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Corzine on NJ Stimulus, Jobs and Marijuana

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) participates in a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, December 11, 2008. (Getty)

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) participates in a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, December 11, 2008. (Getty)

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Today in History: Muhammad Ali

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Muhammad Ali

On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay, 22, is crowned heavyweight boxing world champion after a shock win over Sonny Liston. In this later audio clip, Clay, aka, Muhammad Ali, delivers a poem about himself with his trademark modesty.

This ...

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Corzine Vows to Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Jersey governor Jon Corzine says he'll "absolutely" sign a medical marijuana bill for chronically and terminally ill patients if it gets to his desk.

Corzine told WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show that the law could be structured so patients are comfortable and there are safeguards against ...

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Mobile Spay and Neuter

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

(Spencer T Tucker)

(Spencer T Tucker)

A city-funded animal shelter has announced a deal to let low-income residents get their pets spayed and neutered for free. The Animal Care & Control Center is leasing space to the nonprofit Toby Project for $1 ...

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Today in History: W. E. B. Du Bois

Monday, February 23, 2009

Du Bois

Today is the birthday of W. E. B. Du Bois who was born February 23, 1868 and died August 27, 1963. Du Bois was an activist, author, intellectual and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He wrote many books, including The Souls of Black Folk (1903).

Below is an excerpt of a lecture, 'Socialism and the American Negro' delivered by Du Bois, to an audience in Great Hall, Madison Wisconsin Memorial Union, in 1960.

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Morning News by the Numbers

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis waves before testifying to the House Financial Services Committee. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis waves before testifying to the House Financial Services Committee. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Your daily dose of numbers ...

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Today in History: Seeger & Hayes

Friday, February 20, 2009

Seeger & Hayes

On February 20, 1941, the WNYC American Music Festival presented, 'America Tells Its Stories: Folksongs' sung by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes.


WNYC Host introduction & 'Lolly Too-Dum'

'Ain't That Bad'

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Morning News By the Numbers

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Port Authority commissioners vote today on plans for a $375 million renovation of JFK runways

A $375 million runway renovation is on the docket for JFK international airport. Port Authority commissioners are expected to approve the plan when they meet today. Photo credit: BlueBusDriver ...

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Today in History: Thomas Edison

Thursday, February 19, 2009

On February 19, 1878 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph. He later recounts his initial words on the device.

'The first words I spoke in the original phonograph, a little speech of practical poetry: 'Mary had a little lamb, its ...

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Morning News By the Numbers

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

$2.5 billion - That's how much education aid Sen. Chuck Schumer says the city will receive from the stimulus.

3 -That's how many Trump casinos will continue to operate in Atlantic City, as bankruptcy proceedings begin for Trump ...

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Morning News by the Numbers

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

bedbug

9,200 - That's how many bedbug complaints were filed through the city's 3-1-1 hotline last year. That's a 34 percent jump over the year before.

24.6 billion - How many dollars New York State stands to get in ...

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Adam Gopnik on Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about his new double biography Angels and Ages, which looks at the lives and legacies of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Both men were born 200 years ago.

You can listen to Lopate ...

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Today in History: Patrice Lumumba

Sunday, February 15, 2009

USSR commemorative stamp

USSR commemorative stamp

A riot breaks out as U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson addresses the United Nations General Assembly February 15, 1961, speaking on the death of Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.

Lumumba was the first ...

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Will Mayor Bloomberg Run as a Republican?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

WNYC's Bob Hennelly and Andrea Bernstein discuss Mayor Michael Bloomberg's re-election bid with Brian Lehrer.

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Peter Schiff: I Predicted the Economic Crisis and Here's How to Fix it

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Brian Lehrer speaks with Peter Schiff, the broker from Connecticut who predicted the economic crash. Schiff explains why he thinks the economic recovery plan is a big mistake.

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Thomas Ricks: Behind General David Petraeus's Gamble

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas E. Ricks talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about his book, The Gamble, which takes an in-depth look at General Petraeus's surge strategy and the the Iraq War from 2005 on.

You can listen to Lopate and Ricks's complete conversation ...

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Alexandra Pelosi on "Right America: Feeling Wronged"

Monday, February 09, 2009

Alexandra Pelosi talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about her new documentary Right America: Feeling Wronged. She speaks with some of the 58 million Americans who didn't celebrate the election of Barack Obama and are terrified of the new direction the country is taking.

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Snark Attack!

Monday, February 09, 2009

David Denby, the pointed but never snarky film critic for The New Yorker, talks about his new book Snark: It's Mean, It's Personal, and It's Ruining Our Conversation. Denby and Lehrer review some well-known quips and ask "Is This Snark?"

Want more? You ...

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Joe Ades, "Gentleman Peeler," Dead at 75

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Joe Ades, a familiar fixture at the Union Square Green Market where he sold Swiss vegetable peelers for $5 a pop, died Sunday. He was 75. A quick search on Flickr gives one an idea of his ubiquity.

 

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Protest Disrupts Bloomberg's Economy Speech

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

About 100 protesters surged uninvited into a Midtown hotel ballroom, and interrupted a speech by Mayor Bloomberg on the future of the city's economy. The mayor was the keynote speaker at a business forum that largely promoted the optimistic view that New York's economy would rebound. The protesters say the ...

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