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Friday, October 10 – Friday, October 18

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Dahlia Lithwick

Richard Hoffer

Harry Holzer

Dr. Jeffrey Young

Marcus Roberts

Mark Hugo Lopez

Maryum Ali

Dr. Peter Katona

George Johnson

The U.S. Supreme Court returned from summer break with a slew of contentious political and social issues on the docket, including cases involving workplace discrimination, political redistricting, and religious freedom. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at “Slate”, joins for a preview of the cases coming before the justices this term.

Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center, parses out varied attitudes and views of identity among Latinos as we mark National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The battles between Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman in the early 1970s reflected not only their physical power and outsized personalities, but also an unsettled period for the nation. Sportswriter Richard Hoffer looks at the factors that fueled those epic fights in his new book, “Bouts of Mania: Ali, Frazier, Foreman and an America on the Ropes”.

Muhammad Ali is a larger-than-life figure known in every corner of the world. But what is he like when the spotlights are extinguished? A new documentary, “I Am Ali”, shows dimensions of the man not often seen. His daughter, Maryum Ali, joins us to discuss the film.

Unemployment is below 6 percent for the first time since mid-2008. The encouraging news was tempered by data showing that wages have remained stagnant. Harry Holzer, a former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor and a public policy professor at Georgetown University, explains the numbers.

Ebola cases in the U.S. have led to fears of a wider outbreak. Dr. Peter Katona, an expert on infectious diseases and a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA, helps us better understand the virus.

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, Dr. Jeffrey Young, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, shares his tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

Sports commentator George Johnson tells us how historically black colleges fit into college football’s new playoff system.

Pianist Marcus Roberts shows off his prowess beyond his jazz roots on “Romance, Swing, and the Blues,” a new double-CD set that introduces his 12-piece band, the Modern Jazz Generation.

Dahlia Lithwick – Supreme Court Term 2014-15

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Dahlia Lithwic

10/10/14

The U.S. Supreme Court returned from summer break with a slew of contentious political and social issues on the 2014-15 docket. The justices are scheduled to hear cases involving workplace discrimination, political redistricting and religious freedom, among many others. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at “Slate”, joins for a look at the new term.

Mark Hugo Lopez – National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Mark Hugo Lopez

10/10/14

It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, but that’s a misleading designation. The differences in heritage and culture between Latinos are as disparate as those between Europeans. Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center, parses out the varied attitudes and views of identity among Latinos.

Richard Hoffer – “Bouts of Mania”

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Richard Hoffer

10/10/14

The battles between heavyweight boxers Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman in the early 1970s reflected not only their physical power and outsized personalities, but also an unsettled period for the nation. Sportswriter Richard Hoffer looks at the factors that fueled those great ring spectacles in his new book, “Bouts of Mania: Ali, Frazier, Foreman and an America on the Ropes”.

Maryum Ali – “I Am Ali”

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Maryum Ali

10/10/14

Muhammad Ali is a larger-than-life figure known in every corner of the world. But what is he like when the spotlights are extinguished? A new documentary, “I Am Ali”, shows dimensions of the man not often seen – the introspective thinker, the playful brother, the loving husband and the father who dotes on his children. His daughter, Maryum Ali, joins us to discuss the film.

Harry Holzer – Jobless Rate at 6-Year Low

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Harry Holzer

10/10/14

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that the nation gained 248,000 jobs in September, dropping the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent. It’s the first time the jobless rate has dipped below 6 percent since mid-2008. While economists and investors were encouraged by the report, their enthusiasm was tempered by data showing that wages have remained stagnant. Harry Holzer, a former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor and a professor of public policy at Georgetown University, explains the numbers.

Dr. Peter Katona – What You Should Know About the Ebola Virus

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Dr. Peter Katona

10/10/14

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7,000 people in have contracted the Ebola virus in Africa since March. Now that the virus has reached the U.S., many Americans are worried that an Ebola epidemic is at hand. Dr. Peter Katona, an expert on infectious diseases and a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA, lays out the facts.

Dr. Jeffrey Young – “Five Things You Should Know About… Getting a Good Night’s Sleep”

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Dr. Jeffrey Young

10/10/14

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About… ”, Dr. Jeffrey Young, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, shares his tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

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George Johnson

10/10/14

Sports commentator George Johnson tells us how historically black colleges fit into college football’s new playoff system. 

Marcus Roberts – “Romance, Swing, and the Blues”

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Marcus Roberts

10/10/14

Wynton Marsalis recently described pianist Marcus Roberts as “the greatest American musician most people have never heard of”. Those who have heard of him are aware of his jazz roots, but on “Romance, Swing, and the Blues,” his new CD introducing his 12-piece band, the Modern Jazz Generation, Roberts shows off his prowess across genres.