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Stories of War in Ireland

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ed Moloney tells the stories of two former Irish paramilitary leaders—one republican, one loyalist—who spoke openly to him with unprecedented frankness about their roles in some of the most appalling violence of the Troubles. Voices from the Grave: Two Men’s War in Ireland, is his ground-breaking piece of historical evidence-gathering, and an account of two men’s lives and of the society in which they grew up.

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Race and America's Future

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, and Manuel Pastor, professor and director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California, discuss race and American identity. In Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, they explore race as both a dynamic facet of American identity and a major cause of American disunity.

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Underreported: New Blackwater Contracts

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Despite its long list of troubles, including federal investigations and indictments, the company formerly known as Blackwater has been awarded millions of dollars in contracts by the Obama Administration. The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, explains why.

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Eating with the Enemy

Monday, June 28, 2010

Robert Egan, a New Jersey restaurant owner, talks about how he ended up involved in the high-stakes diplomatic battles between the United States and North Korea. In Eating with the Enemy:How I Waged Peace with North Korea from My BBQ Shack in Hackensack, he describes befriending and advising the deputy ambassador to the United Nations and other North Koreans, informed for the FBI, and vexed the White House with his meddling, all in the interest of promoting peace.

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Inside ACORN

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

John Atlas goes beyond the headlines of the last Presidential campaign to describe what really happened in ACORN's massive voter registration drives, why it triggered an unrelenting attack by Fox News and the Republican Party, and how it confronted its internal divisions and scandals. In Seeds of Change:The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group, he tells the history of the organization.

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Gary Rivlin on How the Working Poor Became Big Business

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gary Rivlin describes how the flourishing poverty industry is taking advantage of deregulation to devise high-priced products to sell to the credit-hungry working poor, including the instant tax refund and the payday loan. 

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Eric Pooley on the Climate War

Monday, June 14, 2010

Eric Pooley, deputy editor of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, introduces us to the players and politics behind the battle over capping global warming pollution. In The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth he looks at the powerful interests fighting the carbon cap and how they’ve succeeded in denying climate change and delaying any possible solutions.

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Reset

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stephen Kinzer explains what he thinks the United States can do to help realize its dream of a peaceful, democratic Middle East.

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WNYC News

Obama Holds Midtown Fundraiser

Friday, May 14, 2010

President Obama headlined a midtown fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last night. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there and has this report.

REPORTER: At the St. Regis Hotel, President Obama gave a campaign style speech that was a hit with the 200 partisan attendees who ...

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Booker Wins Second Mayoral Term in Newark

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cory Booker has won a second term as mayor of Newark, handily defeating three challengers with 59 percent of the vote. Former Essex County Prosecutor Cliff Minor ran a distant second.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, the city's Web site has Booker with more than ...

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"The Oath"

Friday, May 07, 2010

Filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses her documentary “The Oath,” about the divergent paths of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, Abu Jandal, and driver, Salim Hamdan. Their intertwined personal stories shed light on a world that has confounded the West, and the film offers an unsettling glimpses of the international impact ...

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Weighty Issues

Friday, May 07, 2010

Filmmaker Laura Poitras talks about her documentary "The Oath," about Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver. It’s been 50 years since the FDA approved the birth control pill, and we’ll look at its cultural legacy. And we’ll find out about the nearly 30 minutes of long-lost footage from Fritz Lang’s ...

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WNYC News

City Settles with Countrywide for $630 Million

Friday, May 07, 2010

New York's state and city pension funds have announced a nearly $630 million settlement with Countrywide and its accounting firm KPMG.

The New York State Common Retirement Fund and five city pension funds were lead plaintiffs in a class-action suit against Countrywide, one of the country's ...

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Update: Shaping Iraq's Future

Thursday, May 06, 2010

NPR’s Baghdad Bureau Chief Quil Lawrence discusses Iraq, the disputed election there, and what lies ahead as the U.S. military prepares to start drawing down troops over the course of the summer.

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The Lindsay Years

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for the New York Times, and editor of America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, and Tom Casciato, director of the documentary "Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay Years," discuss the controversial legacy of John V. Lindsay, who became mayor of ...

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Decisive Actions

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Director Tom Casciato and New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts talk about the controversial legacy of New York Mayor John Lindsay. Then, Wes Moore, a former Rhodes scholar who discovered someone with the same name and who grew up in the same town, but whose life turned out ...

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Rosalynn Carter on the Mental Health Crisis

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter talks about her 35 years of advocacy work in the field of mental health. She describes a system that continues to fail those in need. In Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis, she gives a powerful account of a subject previously shrouded ...

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Private and Public Lives

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

On today’s show, former first lady Rosalynn Carter discusses her advocacy for the mentally ill. Then, Pam Grier talks about her life, career, and her with many memorable roles, like Jackie Brown. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley on her latest, called Private Life. Humorist Dave Barry tells terrifying tales ...

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Casino Jack

Monday, May 03, 2010

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney discusses the inside story of the corruption scandals that brought down lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He’s joined by former Ohio congressman Bob Ney, who was convicted in the prosecution of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and is featured Gibney’s latest film, "Casino Jack and the United States of ...

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Days of Wine and Scandals

Monday, May 03, 2010

Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney talks about “Casino Jack and the United States of Money,” his new film about the Abramoff scandal…we’ll also speak with former Ohio congressman Bob Ney, who was convicted as a result of the case. Then, Aldo Sohm, Sommelier at Le Bernardin, explains why Austrian ...

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