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Viral Acharya is an economics professor at New York University.
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A house, like this one in Miami, represents a part of the American dream. But should the government help people attain it?
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Henry Cisneros is executive chairman of CityView and former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton.
Say you own a house in Gainesville, Fla., or St. Paul, Minn. It cost you $172,000 — that's the median sales price of a single family home in the United States. You put 20 percent down when you bought the house, and you're able to make your monthly payments — but just barely. This property is your little slice of the American dream.
Now what if someone tells you the plan is to raise your interest rate, cut your house value and eliminate the tax deduction you get for mortgage interest?
President John F. Kennedy is one of many figures Nassir Ghaemi cites in his argument for a link between leadership and madness.
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According to Nassir Ghaemi, Franklin D. Roosevelt is one of several World War II leaders who seem to have been mentally ill or "abnormal."
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Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi attempted suicide as children.
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Nassir Ghaemi teaches psychiatry and pharmacology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
If you think about the challenges facing the men and women running for president, you might think about travel, long hours, endless public scrutiny and complete erosion of privacy. The reward that waits after victory is more pressure: a huge weight of responsibility. It's hard not to wonder who would actually want that job.
The "West Memphis Three" — the men convicted of killing three young boys in West Memphis, Ark. — were freed Friday. Guest host Laura Sullivan talks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about how the odd legal maneuver that led to their freedom and about the week's other big stories.
Rebel forces in Libya captured the key tactical city of Zawiyah on Saturday and fighting has reportedly broken out in the capital city of Tripoli. Host Laura Sullivan speaks with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro from Zawiyah as the rebels close in on Col. Moammar Gadhafi.