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November Home Foreclosures: Behind the Numbers

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Over the past two years, we’ve been told to expect a silver lining to the housing crisis.  At a first glance, the release of tomorrow’s foreclosure numbers should add to that optimism, as analysts expect the number of new foreclosures to drop dramatically.  But does that mean we’ve truly passed the worst moments of the housing crisis?

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Top of the Hour: Foreclosures Killing Neighborhoods, Morning Headlines

Thursday, December 16, 2010

As foreclosures continue around the country, neighborhoods — and the important social fabric they create in communities — are taking a hit. 

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Top of the Hour: Identifying Race, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A new study out suggests people with mixed race backgrounds now identify themselves as black more often than white. If you have a mixed race background, which box do you check?

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Census Releases Eleven Billion Bits of Information

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau released over 11 billion pieces of information today, giving a window into the socio-economic tapestry of America. What will we learn about how the country has been changing in the last decade? Some of the major takeaways: The Latino population of the U.S. is growing fast (but not so much in border states), the country's middle is emptying out, and the area around Washington, D.C. is home to some of the most affluent. Florida State University demographer Brian Stults joins the show to tell us more about the information being released.

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The Life and Times of Actress Leslie Caron

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Long-time actress Leslie Caron has been nominated for two Academy Awards and has danced on stage with the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astair and Mikhail Baryshnikov. In her new memoir, "Thank Heaven," she retells the stories of her many acting roles and of her dramatic life living in New York and Paris. Caron, who turns 80 years old next year, was born in Paris and known then as the "little French girl."

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: Not Bon Jovi...Neil Diamond!?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Today around the office, the debate raged over this year's inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Alice Cooper? Of course; the dude's rock credentials are as solid as his knowledge of Milwaukee. Even Tom Waits, who host John Hockenberry characterized as more of a beat poet, has enough edginess and bombast as a performer to deserve rock star status. Other inductees on the list included New Orleans veteran Dr. John, singer Darlene Love, and Leon Russell

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Richard Holbrooke's Life and Last Words

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hours after Ambassador Richard Holbrooke died, it was widely reported that his last words, spoken to his surgeon, were, "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." Many heard these words as striking, epitomizing Holbrooke's life-long dedication to foreign policy and diplomacy.

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FCC Says Most American Broadband Connections ... Aren't

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A report issued yesterday by the FCC says that most of the connections sold to Americans as "broadband" are actually too slow to qualify for the name. Rick Karr is a correspondent for PBS's "Need to Know." He speaks with us about why American broadband connections are lagging so badly behind those found in the rest of the world.

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Virginia Judge Rules Health Care Law Unconstitutional

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

District courts across the country are passing judgement on the Obama administration's health care reform legislation. Yesterday Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled the "individual mandate," that requires everyone to purchase health insurance, was unconstitutional. He says the government overstretched its powers under the Constitution's "Commerce Clause," which allows Congress to regulate individual conduct that affects the economy. Judge Hudson's ruling opens up the debate further, but how will it play in higher courts? 

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The Future of the RNC Chair Michael Steele

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On a conference call with members of the Republican National Committee last night, Michael Steele ended several months of speculation and announced he will run again for chair of the RNC. His term as chairman has been marked by personal gaffes, attacks from prominent Republicans calling for his head, but also significant GOP pickups in both houses of Congress.

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Senate Passes Tax Cut Deal

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The White House/GOP deal to extend both the across-the-board Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits passed the Senate yesterday. Next stop: the House of Representatives. But unlike the Senate, the House's members on both sides are further out on the fringes, making a "yea" vote for the deal more difficult to garner. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to look ahead at the wrangling to come.

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Your Take: The 'No Labels' Movement

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Yesterday we covered the launch of the new "No Labels" movement, which endeavors to leave partisan labels behind in search of common ground in the middle. Is it possible to fulfill the goals of "No Labels," and actually move forward on certain policy points? You had a lot to say on the subject online.  

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American Values: Family

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

We frequently hear the term “values” discussed with regard to American politics, culture and life. But what are "American values," exactly? All week, we’re delving into this question. Yesterday, we discussed reinvention. And today, we’re looking at family: how we came to use the terms “family values” and “American values” interchangeably, and the moving target of what Americans actually consider a family.

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Top of the Hour: Judge Hudson Rules Against Health Care, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Virginia judge Henry E. Hudson ruled yesterday that the insurance mandate in the new health care legislation was unconstitutional. But President Obama seems unflappable in the face of the decision. Why? 

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US Guns Used in Mexican Drug Crimes Growing

Monday, December 13, 2010

More and more guns used in drug-related crimes in Mexico are coming from U.S. dealers, according to a year-long investigation by The Washington Post. Many of the weapons are travelling south through the Texas city of Huston. But due to a law passed by Congress in 2003, the identities of the dealers selling the weapons are protected even as weapons they've sold show up at the scenes of violent crimes committed by drug cartels. For more on the story we're joined by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who co-wrote today's investigative piece, Jame Grimaldi.  

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The Year in Twitter Trends: From #GulfOilSpill to #InHighSchool and #Iran

Monday, December 13, 2010

Over the past year, one good way to understand what people in the world are talking about has been to follow the trending topics on Twitter, usually preceded by a hashtag (#). From movies, to revolutions and natural disasters — love it or hate it — Twitter helped the world understand its own conversations in 2010. We take a look at some of the trending topics of the year.  

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Carrie Fisher on Sobriety

Monday, December 13, 2010

Carrie Fisher's not necessarily an expert on sobriety — her own struggles with alcohol abuse are explored in her one-woman show "Wishful Drinking." But as a recovering alcoholic, she does have plenty of insight on the topic. We'll speak with her later in the show, but the actress and writer gives us a few choice insights on sobriety in the meantime. 

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American Values: Reinvention

Monday, December 13, 2010

We frequently hear the term “values” discussed with regard to American politics, culture and life. But what are "American values?"

This whole week, we’ll be delving into that question. We're talking with experts and real people, both, and we’d love to hear from you as well: What do you consider to be "American values?"

We’re kicking off the series today with Toby Miller, a British-Australian-US interdisciplinary social scientist and author of “Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention.”

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Top of the Hour: American Reinvention, Morning Headlines

Monday, December 13, 2010

Americans love reinvention. It's part of the American ideal, the idea that you can be anyone you want to be in a free country, even if you change your mind about who exactly that is.

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Top of the Hour: Derivatives All Grown Up, Morning Headlines

Monday, December 13, 2010

Derivatives have long been a part of the financial system, but they aren't what they used to be — and they're a lot more complicated.

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