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February 21st Show

by Sarah Handel
Feb 21, 2011

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What's At Stake For The Public Sector

Monday marks the seventh day of protests in Madison, Wisconsin against Gov. Scott Walker's plan to increase health care and pension contributions from state workers and eliminate most of their collective bargaining rights. Similar proposals have been floated in states from Ohio to Arizona and beyond, as states look for ways to cut multi-billion dollar deficits. Neal Conan talks with Steven Greenhouse of The New York Times, Sen. Keith Faber of Ohio's 12th District and University of California Berkeley Professor Robert Reich about what's at stake state budget planners and for public sector employees.

Oscar Docs: 'Waste Land'

As the old adage goes, "one man's trash is another man's treasure." In the Oscar-nominated film Waste Land, director Lucy Walker brings that saying to life. The film tells the story of pickers at the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho in Brazil. The catadores wade through the 7,000 tons of garbage that arrive each day, in search of recyclable materials that they sell to earn a living. In the film, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz works with a handful of pickers to create art projects from the garbage they collect, that are then sold to help the community. Host Neal Conan talks with Walker about the film, the transformative power of art, and the final days leading up to the Academy Awards.

Violence In Libya

The son of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi promised that his country will fight "until the last bullet" to prevent pro-democracy protesters from overthrowing the government. Reports vary on the numbers of protesters killed by government forces, but many are dead in what is the bloodiest crackdown of any Arab country against the wave of protests. And masses of demonstrators continue to flood the streets. The North African country, which sits between Tunisia and Egypt, has been ruled by Col. Gaddafi since he assumed power in a 1969 coup. NPR senior foreign editor Loren Jenkins joins Neal Conan to explain what's happening in Libya, and why it's so difficult to get accurate information.

Op-Ed: Pro-Choice Movement Must Make Changes

It's been nearly forty years since the Supreme Court ruled that women have a right to decide to have an abortion. In that time, advances in fetal medicine have dramatically changed the debate. In yesterday's Washington Post, abortion rights activist Frances Kissling argues that because of these advances, abortion opponents "use increasingly sophisticated arguments" while supporters of abortion rights have barely changed their approach — and now "risk all the gains we've made." On today's Opinion Page host Neal Conan talks with Frances Kissling about why she believes the abortion rights movement must adapt to survive.

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