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Who Still Smokes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

While 18 to 20 percent of Americans still smoke, a professor of public health says it's considered embarrassing among more educated people, and the majority of smokers are lower income.
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The Wall of Snow in Buffalo

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Another two or three feet of snow is expected in Erie County today, on top of the 70 inches Buffalo already got. Blame the lake effect, our guest says, but not the polar vortex.
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Mandela Foundation Carries On

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, talks about the ongoing work of the foundation, as they prepare to mark one year without him.
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Snowstorms; Smoking; and Science Meets Art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Buffalo, N.Y. is buried under mounds of snow. National Weather Service meteorologist David Zaff explains whether this kind of storm is normal or unprecedented. Plus: a look at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a year after its founder’s death; who still smokes?; science and public art collide in Times Square; and psychologist Gabriele Oettingen discusses her research, which shows that optimism is not always a motivating factor. 

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Optimism Can Make You Unhappy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Professor of psychology at New York University says her research shows that roadblocks can lead to success, while seeing the glass as half-full can be de-motivating.
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Anne Lamott Wants You To "Share Your Bananas"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

She doesn't think she's a "self-help author" but it's clear that she's helped a lot of people. A few small gestures of kindness go a long way, she said. So share your bananas.
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Mayor of London Geeks Out About Churchill

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The world does need another book about Winston Churchill. Boris Johnson explains why the British Bulldog continues to enthrall us -- and why he'd like to be an elephant seal.
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Al Michaels Looks Back

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Legendary sports broadcaster (and local guy) Al Michaels looks back in his new book on the legendary games he's called and the legends he's worked with.
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A Liberian Nobel Prize Winner Tells Us About Ebola

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee, says the battle against Ebola in Liberia has been being fought hardest by those in its crosshairs: women caregivers.
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Report Finds "Absymal" Fiscal Management in East Ramapo

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A new report recommends a monitor and more funds to help get the Rockland County school district back on track after years of mismanagement. Our guests say it's a great blueprint.
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London Mayor Boris Johnson; Winners & Legends

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. She discusses what she's been up to since then, including her foundation’s work with women and girls in Africa and the Ebola outbreak in her home country of Liberia. Plus: Sportscaster Al Michaels tells stories about the many legendary moments in his career; the author Anne Lamott on small moments of grace amid suffering; and London Mayor Boris Johnson.  

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Two Joes Debate the Keystone Pipeline

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Joe Nocera says it's cleaner to ship the oil by pipeline rather than put it on a train. Joe Romm says a moral world would leave this oil in the ground. Today, the U.S. Senate decides.
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The Magic Number for Affordable Housing

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Did recent negotiations make it impossible to build Astoria Cove? Other developers don't think the Queens waterfront project will be profitable enough. 
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2014's Word of the Year is: Vape

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today we talk about the word of the year 2014, "vape", from Oxford Dictionaries. Last year's word--"selfie"! 
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Alberto Gonzales on Immigration Reform

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Federal immigration control, including a pathway to "nationality" as a precursor to full citizenship, is discussed by co-authors Alberto R. Gonzales and David N. Strange.
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Alberto Gonzales’ Immigration Plan; Words; and Fraud

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales shares ideas for immigration reform that are both compassionate and conservative. Plus: a Keystone Pipeline debate ahead of the Senate vote; fortune-telling fraud in New York; an update on the Astoria Cove development project; and the Oxford English Dictionary announces its 2014 Word of the Year.

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To Catch a Fortune-Teller

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Whatever goes on in those storefront psychic rooms, it’s illegal, and some psychics have disappeared with thousands of dollars. How do you catch someone who's in the business of "magic?"
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Happy 50th Birthday, Verrazano Bridge

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gay Talese, journalist and author of The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (Bloomsbury USA, 2014), revisits the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on its 50th anniversary.

→Events:  Gay Talese will talk about The Bridge on 11/19 7PM at The Strand 828 Broadway ⋅ on 11/20 at 6:30 at the Museum of the City of New York ⋅ and on 11/22 at 4PM at the Barnes & Noble on Staten Island 2245 Richmond Street

Hear archival audio from the opening of the bridge 50 years ago:

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Should Soda Have a Warning Label?

Monday, November 17, 2014

A bill in Albany would warn consumers of sugary drinks: "Safety warning: drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay." Good idea?
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Chuck Todd Wants ‘Meet the Press’ to Sound More Like…Us

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, the moderator of "Meet the Press" and the author of The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House (Little, Brown and Company, 2014), shares the up-close view of the president he got as a White House correspondent. Plus: his plans for "Meet the Press:" less like cable news, more like public radio.

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