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China's Effect On The U.S. Economy

[2015-08-27 13:00:00] Each day this week, economists have woken up and hoped for the best as they checked the news from China. This hour, we'll talk about how market volatility overseas influences our economy at home with Matthew P. Goodman, Senior Adviser for Asian Economics with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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The Nomadic Life

[2015-08-27 12:00:00] The Fulani are a nomadic people living in Mali who annually migrate across the country's dangerous savannah. Journalist Anna Badkhen embedded herself with a family of Fulani cowboys to document their centuries-old tradition. This hour, she joins us to talk about her experience, which she writes about in Walking With Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah (Riverhead Books).

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Down And Out

[2015-08-26 13:00:00] As much as 40 percent of the homeless youth population nationwide is made up of LGBTQ kids. This hour, we'll talk about why these teens are prone to homelessness – and about how little is being done to help them – with Ryan Berg, author of No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions.

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Sex and the Law

[2015-08-26 12:00:00] Laws that address birth control, gay rights and other elements of sexuality frequently lag behind cultural mores. This hour, we'll talk about the dubious history of legislating sex with human rights lawyer Eric Berkowitz, author of The Boundaries of Desire: A Century of Good Sex, Bad Laws, and Changing Identities (Beacon Press).

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Life After Rape

[2015-08-25 13:00:00] In 2009, Monika Kørra was a sophomore track star at SMU when she was abducted on her way home from a party by three men and raped. This hour, she joins us to talk about her determination to make sure her attackers were punished – and about how she rebuilt her life – which she writes about in Kill the Silence: A Survivor's Life Reclaimed.

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Following the Ivory Road

[2015-08-25 12:00:00] Poachers slaughter 30,000 African elephants each year to meet the worldwide demand for ivory. This hour, we'll talk about how GPS tracking devices are helping to crackdown on these crimes with Bryan Christy, who writes about the topic in the current issue of National Geographic magazine. A companion documentary, Warlords of Ivory, airs Sunday on the National Geographic channel.

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Incarceration Nation

[2015-08-24 13:00:00] The United States imprisons more people than China and India put together. This hour, we'll talk about how a prison stay follows convicts even after they are released with Mary D. Looman, co-author of A Country Called Prison: Mass Incarceration and the Making of a New Nation.

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New Orleans After Katrina

[2015-08-24 12:00:00] Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina blew into New Orleans, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. This hour, we'll talk about how the city preserved its vibrant culture and recovered from the disaster with Roberta Brandes Gratz, author of We're Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City (Nation Books).

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Building A Mystery

[2015-08-20 13:00:00] The novel Black-Eyed Susans (Ballantine Books) centers on a young Texas woman who was a key witness in sending a murderer to death row. Years later, as the execution approaches, new questions arise over the killer's possible innocence – and whether the real killer still lurks. This hour, we'll talk about the art of keeping readers in suspense with the book's author, Julia Heaberlin.

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The Ethical Consumer

[2015-08-20 12:00:00] Many of our everyday purchases are made without giving much thought to the businesses we're supporting. Yet the more we know about how a company operates – and even the political leanings of its C.E.O. – the more those purchases also become ethical decisions. This hour, we'll talk about how what we know about businesses affects how we spend our money with a panel of business ethics professors. Be sure to check out this recent New York Times story about the dynamics of Amazon, the inspiration for today's conversation.

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