THIS WEEK, The Pontificast heads for the high seas! But first, we try to make sense of the $25 billion proposed to bailout the American auto industry, and why Barack Obama is surrounding himself with a mixture of Bush and Clinton administration figures. Then we explore this week’s stream of piracy news that takes us to the coast of west Africa. NOTE: We apologize for the momentary cell phone interference. Cover your ears and we’ll remember to turn them off next time.

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The Pontificast for November 21, 2008
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Debs Francisco is a multimedia producer and staff writer at in New York; she blogs at Alisa Harris is deputy editor of Patrol. She teaches journalism at The King’s College in Manhattan. David Sessions is the editor of Patrol.

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