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Fatima Bhutto on Pakistan's Political Dynasty

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fatima Bhutto, daughter of Murtaza Bhutto and niece of Benazir Bhutto, discusses her father’s murder and the long line of tragedies in her family. Songs of Blood & Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir reveals how a family of feudal landlords became powerbrokers and politicians.

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Big Citizenship

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Alan Khazei, who founded the non-profit City Year with his friend, Michael Brown, talks about national service and social entrepreneurship. In Big Citizenship: How Pragmatic Idealism Can Bring Out the Best in America, he explores how social change could be achieved through Congress, popular movements, and motivated alliances of groups.

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Inside Iran

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Iran is viewed as a security threat that's part of the Axis of Evil, but it is also is a proud nation with a 2,500 year history of Persian poetry, art, and passion, and its complexities are often overlooked. Scott Peterson discusses Iran: from its recent internal struggles to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran—A Journey Behind the Headlines, he speaks with clerics and reformers, filmmakers and journalists, True Believers and the Westernized resisters.

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us for another installment of our series looking at the outlandish things politicians have been saying and doing lately, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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The Big Picture: California

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

With unemployment passing 12% and a state budget shortfall around $20 billion, the economic picture in California is looking bleak. On today's edition of our 2010 midterm-election series The Big Picture, Cathleen Decker, state politics editor and writer for the Los Angeles Times, and by Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, look at the crises plaguing the Golden State and candidates who want a shot at fixing them.

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Arianna Huffington on the Middle Class

Monday, September 20, 2010

Arianna Huffington discusses the plight of the middle class, why she sees it disappearing, and what it means for America. Her book Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream lays out the threats to middle-class stability: shrinking industry and fewer blue-collar jobs, a weakening education system, economic turmoil, and a loss of faith in our political system. She also addresses what can be done to restore and strengthen the middle-class.

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Sarah Palin’s Sound and Fury

Friday, September 17, 2010

Vanity Fair writer Michael Joseph Gross discusses the paradox of Sarah Palin. As the public voice grows louder, she has become increasingly secretive, walling herself off from old friends and associates, and attempting to enforce silence from those around her. Gross’s article “Sarah Palin’s Sound and Fury” is in the October issue of Vanity Fair.

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Interviewing Fidel Castro

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg discusses his exclusive interview with Fidel Castro. Among the revelations from his reporting are Castro’s criticisms of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Castro’s doubts about his own behavior during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Tony Blair

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, discusses his ten years in office as Labour Party leader. He explains his decisions to go to war in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and, most controversially of all, Iraq. He shares his views on emerging power relationships and economies, and looks ahead to the changing world. His memoir A Journey: My Political Life is his firsthand account of his years in office and beyond.

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Inside Tea Party America

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kate Zernike looks inside the Tea Party movement—where it came from, what it stands for, and what it means for the future of American politics. In Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America, she shows how the Tea Party movement emerged and explains that it’s important to understand the movement to understand American politics in 2010 and beyond.

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins on foolish things politicians have said, for our series “How Did Politicals in America Get So Weird?”

Let us know some of the most outlandish things you've heard from a politician recently!

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The Big Picture: New York

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

For our weekly election series, The Big Picture 2010, WNYC's reporters Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah take a look at the elections in New York State this November and what we can expect this primary day.

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Big Girls Don’t Cry

Monday, September 13, 2010

Rebecca Traister, who covered the 2008 presidential election for Salon, explains how it was transformative for American women and for the nation. In Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, she looks at the ways the campaign sparked some of the most difficult American conversations—on gender, race, generational difference, about sexism on the left and feminism on the right: discussions crucial to improving our nation.

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This Time Is Different

Friday, September 10, 2010

Kenneth Rogoff, a Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and professor of economics at Harvard University, looks at the current recession in context of centuries of financial meltdowns. This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, written with Carmen Reinhart, shows that throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing—and recovering—their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises.

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The Big Picture 2010: Immigration

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

For the first segment of our series on the upcoming midterm election, Julia Preston, immigration correspondent for the New York Times, and Scott Wong, reporter for Politico, discuss how immigration reform is shaping the elections—from Arizona to New York.

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins is back to share some of her favorite examples of outlandish things politicians have been saying recently.

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Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress

Monday, September 06, 2010

Historian William Jelani Cobb looks at the 2008 election of Barack Obama—who won the Democratic nomination even though old-line civil rights leaders—Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, Andrew Young—all openly supported Hillary Clinton. In The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, Cobb examines America's changing political and social landscape, and a new generation of voters with priorities not shaped by the legacy of Jim Crow.

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Backstory: Citizen's United and the Midterms

Thursday, September 02, 2010

We'll look at the impact the Citizen's United ruling has had on the 2010 midterm elections so far with Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Political Decision-Making

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

How do you decide who to vote for? Is there one issue that determines which candidate you side with? Are you loyal to one party over another? Andrew Westen, professor of psychology at Emory University and the author of The Political Brain joins us in taking listeners' calls on what's influencing their vote this election season.

Call us at 212-433-9692 to tell us what influences how you vote! Or leave a comment below!

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Today is the first of our weekly series with New York Times columnist Gail Collins, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird? We'll review the dishonest, distracting or just downright silly things politicians are saying as we head into the 2010 elections.

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