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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

What Elections in New Jersey & Virginia Say About National Politics | Analyzing Ballot Measure Votes Around the Country | Church, State & the Supreme Court | Detroit's New Mayor Inherits Host of Problems | Chrysler Revs Up to File IPO | What's a Social Network Worth? | The Woman Without A Memory, And What She Says About All of Us

What Elections in New Jersey & Virginia Say About National Politics

Around the country, voters headed back to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in mayor and gubernatorial contests and to vote on a host of ballot initiatives. Anna Sale, a reporter for WNYC, has been covering races in New York City and neighboring New Jersey. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent has been following the Virginia gubernatorial race.

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Analyzing Ballot Measure Votes Around the Country

Election Day has come and gone, and in addition to choosing mayors and governors, six states took up a total of 31 ballot measures. From Colorado to New Jersey and beyond, citizens weighed in on everything from the minimum wage, marijuana and genetically modified food. Joining The Takeaway to discuss these initiatives is Wendy Underhill, program manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Church, State & the Supreme Court

The small town of GreeceNew York is thrust into the national spotlight this week as the Supreme Court hears arguments on whether the town’s council can open its meetings with Christian prayers. Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania, examines the Greece case and the historical role of religion in public life.

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Detroit's New Mayor Inherits Host of Problems

With its list of lengthy problems, people are wondering: Who would want to be the mayor of Detroit? The city's dwindling population elected Mike Duggan, a former hospital executive known for rehabilitating troubled institutions. Quinn Klinefelter, reporter for WDET in Detroit, discusses his city's new mayor, and the long list of problems the city's new leader will inherit.

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Chrysler Revs Up to File IPO

Chrysler is a company that has recovered dramatically since the recession brought the American auto industry to near ruin. Now the company has plans to proceed with a public offering of shares before the year’s end. And for Chrysler, IPO success could be a milestone following the company’s 2009 bankruptcy. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst for Edmunds.com, a car shopping website.

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What's a Social Network Worth?

Our Twitter feeds and followers, our Facebook friend lists, our LinkedIn connection network, and what comes up in a search on us is part of our value and identity—in theory and in terms of hard cash value. What is a social network worth? And what is your own social network worth to you? Joining us to answer these questions is Josh Klein, is author of the new book “Reputation Economics: Why Who You Know Is Worth More Than What You Have.”

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The Woman Without A Memory, And What She Says About All of Us

Lonni Sue Johnson suffers from what's called profound amnesia. She can't form new memories or bring up old memories. But while her brain doesn't work the way it should, it does give us profound clues about how our brains work and can be improved. Michael Lemonick is a contributor to Time Magazine, where his piece about Johnson "The Muse of Memory" is published this week.

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