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Friday, August 02, 2013

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Russia Grants Snowden Asylum Despite U.S. Demands | Should Detroit Get a Bailout? | Paul Schrader On His Controversial New Film, "The Canyons" | Should The Severely Mental Ill Be Forced to Receive Treatment? | New Movie Releases of the Week: The Canyons & 2 Guns

Russia Grants Snowden Asylum Despite U.S. Demands

NSA leaker Ed Snowden has finally found freedom for the next year. Russia granted the leaker asylum yesterday, souring relations with the U.S. The Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Andrew Weiss, has some ideas for a diplomatic solution. Steve Myers, New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief, explains the response on the ground.

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In July, Economy Added 162,000 Jobs, Unemployment Ticks Down to 7.4%

So far, 2013 has proved a strong year in terms of the economic recovery, with the economy steadily adding just around 200,000 jobs each month. Today’s much-anticipated monthly jobs report continued that streak. The economy added 162,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.4 percent. Charlie Herman, Business and Economics Editor for WNYC Radio, joins us to discuss the latest figures.

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Should Detroit Get a Bailout?

Congress has stuck by its promise not to bail out Detroit in the wake of its bankruptcy filing. It’s a position that has Dan Kildee, a Democratic Congressman from Flint, Michigan, infuriated. The federal government has spent more than $700 billion bailing out banks and the auto industry. So, he asks, why can’t it bail out Detroit? 

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"Fabulous Fab" Found Liable of Civil Securities Fraud

"Fabulous Fab" Fabrice Tourre has been cast into the spotlight once again. Yesterday, he was found liable of civil securities fraud. New York Times DealBook reporter Michael de La Merced joins us from the New York Times newsroom with more on the case and its "fabulous" frontman. 

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New Movie Releases of the Week: The Canyons & 2 Guns

Lindsay Lohan, Pornstars, Denzel and Marky Mark. That's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. The new films "The Canyons"and "Guns 2" are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.

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Paul Schrader On His Controversial New Film, "The Canyons"

Paul Schrader, the screenwriter famous for “Taxi Driver,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and many other films, is attracting attention for his newest film, in limited release this Friday, called “The Canyons.” Starring Lindsay Lohan and porn superstar James Deen, it was written by Bret Easton Ellis and funded with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.

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Should The Severely Mentally Ill Be Forced to Receive Treatment?

A New York State law has caused a fair share of controversy because it forces some severely mentally ill to undergo treatment. On today's show, we hear from Dr. Paul Appelbaum, director of the division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia University’s medical school and Margaret, whose son has been forced into assisted outpatient treatment under the law.

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