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This edition: Syria Endgame

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 17, 2012.

First aired: December 19, 2012.

As 2012 draws to a close, we re-assess the Arab Spring and discuss U.S. intervention in Syria and relations with Iran. Joining us are: Leslie Gelb, former New York Times columnist and assistant secretary of state in the Carter administration, and now, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations; Ervand Abrahamian, distinguished professor of Iranian and Middle Eastern history and politics at Baruch College; and Syrian human rights activist, Ammar Abdulhamid, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and founder of the Tharwa Foundation.

Next, we look at the underwhelming lack of diversity in children’s reading with a focus on books with Latino characters. Here to explain the importance of books that both reflect and expand your child’s world is Mariana Souto-Manning, an associate professor at Columbia University’s Teacher’s C
ollege and, get book recommendations for your holiday shopping list from Aurora Anaya-Cerda, owner of a brand new bookstore in East Harlem, La Casa Azul.

And finally, are you an Apple or an Android? What tech-toys are you buying this season—and what mistakes are you making? We find out from a favorite guest, Peter Rojas. He’s been behind some of the most well-known tech review sites like Engadget, Gizmodo and now, as co-founder of the social networking site, GDGT.com.

Guest List

Ammar Abdulhamid SYRIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, FELLOW, FOUNDATION FOR DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES.

Ervand Abrahamian Distinguished Professor of Iranian and Middle Eastern History and Politics, Baruch College/CUNY

Aurora Anaya-Cerda Owner, La Casa Azul Bookstore

Leslie Gelb President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations

Peter Rojas Co-founder, gdgt.com

Mariana Souto-Manning Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum & Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University

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