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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.

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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?"

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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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Watch Your Step

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

by Stephen Nessen

Runners pushed and shoved through a narrow stair well and climbed 1,576 stairs to the top of the Empire State building today for the 32nd annual run-up.

102 stories above New York at the Empire State Building.

102 stories above New York at the Empire State Building.

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Sex Abuse Allegations in Orthodox Jewish Community

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Is it completely overblown, as rabbis say, or an "open secret" in the community? NPR's Barbara Bradley Haggerty has been looking into allegations of child sex abuse in Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn District Attorney is investigating the claims, but has been frustrated by a lack of cooperation ...

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Who's more powerful in Washington -- Paterson or Bloomberg? (What's in the Stimulus, Part 2)

Monday, February 02, 2009

It's not just WHAT you get, it's how you get it -- and New York State and City may not be on the same page. For example, when it comes to education, the state prefers the Senate version, because -- you guessed it -- under the Senate version the state ...

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Staten Island Chuck Bites Bloomberg, Draws Blood

Monday, February 02, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo.  February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten by a ground hog during a ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo Monday morning.

Bloomberg spoke to the media about the incident later that day, suggesting that Chuck very well could be a 'terrorist rodent' agent.

The city's prognosticating rodent, Charles G. Hogg, also known as Staten Island Chuck, bit through Bloomberg's glove when the mayor was trying to coax the animal into view with an ear of corn.

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

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'Black Sunday' Trial Continues

Monday, February 02, 2009

The defense continues to insist that the illegal walls erected in a Bronx apartment building were not to blame for the deaths of two firefighters in 2005. In testy cross-examinations, the defense has been pressing firefighters about problems getting water to the fire and about why only some of them ...

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Mayor: State and Federal Aid Needed to Prevent Massive Job Cuts

Friday, January 30, 2009

NEW YORK, NY January 30, 2009 —Mayor Bloomberg says without help from Albany and Washington, New York City will have to reduce its workforce by more than 20,000 people in order to make ends meet in its next budget. The city's deficit for the next fiscal year has mushroomed, from $1 billion to $4 billion, because of Wall Street's heavy losses. Bloomberg says the deficit would have been $6 billion, if not for earlier cuts.

BLOOMBERG: You can only get so much blood out of a stone and after that this is a headcount thing.

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Where Wall Street IS Main Street

Thursday, January 29, 2009

by Isaac-Davy Aronson

President Obama got a bit agitated today over a report showing that, as the economy teetered and the government pumped billions of taxpayer dollars into the ailing financial industry, Wall Street firms doled out $18 billion in bonuses last year. With his treasury secretary, and former New York Fed chief, Tim Geithner beside him at the White House, Obama told reporters:

"That is the height of irresponsibility. It is shameful. And part of what we’re going to need is for the folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint and show some discipline and show some sense of responsibility."

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Rep. Nadler Say Stimulus Bill Good for NY

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rep. Jerrold Nadler says New York will do well under the stimulus bill passed by the House last night (with no Republican support).

He tells WNYC that money for medicaid, transit, and education will all help the economy. He managed to get support for $3B in additional spending on transit, ...

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Wall St Bonuses Drop 44 Percent

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wall Street bonuses shrank dramatically last year.

The average compensation check mailed out last month was one hundred twelve thousand dollars, thirty six percent smaller than in 2007. That ...

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Mohamad Yunus on Socially-Conscious Business

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nobel Laureate Mohamad Yunus told WNYC's Leonard Lopate that creative, socially-conscious approaches to business can both reinvigorate capitalism and help eliminate global poverty.

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Snow turning to Slush

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WNYC's Bob Hennelly reported live during Morning Edition and The Takeaway on this morning's sloppy commute. Here's where he was standing in Riverside, NJ.

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NYC Mostly Exonerated by Report on HIV Trials & Foster Kids

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Allegations that New York City used Black and Latino foster children as guinea pigs for HIV trials were proved false in a new report by the Vera Institute of Justice. The study was commissioned by an outraged City Council, which wanted on answers on allegations of abuse in the ...

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Gwen Ifill on the Age of Obama

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Veteran journalist Gwen Ifill talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about the future of American democracy and the Black political structure in the age of Obama.

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Sidekick’s Revenge

Monday, January 26, 2009

We just aired a story about how an assistant police chief, James Hall, today attributed an increase in subway crime to the fancy electronic gizmos passengers are carrying with them. He mentioned by name one brand of cell phone, the Sidekick, which retails for $300 or more, and features ...

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