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New Yorkers and the Recession

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Yorkers talk about how the recession is affecting them and which “luxury” items they can’t live without despite the economic downturn.

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Strikers Keep Striking As Stella D'Oro Keeps Baking

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Having grown up outside of New York my early associations with Stella D'Oro were their grating ads for breadsticks, but I'm told that for anyone who lived within a couple miles of their Bronx factory, it was impossible to ignore the sweet scent of their baking. These days, the scene outside the factory is a lot gloomier: the 136 union workers who've run the factory have been on strike since August, refusing to sign on to the new contract presented to them.

(stelladorostrike2008.com)

(stelladorostrike2008.com)

Last week, when I headed out there, the temperature was in the 20s, but a crew of union members was performing its picketing duties. Now and then, that involves confronting and verbally abusing the replacement workers who are now operating the factory:

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Everyone OK after Emergency Landing at JFK

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There was an emergency landing at JFK airport this morning, but officials say there is no sign of a bird strike. American Airlines Flight 309 took off from LaGuardia, but quickly lost power in one engine and was forced to land at JFK. No one was injured. We spoke to ...

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No Place Like Home

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mary Elizabeth Williams, culture critic for The Takeaway, host of Salon.com’s Table Talk, and the author of Gimme Shelter, gives her perspective on the recent real estate bubble.

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Demand Growing at NYC Food Pantry

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

As unemployment grows, more New Yorkers are having a hard time putting food on the table. The increased need is straining the city's nearly one thousand food pantries. Eileen Markey spent an evening waiting on line at one of them, and has this story for ...

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Ask Your Mama - Revisited

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In 1960 the Harlem poet Langston Hughes attended the Newport Jazz Festival and returned home with the kernels for one of his most ambitious poems: “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz”.

The poem looks at the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement. But the ...

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Paterson Tables Unpopular Taxes

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Yorkers who download music from the internet, get haircuts, and belong to a gym have dodged potential taxes on those activities. Governor Paterson reached an agreement with state lawmakers to pull the unpopular taxes from his budget proposal, and use federal stimulus money to ...

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Paterson Says MTA's March 25th Deadline Firm

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Governor Paterson is continuing to push for quick passage of the MTA's rescue plan to avert significant service cuts and a dramatic fare increase. He insisted that the March 25th deadline set by the authority for the legislature's approval was a real one.

PATERSON: I think ...

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Crane Collapse Blamed on Workers

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A report commissioned by the city's Buildings Department blames the crane collapse that killed seven people last March on workers, who didn't use the right equipment or procedures to raise the crane. Commissioner Robert LiMandri says his inspectors would not have caught the mistakes because, ...

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Snow or Shine, Stella D'oro Workers Keep Striking

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Stella D'oro has been baking cookies, breadsticks and biscotti in the Bronx since the 1930s, but these days much of the action is outside its factory. That's where 136 workers have been staging a continuous strike since August. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The Stella ...

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Passenger Jet Made Emergency Landing at JFK

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There was an emergency landing at JFK airport this morning.

American Airlines Flight 309 took off from LaGuardia shortly after 8 o'clock this morning, but lost power in one engine and was forced to land at JFK. No injuries were reported.

Bob Machinist was a passenger on ...

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Art Show Openings: Manga & Anime, Jenny Holzer

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Two art shows opening this week look at media art -- and complex styles of communication.

First -- the world of Japanese cartoons and videos -- called "manga" and anime -- is on display at the Japan Society. The exhibition looks at 30 years of the ...

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$1.5 Billion of Stimulus Expected for NYC Transportation

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Brooklyn Bridge, subway stations and the Fulton Street Transit Center, all appear on the latest list of local projects that could receive federal stimulus money. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The list is neither complete nor final. But it gives some idea of which ...

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Bedbug Avisory Board

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In the battle against bedbugs, a possible new ally. The City Council is proposing the creation of a Bedbug Advisory Board, to help New Yorkers fight the pests. City Council speaker Christine Quinn says the board would include an entomologist, or bug scientist, and an ...

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Media Matters

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Why WBAI is in trouble, and why Murdoch bought the Brooklyn paper.

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UN to Chinese Embassy- Marching for Tibet

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tibetan protesters

Tibetan protesters

Hundreds of pro-Independence Tibetans and other supporters marched down 42nd Street from the United Nations to the Chinese embassy Tuesday. Wrapped in Tibetan flags and head bands they chanted slogans and carried black flags that read '50 years of Resistance,' in memory of the failed uprising 50 years ago that ended with the Dalai Lama fleeing in exile to India.

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Immigrants Rally At City Hall

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New York City Immigrants rally to protect services

New York City immigrants outside of City Hall Park

New York City immigrants want federal stimulus money to be used for job training and English language education. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of The New York Immigration Coalition, was one of hundreds gathered in City Hall Park Tuesday, urging government officials to keep immigrant services in next year's budget.

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BL Show Teams With Fred Mogul To Investigate Insurance Costs

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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One of the underlying goals of the Brian Lehrer Show's Uncommon Economic Indicators project is not just to gather interesting stories, ...

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Rooting for Bank Robbers

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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From heist movies in the Great Depression to 1967's 'Bonnie and Clyde' to a new film about John Dillinger, Hollywood has had a longstanding love affair with bank robbers. Leonard Lopate looks at populist ideas in a few of these movies and why, even though they're criminals, many of us end up rooting for the robbers. Film critics David Thomson and Mark Harris join Leonard to talk about 'Dog Day Afternoon' (1975), 'Bonnie and Clyde' (1967) and “The Bank Dick” (1940).

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"Please Pick Up Kids -- Gov With Prostitute"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Governor Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda Wall Spitzer stands by his side.

New Governor Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda Wall Spitzer stands by his side.

It was a warm day, I remember, and I'd just come back from grabbing a falafel outside. It was a week after the Texas and Ohio primaries, PA wasn't until late April, and I was luxuriating in what was looking like my first slow month in half a year. Ha! A few moments after getting back from lunch a message landed in my inbox with the subject line 'spitzer.'

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