Movements, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Shifting populations detailed in new Census data also hint at political changes and a different future for some states. As Americans change the location of their homes, the lines of districting also change — and that may be good news for Republicans. 

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This Week's Agenda: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Repeal, START Agreement, Net Neutrality

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Senate voted to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," over the weekend. The law, enacted 17 years ago by President Bill Clinton, allowed gays to serve in the military, as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, looks at what's next for the repeal. Meanwhile, a number of economic indicators come out this week, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at the upcoming third quarter GDP numbers due out Wednesday, along with existing home sales numbers, and new home sales numbers on Thursday.

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Rising Oil Prices: A Sign of Recovery or Economic Trouble?

Monday, December 20, 2010

After Congress passed the tax cut package last week, the price of oil went up — a sign that traders may be counting on higher demand for gasoline, home heating oil and other commodities as the economy recovers. But is spending more money on gas really the way to boost a fragile economy?

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Haitians Face Uncertain Future as US Suspends Special Immigration Status

Monday, December 20, 2010

Beginning next month, the U.S. government will end the special immigration status granted to certain Haitians left homeless by January's devastating earthquake. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — part of the Department of Homeland Security — says that they will only deport Haitians who had been convicted of crimes and finished serving their sentences; however, within New York's Haitian population, reaction has gone from concern to anger, as slow reconstruction coupled with a deadly cholera epidemic means an uncertain future for those forced to return home.

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US Government Expands Domestic Monitoring

Monday, December 20, 2010

A new story in The Washington Post details a vast expansion of the United States' monitoring of its citizens for the purpose of fighting domestic terrorism threats. Reportedly the largest and most technologically sophisticated system of data-gathering in U.S. History, the new apparatus uses techniques developed in wars overseas to scrutinize the activities of Americans. Dana Priest, who helped report the story, which covered several months and used over 1000 documents, joins us now to talk about the new apparatus, which is part of an exploding national security market around the country. 

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Your Take: Picking Holiday Songs

Monday, December 20, 2010

Maybe it's Handel's "Messiah," or something by Bing Crosby? Or maybe it's something less conventional, like The Ramones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)." Whatever it is, everybody's got their own pick for the best holiday song. We asked you to weigh in: What's the music you play around this time of year? Old standards, or your own distinct traditions? You had plenty of responses. 

 

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Top of the Hour: New Examination of States' Rights, Morning Headlines

Monday, December 20, 2010

There has long been wrangling in Congress over the question of federal authority versus States' Rights. But as national health care, economic stimulus funding, and other federal programs come up against detractors in local municipalities, is there a new discussion forming on the issue?  

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American Values: Freedom

Friday, December 17, 2010

We frequently hear the term “values” discussed with regard to American politics, culture and life. But what are "American values?" All week, we’re delving into this question. Yesterday we discussed home ownership. Today we wrap up our series with a look at freedom. How did freedom come to be an American Value? If we value freedom so much, why have we spent so much of our nation’s history enslaving our own people, or oppressing those in other nations? And what does Freedom mean to Americans today?

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Top of the Hour: Weak on Environmental Regulation, Morning Headlines

Friday, December 17, 2010

Were cleanup efforts and regulation adequate in the gulf before and after BP's Oil spill? It depends on who you talk to, but one thing seems clear: the debate isn't over. Just as the Justice Department opened a large case against BP for more cleanup, The New York Times released documents detailing hand-wringing in Congress over lack of safety and regulation in the Gulf before the disaster. 

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Your Take: Self-Identity as a Mixed Race American

Thursday, December 16, 2010

On Wednesday, we talked about a study published in the Social Psychology Quarterly that found bi-racial Americans of black and white descent are identifying themselves more and more simply as black. We received an overwhelming amount of responses from listeners and we share them, along with a conversation with Jared Ball, who has written a piece in BLAC Magazine discussing this very issue.

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