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Bob Holman: Master of all things poetry

Monday, March 31, 2008

Poetry Czar, Dean of the Scene—Bob Holman has been dubbed with more poet titles than he can count on one hand. The award-winning, prolific re-creator of poetry already brought together all kinds of famed poets and personalities for the anthology United States of Poetry. Now he’s working on the World ...

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Bell Shooting Victim Takes the Stand

Monday, March 31, 2008

A star witness in the trial of the three officers who fatally shot Sean Bell took the stand today. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the testimony of Trent Benefield, who was shot three times that night.

Trent Benefield said he had no idea who walked up to the car he ...

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Mets, Yankees Begin Seasons

Monday, March 31, 2008

Baseball returns to Yankee Stadium today for one more year, as the Yankees open their season against the Blue Jays. The Mets start 2008 on the road in Florida.

Both teams begin this season with something to prove.

WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more.

The Yankees come into this season with new leadership, both ...

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N.J. Farmers Protest Gov. Corzine

Monday, March 31, 2008

New Jersey farmers are fighting Gov. Jon Corzine's proposal to get rid of the state's Agriculture Department.

The administration says the move would save the Garden State $4 million, but critics say it would chase away farmers.

They're planning a protest at the Statehouse tomorrow, featuring farm equipment and animals.

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The Latest from Albany...

Monday, March 31, 2008

After a seemingly endless stream of scandals divided Albany, state lawmakers spent the weekend working together towards compromise.

The state's budget deadline is midnight tonight and some say that achieving an on-time budget could give the new Paterson administration a boost.

Karen DeWitt joins us now from Albany to give us the ...

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State Budget Goes Down to the Wire

Monday, March 31, 2008

Gov. David Paterson and state lawmakers are racing toward the April 1 deadline for the state budget, printing bills and holding nearly round the clock meetings. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

Not all of the details in the new budget have been nailed down or publicly released. But it's expected to ...

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The Ailey Marks 50 Years

Monday, March 31, 2008

It was 50 years ago yesterday that a group of dancers who eventually became the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater took the stage for the first time.

Yesterday morning, Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church honored the anniversary. The choir sang as dancers from the congregation performed a selection from Ailey, titled “Revelations.”

Judith ...

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City Council Committee Approves Congestion Pricing Proposal

Monday, March 31, 2008

A city council committee has approved the mayor's proposal to charge drivers an 8 dollar fee to enter Manhattan below 60th Street, by a 6 to three vote. It now goes to the full council.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman is joining us live.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn says amendments added to the congestion ...

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Paul Simon at BAM

Monday, March 31, 2008

Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Paul Simon has reinvented himself numerous times over the years. First he was half of a powerhouse, coffeehouse-style singing duo of Simon and Garfunkel. Then he was a singer of rhythmic world music. Later, he became a writer of tunes for Broadway. Today he kicks ...

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Full City Council OK's Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 31, 2008

In one of the closest votes ever the city council okayed mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal with 30 votes in favor and 20 opposed.

The vote represents a huge victory for the mayor, as well as his ally, council speaker Christine Quinn. But it is not the last word. The legislation ...

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Preview of 2008 Baseball Season

Monday, March 31, 2008

For die-hard baseball fans, it's the time of year to say, "NCAA tournament - what NCAA tournament?"

That's because the 2008 baseball season has begun. Today, the Mets and Yankees kick off their seasons. The Yankees face the Blue Jays in the Bronx and the Mets are in Florida, taking on ...

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Bruno Reacts to DA's Report on Travel Document Scandal

Saturday, March 29, 2008

State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno says the Albany District Attorney's report on the release of his travel records is proof that Gov. Eliot Spitzer lied to the public and was obsessed with doing a "political hit job" on the Republican leader.

DA David Soares has decided not to indict the ...

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City Honors Female Garbage Collectors

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The women who help rid the city of its trash are being honored. Eighty-five women were honored at the ceremony Friday — both uniformed and civilian employees — including one who's worked there for for 45 years. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more.

When you think of a sanitation worker — riding ...

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A Look at Albany DA's Report on Travel Document Scandal

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Daily News Albany columnist Bill Hammond talks to Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about David Soares' report on former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's attempt to discredit his political rival, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.

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Lawmakers Work Weekend to Complete Budget

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The state legislature is working through the weekend to try to get a budget done before the April 1 deadline. As Karen DeWitt reports, lawmakers have been distracted with the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer and the inauguration of a new governor.

Gov. David Paterson has been on the job for ...

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One Option Left for Pier 40

Friday, March 28, 2008

The controversial plan to remake Pier 40 into an entertainment complex, housing Cirque du Soleil and the Tribeca Film Festival is off the table.

The $625-million proposal by the Related Company was bitterly opposed by many neighborhood residents because of the loss of open space and playing fields.

Hudson River Trust ...

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Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz: Poet and Sassy Upstart

Friday, March 28, 2008

Boot-stomping poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz holds a record as one of the youngest poets to become a slammaster in 1998 at the age of 19, later winning the National Poetry Slam competition twice. The same year she entered the slam competitions, she began the Bowery Poetry Club’s NYC-Urbana Reading Series. ...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Programming

Friday, March 28, 2008

King’s Last March

Tavis Smiley Martin Luther King, Jr. Special
Airs April 4 at 7PM on AM 820
This anniversary event is hosted by PRI’s Tavis Smiley and taped before a live audience at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The program will feature former King colleagues, ...

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Garden Backs Out of Moynihan Plan

Friday, March 28, 2008

Madison Square Garden announced yesterday that it was giving up on a public-private partnership that was supposed to build a new Penn Station.

Instead, it will move forward with a renovation of its current facility, which was first announced four years ago.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The Garden had planned to ...

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State Encouraged to Spend on Med Schools

Friday, March 28, 2008

A blue-ribbon panel is urging New York to change how it funds one of the state’s largest industries - medical education.

About $3.5 billion are spent training some 16,000 medical residents each year.

That means about one in six of the nation’s physicians are trained in New York. It’s paid for ...

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