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Anthony Weiner, former US Congressman and now Democratic candidate in the mayoral primary, answers listener questions about his proposals for the future of the city. Plus, Greg David of Crain’s New York Business warns listeners not to read too much into mayoral polling; Murray Weiss of DNAinfo reviews recent developments with the NYPD; the latest on the ongoing crisis in Syria and how the US might get involved; and what we know about public opinion on the conflict.
It was 50 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Professor Peniel Joseph of Tufts University’s Center for Race and Democracy talks about the anniversary and the continued discussion about civil rights. Then, the four candidates in the primary race for Manhattan Borough President (Robert Jackson, Jessica Lapin, Julie Menin, and Gale Brewer) make their case to voters.
As the situation in Syria heats up and the international community weighs intervention, Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center discusses options for the U.S. Plus: a look at President Obama's proposal about how to rate and value colleges; the candidates running to be the Queens Borough President; Wil Haygood, the Washington Post columnist who wrote the story that inspired the new movie "The Butler," and the history of the obsession with immortality.
With the primary three weeks away, voters are seeing more and more campaign ads and flyers from the mayoral contenders. We take your calls on how the candidates' messages are impacting your decision. Plus: Time's Bobby Ghosh on Egypt; City Council Member Brad Lander on unequal treatment of affordable housing tenants in luxury buildings; a new study debunks the idea of left-brain and right-brain behavior; and the words and phrases that the Chinese government blocks on the social media site Weibo.
→ Reminder: Reddit AMA with Errol Louis at 2pm Today! Will be live at this link a little before 2.
This November, Cory Booker is likely to be elected New Jersey's next US Senator -- so what's next for the town of Newark? David Cruz explains the succession plans, and the Booker legacy. Plus: NY State Senator and former NYPD official Eric Adams (also running for Brooklyn Borough President) on the potential fall-out from this week's stop-and-frisk verdict. And an hour of your calls -- the only guest is you.
Democrats running for mayor of New York City debated last night and Bill Ritter, the moderator and Eyewitness News co-anchor recaps and analyzes the debate, including each candidate’s take on this week’s major stop-and-frisk decision. Plus: the results are in for New Jersey’s primary race for the late Senator Lautenberg’s seat; the Ft. Hood trial; Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz on the 2012 presidential election and its implications for the future; and David McRaney, a journalist and self-described “psychology nerd” on how to outsmart yourself.
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We start the show with highlights from the Spitzer-Stringer comptroller debate Brian co-moderated last night. Then Samuel Walker, a criminal justice expert who testified in the stop-and-frisk federal trial, talks about what a monitor for the NYPD would do and what authority they have in other police forces. Plus: your calls on this primary day for the empty Senate seat in New Jersey; the message from AG Eric Holder on minimum sentencing and criminal justice reform; advice on starting a fulfilling business; and your calls on how you resist the urge to text while driving.
→ Live Stream and Chat Tonight: Comptroller Debate at 7pm
A judge has ruled this morning that NYC's stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional. We discuss the ruling and the recommended changes. Plus: New York City political debate season has arrived. NY1’s Errol Louis previews the upcoming Comptroller and Public Advocate debates. And the primary for New Jersey’s Senate seat is Tuesday, so today all the Democratic candidates will make their case to voters, starting with Cory Booker, then Rush Holt, Sheila Oliver and Frank Pallone.
Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!
Today’s show starts with four views of urban life. Vishaan Chakrabarti of Columbia University talks about the importance of density; we hear about 400 years of history of Greenwich Village; get different views of a regular walk around a block with Barnard’s Alexandra Horowitz; and hear from architect Michael Sorkin on what design says about the city. Plus: Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel, talks about how new book on what we can learn from traditional societies. Then, the twists and turns of our digestive system with writer Mary Roach.
David Kramer, the president of Freedom House, talks about the state of U.S. – Russia relations since the Edward Snowden affair. Plus: a federal women’s prison in Danbury, CT is changing to an all-male facility; managing relationships between adult children and their older parents; and Sports Illustrated writer David Epstein on his new book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.
WNYC politics reporter Brigid Bergin talks about the Campaign Finance Board’s decision to prohibit mayoral candidate John Liu from receiving public matching funds, and what that means for his campaign. Plus: Kelly McEvers, NPR’s Beirut bureau chief, discusses her reporting in Syria; Tom Tarantino of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America talks about its 2013 veterans survey and the issues veterans face; Village Voice writer and author Graham Rayman on his new book The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-Ups, and Courage; and a story about super passionate fans of Jane Austen and what it says about fanatics in general.
Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham, discusses the security concerns at US embassies abroad and what it tells us about threats to the United States. Plus: adopting young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system to life on their own; the potential Midtown east rezoning plan; the dating scene in Brooklyn as seen through the lens of a fictional character; and actor, director, writer and producer Jim Rash on his new show on the Sundance Channel, “The Writer’s Room.”
Former US Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican from Maine, talks about the nature of compromise and progress in Washington politics and what changes she thinks would encourage bipartisanship. Then, author Charlie Wheelan continues the conversation about political common ground with his Centrist Manifesto. Plus: a full hour of Ask a Bioethicist on thorny biomedical questions of our day; and the unlikely influences on our behavior, including certain shades of color.