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Mar 5: Can the US government shut down the internet here?
Mar 5th, 2011 by Sam

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This week, the Egyptian government shut down the internet for anyone within the country.  Not only that, but Egypt disappeared from the internet from the outside.  To which media outlets did Egyptians turn to organize the protests?  How did they facilitate communications?  What about foreigners still in the country?

Could that happen in the US? Should the US government have the capability to shut it down? Who else controls the internet or the content that we have access to?

If it did shut down the internet, what alternative media outlets exist?

What, what was that legislation that Joe Lieberman proposed giving the government the authority to shut things down? Yes, he did.

Timothy Karr, Campaign Director of Free Press, will join us to talk about just how free is our press and how important it is.

To lean more:

http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=401F61EB-1A64-67EA-E49EEAA9460DD253

http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/11/02/03/will-congress-give-obama-%E2%80%98mubarak-option%E2%80%99

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/when_corporations_choose_despots_over_democracy_20110201/

Feb 12: Darwin Day! Egypt! and Valentine’s Day!
Feb 12th, 2011 by Sam

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Hey! All this in one weekend:

- Egypt: freedom, courage, and optimism
- Darwin Day: knowledge, humility, and patience
- Valentine’s Day: love, history, and greeting card companies

In case you didn’t know – Feb 12 is Charles Darwin’s Day. Let’s stop and think about all the fabulous things using science has done for us. Science is reliable (works every time), humble (admits it’s wrong when new evidence), and fun (what’s more fun than talking after breathing helium??).

Kind of like a valentine, huh?

Jan 29: Egypt(!) and How to solve the foreclosure crisis
Jan 29th, 2011 by Sam

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Guest:  David E. Kapell, founder of Kapell Real Estate & Antiques and former mayor of Greenport

Dave Kapell wrote this about the foreclosure crisis:

“THERE are many factors behind the mortgage crisis, but there is only one simple explanation for why we have failed to solve it. Any effort to help homeowners by forgiving some of their loans is said to create a moral hazard, rendering it politically toxic. But without help, homeowners continue to struggle, foreclosures continue to mount and the housing industry continues to drag down the economy.”  From Struggling Owners to Stable Renters, New York Times, January 19, 2011

So, what do we do?? We’ll talk with Dave about his modest proposal…

AND EGYPT! We’ll check in to see what we know tomorrow morning.

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To read more about Dave:

Success Is in the Grapes; From a Scruffy Past, a Winemaking Capital Emerges

Greenport Mayor Kapell learns on the job

East End mayor rehanging his shingle as broker

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