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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.

Listen to the interview

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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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Billionaire Blowout

Monday, January 26, 2009

It was all billions all the time on Sunday night. WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports:

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayor Bloomberg stood shoulder to shoulder with Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Charles Rangel in City Hall's Blue Room to speak seriously about a possible $3 billion in federal stimulus dollars that could come New York City's way, pending the approval of President Obama's stimulus package.

But a bit further uptown, and much more tongue-in-cheek, the satirical theatre troupe, 'Billionaires for Bush' held their final hurrah at Bar 13 near Union Square. It was one part cocktails, one part costumes, all complete with a monied soundtrack (think: Kanye West's Gold digger, The Flying Lizards' Money, Madonna's Material Girl, etc.).

The group started in 2000 and originally called itself, 'Billionaires for Bush or Gore,' out of protest for the way money influenced both political parties.

But following the election, the group solidified its name and began growing it's base of 'billionaires' with pseudonyms like Robin Eublind, Ivy League-Legacy and Fillmore Barrels.

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What Does the Appointment of Gillibrand do for Paterson?

Friday, January 23, 2009

by Elaine Rivera

Today, Governor David Paterson selected Kirsten Gillibrand, a little known Congresswoman who represents parts of the Hudson Valley and upstate New York, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. His choice has drawn mixed reviews from around the state with liberal democrats expressing alarm at Gillibrand's conservative stances on some issues, like gun control. Among liberal Democrats there's an actual howl as one of the newspaper headlines put it.

Gillibrand changed her mind - it seems like overnight - on the issue of gay marriage which she says she now supports. And at today's news conference she extended an olive branch to Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy - whose husband was killed in the Long Island Railroad massacre and is one of the staunchest gun-control advocates in Congress. Gillibrand says she's looking forward to working with McCarthy on making sure illegal guns don't get in the hands of criminals. But a spokesman for McCarthy says they're not buying it. McCarthy says she's very disturbed by the selection and is considering a run against Gillibrand in 2010. The NRA has given a 100 percent approval rating to Gillibrand for her voting record on guns.

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51 Things Barack Obama Can do for New York City

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jonathan Bowles and Tara Colton of the Center for an Urban Future discuss their new report on "51 Things the Obama Administration Should do for New York City."

What Do You Think Obama Can Do For NYC?

Look at the 51 Issues ...

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Inauguration Party in Brooklyn

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Produced by Kathleen Horan and Chaleampon Ritthichai

Senior citizens at a Fort Green/Crown Heights senior center gathered to watch Barack Obama being sworn in. They sang, they danced, they celebrated.

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At The Old Ebbit Grill in DC...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

By Ellen Horne

Here at the Old Ebbit Grill in DC, the crowd's loudest celebratory cheer was at the sight of G.W. Bush boarding a helicopter and leaving Washington. TVs and a large projection screen are all tuned to MSNBC.

This party, thrown by the Democratic Leadership Council, is only ...

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No More Sci-Fi or Comedy Folks!.....Introducing President Obama!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WNYC Guest Blogger: Afronerd

Well the fated day has finally arrived and beyond the pomp and circumstance, President Obama has his work cut out for him. We can all breath a sigh of relief as he has thus far turned out to be quite a classy (and politically moderate) fellow-not at all like the "socialist" brush my home team attempted to paint him with. But as much as a cineaste and comic book buff that I fancy myself as, one should never forget just how much the proposition of a Black president was perceived as fodder for entertainment and fantasy. So perhaps, we have to give thanks to Sammy Davis, Jr. (yes Sammy......as a child), Richard Pryor (clip, above) James Earl Jones, Dennis Haysbert and the inimitable Morgan Freeman for at least implanting the idea of a Black POTUS in our nation's consciousness.

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A Down-To-Earth Leader

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Robert George
Robert George

WNYC Guest Blogger: Robert George

1) Barack Obama played against type. He eschewed the high-soaring rhetoric that typified his campaign, choosing instead to stay down-to-earth, laying out a centrist (some would say 'middle-of-the-road') theme trying to paper over most partisan differences.

2) He had an appropriately hawkish tone to the enemies of America:

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

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A Spectacular Anti-Climax

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Young Jean Lee, photo by Raul Vincent Enriquez
Young Jean Lee, photo by Raul Vincent Enriquez

WNYC Guest Blogger: Young Jean Lee

I’m at an inauguration party hosted by singer/songwriter Mike Doughty. Almost everyone here is either a theater person or musician, so all of us are simultaneously judging the event as an entertainment. Rachel Murdy points out that Dick Cheney in his wheelchair looks like Dr. Strangelove, while Mike thinks he looks more like the evil Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Voices From Harlem

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Amina Niass and Mbayang Kasse of Democracy Prep in Harlem celebrate at the inauguration of Barack Obama"

One of the 7,000 students invited to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama at the Armory in Harlem

One of the 7,000 students invited to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama at the Armory in Harlem

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Inaugural Poem

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Read by Elizabeth Alexander

On Inauguration morning, even a PETA activist and a woman in fur can make friends!

On Inauguration morning, even a PETA activist and a woman in fur can make friends!

Praise song for the day.

Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each others' eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues. Someone is stitching up a hem, darning a hole in a uniform, patching a tire, repairing the things in need of repair.

Someone is trying to make music somewhere with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.

A woman and her son wait for the bus.

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The Obama Conundrum

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Watching the inauguration at the LGBT Center

Watching the inauguration at the LGBT Center

WNYC Guest Blogger: Michael Lavers

Outgoing President George W. Bush’s first inauguration in Jan. 20, 2001, seems a distant memory. I was a 19-year-old freshman at the University of New Hampshire. My parents still had their health and I drove a 1989 Mercury Topaz. Things have certainly changed in the last eight years—I order café con leche from the bodegas near my apartment in Bushwick. Employment insecurity and health care costs continue to burden my mother and father. And I am about to witness President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

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Does A Difficult Home Make A Great President?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WNYC Guest Blogger: Robert George

In today's New York Post, Richard Brookhiser notes this about Barack Obama:

We are inaugurating a man who has lived an unusually displaced life - an absent father, a roaming mother. These circumstances have made Obama used to calling his own tune. What tune that will be is something we - and perhaps he - will have to find out as his presidency unfolds.

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