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Alana Casanova-Burgess

Alana Casanova-Burgess is a native New Yorker whose childhood was split between Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Samana peninsula in the Dominican Republic. She went (slightly) north to study at SUNY-Binghamton and stayed put to earn an M.A. from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and work as a freelance reporter. She is living the intern-turned-staff dream since starting as a graduate school intern with the show in 2010.

Alana Casanova-Burgess appears in the following:

Election Night Special Coverage Hosted by Brian Lehrer

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Brian Lehrer hosts a politics special with all the results, speeches, and analysis of what comes next for the region and the country.

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30 Issues in 30 Days 2013: Schedule and Archive

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days" looks at the key issues in the New York City mayoral and New Jersey governor's races. This year, we've grouped the conversations into focused weeks - see the (tentative) schedule below. Audio posted once a segment has taken place.

Also, join us every Friday for a #30IssuesChat on Twitter. At 2pm every Friday until election day, we'll discuss the issues that matter and use the conversation to set our 30 Issues segments the following week.

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Your Post-Sandy Questions, Answered

Thursday, November 01, 2012

We're collecting your questions about city and regional services here, and answering the ones we can.

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First Female Moderator: Men Are Given Favored Debates

Thursday, September 27, 2012

In 1992, former ABC anchor Carole Simpson became the first woman and first African American to moderate a presidential debate — the first town hall-style format. Twenty years later, she tells WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show that she’s disturbed that male moderators are still given the important debate assignments.

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Explainer: How Candidates Take on the Tax Code

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

President Obama's "Buffett Rule," requiring at least a 30 percent effective tax rate on millionaires, was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday. Here's what your tax return could look like if he—or any of the other candidates for president—has his way.

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Explainer: Herman Cain's 999 Tax Plan - Is it Really That Simple?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Herman Cain has been getting a lot of attention lately, not least for his "9-9-9" tax plan. (Not "6-6-6", as Bachmann has devilishly suggested.) He explains the plan on his website with short, sharp bullet points, but most of the fine print is still a mystery.

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Do You Travel In Red or Blue? Tell Us About The Politics of Your Summer Trips

Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Explainer: Understanding Public Matching Funds Means Following the Money

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The election that will determine the next mayor of New York City may not be for two years still, but the fundraising has already begun. As the races heat up, one huge player in New York City election financing will be the public matching funds program. But what is that program exactly?

It's A Free Country breaks down the massive undertaking that is the New York City Campaign Finance Board's public matching funds program.

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Timeline: 30 Years of Political Sex Scandals

Friday, June 10, 2011

A long history of political sex scandals precedes the recent bout of admissions. The timeline shown below lists the most prominent scandals of the past 30 years. 

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Interactive Timeline | Our Cyclical History of Immigration

Friday, May 27, 2011

Today’s fight over immigration is contentious and has the power to derail the agendas of politicians who wade into the issue. Yet federal legislation has been minimal and usually results in short-term solutions, so much so that many states have resorted to creating their own immigration-control laws.

In the past thirty years, the U.S. has gone through a rapid expansion of globalization, and cycles of economic recession and booms, which has resulted in a huge upswing in immigrants, mainly from Latin America, coming to the U.S. to find work. But the story isn't a new one.

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Tracking the Official US Statements on Egypt

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Check out the interactive timeline of subtly changing statements about Egypt by US officials.

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Cuomo's Juvenile Justice Overhaul

Friday, January 07, 2011

New Yorkers realize that this is the time to close the deal, this is the time to make sure that this system, which holds our most vulnerable young people is a system that’s worthy of the state and meets our aspirations...and [Governor Cuomo] placed it as a civil rights issue, and I think that’s absolutely right.

-- Jeremy Travers on The Brian Leher Show

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