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Making It Right for Wrongful Convictions

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Brooklyn DA is reviewing 50 cases that may have involved coached witnesses, coerced confessions, and other abuses of justice. Lonnie Soury, president of the advocacy organization FalseConfessions.org, talks about the investigation and the allegations against a Brooklyn detective, and Derrick Hamilton, who served 21 years in prison for murder, discusses his efforts to prove that he was set up by the detective whose cases are now under investigation.

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NYC How-To in Pictures

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nathan Pyle, illustrator and author of the graphic book NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, moved to NYC from Ohio and shares what he learned about maneuvering through the subways and sidewalks without aggravating your neighbors.

→ EVENT: book signing at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint on Thursday, April 17, from 7-8 p.m.

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Did You File Your Taxes?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Tax Day. Have you filed yet? How honest were you? Caitlin Kenney, reporter and producer at NPR's Planet Money, talks about how tax collectors in the Philippines, Italy and the UK encourage people to file, and how it's done in the US.

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Do the Right Thing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Letitia James talks about her first 100 days as public advocate. Plus: an investigation into potential abuses of justice in 50 cases in Brooklyn; why the “do as I say, not what I do” approach isn’t the best way to teach kids good morals; and “do we need to be touching right now?!” and other NYC etiquette questions answered.

Jami Floyd is in for Brian Lehrer today. Floyd is a legal contributor to Al Jazeera and an attorney. 

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Jamaica Kincaid on James Baldwin: "Love is Something You Do"

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Every African-American household ought to have a complete collection of James Baldwin's work," says the novelist Jamaica Kincaid. In what would be his 90th year, James Baldwin is being recognized for his lasting impact as a writer and activist with a year-long celebration, kicking off with "James Baldwin, This Time!"The festival's curator Lawrence Weschler was joined by participants Jamaica Kincaid, author of See Now Then, and Rich Blint, Baldwin scholar and associate director of the Office of Community Outreach and Education for the School of the Arts at Columbia University, to talk about James Baldwin's life and work and his idea of love in a conversation about race.

→ EVENTS: James Baldwin, This Time! takes place April 23 - 27 at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street in Chelsea.  Click through for ticket information.

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Pulaski No-way

Monday, April 14, 2014

Steve Fulop, mayor of Jersey City, reports on the first rush hour since the northbound lanes on the Pulaski Skyway were closed for a two-year renovation project and offers alternate travel plans for commuters.

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Shadows Over Central Park

Monday, April 14, 2014

A new tall building is casting a giant shadow on certain parts of Central Park. Janet Babin, WNYC economic development reporter, talks about several more planned tall buildings, and what some activists and residents are doing to try to keep the shadows out of the park.

 

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Rep. Steve Israel on Midterms

Monday, April 14, 2014

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY3), head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, talks about the upcoming midterm elections and their effect on current legislative priorities.

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From Critic to the Man in Charge

Monday, April 14, 2014

Steven Banks, commissioner of the Human Resources Administration and former head of the Legal Aid Society, talks about his new role inside city government and the man in charge of the department that serves New Yorkers in need of housing, food and other forms of assistance and supervision.

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Go Tell It On the Mountain

Monday, April 14, 2014

The writer James Baldwin would have turned 90 years old this year. The novelist Jamaica Kincaid and others talk about a year-long celebration of his life and ideas. Plus: Rep. Steve Israel talks midterm elections; development shadows Central Park; and the city’s new Human Resources Administration commish on his new gig. 

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From Pets to Persons?

Friday, April 11, 2014

David H. Grimm, deputy news editor at Science and the author of Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs (PublicAffairs, 2014), talks about how our attitudes toward cats and dogs have changed over time and what their status as surrogate family members could mean for us and for other animals.

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Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, April 11, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

LG and the Palisades Skyline (First) | Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone (Starts at 23:20) | Ryan Lizza on What Makes Christie Tick (Starts at 54:00)

If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

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Brother, Can You Spare a Lime?

Friday, April 11, 2014

David Karp, produce columnist for the Los Angeles Times and citrus researcher with the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC-Riverside, explains the lime shortage going on right now - what is causing it, what it means for consumers and the restaurant industry, and how it is affecting farmers in Mexico, where 95% of limes bought in the US are grown.

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Mayor of (Old) Amsterdam

Friday, April 11, 2014

Eberhard van der Laan, mayor of Amsterdam, discusses his city's similarities to NYC -- a tolerant and diverse city containing people of 180 nationalities, as well as an international business and cultural hotspot.

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Change Your Passwords! (Heartbleed Explained)

Friday, April 11, 2014

A major security bug, called 'Heartbleed', has left much of our online information vulnerable to theft. Rusty Foster, a computer programmer and writer who wrote about Heartbleed for the New Yorker, explains what the security flaw means for your sensitive information - like credit card numbers - and what you need to do next. Foster also writes the daily "Today in Tabs" newsletter for Newsweek.

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De Blasio's 100 Days

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mayor de Blasio celebrated his first 100 days in office with a big speech at Cooper Union. Brigid Bergin, city hall and politics reporter at WNYC, and Greg David, director of the Business and Economic Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School and contributor to Crain's New York Business, talk about his administration's accomplishments and challenges so far.

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Data, Dogs, Dutchmen and Daiquiris

Friday, April 11, 2014

Some dogs and cats are treated like humans. What kind of legal rights do they deserve? Plus: Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan; the lime shortage that goes beyond your cocktail; the online security bug known as “Heartbleed” and what to do about it; and Mayor de Blasio’s first 100 days in office.

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Feds Won't Rule Out Cuomo-Moreland Probe

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In the wake of the dissolution of the Moreland Commission, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, explains why he is criticizing NY Governor Cuomo and talks about what more could be accomplished to stem abuse and prosecute public corruption. Plus: his recent remarks on big banks and possible future charges against financial institutions.

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Sifting the Medicare Data

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thanks to a Wall Street Journal lawsuit, Medicare released details on how much individual doctors were reimbursed for the year 2012 in a searchable database.  Melinda Beck, health reporter for the Journal, talks about what we've learned so far from the Medicare data. What are consumers and doctors finding out about patient care and billing practices?  Call in and share your findings at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

 

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The Second Arab Awakening

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Marwan Muasher, former Jordanian ambassador to Israel and the United States, current vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and now author of The Second Arab Awakening: And the Battle for Pluralism (Yale University Press, 2014), takes the long view of Middle Eastern politics, and discusses news of the day from peace talks in the region.

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