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Bridges and Tunnels

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Supreme Court has been deciding which cases to put on the docket. Emily Bazelon of Slate explains which cases are going to be heard in the election year – including the Arizona immigration law and the health reform law. Then: a dispute over payouts from unused sick time in New Jersey highlights the public employee benefit. Plus: Time Magazine’s person of the year; and big ideas for New York City, including a land bridge to Governor’s Island. 

 

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No Cell Phones in Cars?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended a ban on all cell phone use while driving. Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the NTSB, discusses the decision. And Marcel JustProfessor of Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses what happens to our brains while we talk, text, and update behind the wheel.

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Sick Days in New Jersey

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Brigid Callahan Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, explains the negotiation over payouts for unused sick time for public employees in New Jersey and what the purpose of sick leave is. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Experience Gifts

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In another installment of our group-created Holiday Gift Guide, we open the phones for your ideas on the best experience gifts, from a lesson in cheese making to tango classes.

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LoLo: Imagining New New York

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The head of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia UniversityVishaan Chakrabarti, talks about their idea for connecting Lower Manhattan to Governor's Island, and other big ideas for NYC.

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The Supreme Court Goes Big

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate previews the next session of the Supreme Court, which will include Arizona immigration law, Obama's health reform law, and redistricting in Texas. 

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Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jim Frederick, TIME International Editor, on the choice of "The Protester" as Time Magazine's Person of the Year. 

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Unfinished Business

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5) weighs in on the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits extensions—and other unfinished business in Washington. Plus: a conversation about the outcome of the UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa; the unrest in Russia and how the announcement of billionaire Nets’ owner Prokhorov's presidential candidacy factors in; lessons from Latin America about economic growth and the middle class; and a study about sleeping on the subway.

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Rep. Garrett: Keystone Pipeline, not Payroll Tax Cut, is Real Job-Creator

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, US Congressman (R-NJ 5th) Scott Garrett discussed unfinished business including the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits.

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Learn from Latin America

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jorge Castañeda, who served as foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003 and is now professor of politics and Latin American and Caribbean studies at New York University, argues that the U.S. should learn from Latin America and protect its middle class. 

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Anti-Kremlin Protests in Russia

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nina Khrushcheva, associate professor of the International Affairs Program at the New School, senior fellow at World Policy Institute and author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics discusses the protests in Moscow, what oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov's presidential candidacy means for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's bid and why she joined the protest.  

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Will The Durban Agreement Save The Climate?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Environment and energy reporter for Time Magazine Bryan Walsh on the recent agreement among the world's leaders to work toward a climate accord that includes both developed and developing nations. 

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The God Particle Announcement

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lisa Randall, professor of science at Harvard University and author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, reviews an announcement from the CERN physics lab in Europe that scientists may have glimpsed the Higgs boson, also known as the "God Particle."

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The Science of Subway Sleeping

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Carl Bazil, professor of clinical neurology and director of the Division of Epilepsy and Sleep at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, talks about his subway sleeping experiment as documented by Christine Haughney for the New York Times

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Open Phones: Edifice Complex

Monday, December 12, 2011

Senior Minister at Judson Memorial Church, Donna Schaper explains what she called the "edifice complex" some congregations have, and what Judson Church is offering to those without a space for worship.

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The Beginning of the End

Monday, December 12, 2011

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-D) rounds up what’s left for Congress as the 112th legislative session comes to an end. Plus: Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post on news from the GOP presidential race; Howard Gardner on creativity and leadership; the lessons other cities can learn from New York City’s drop in crime; and New York Magazine’s “Reasons to Love NY.”

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New York's Crime Lessons

Monday, December 12, 2011

Frank Zimring, professor of law and criminal justice at UC-Berkeley and the author of The City that Became Safe: New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control, studied New York City's drop in crime for lessons about policing and drug enforcement for other cities. 

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Gillibrand: Keystone Pipeline 'Poison Pill' for Payroll Tax Cut

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, New York Senator (D) Kirsten Gillibrand rounded up news from Washington as the legislative session wraps up, from the payroll tax cuts to unemployment benefits and more.

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What's Keeping Latino Voters Away from the GOP?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Matt Barreto, advisor to impreMedia/Latino Decisions polling and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, discussed the findings of a new poll, which suggests that Latino voters do not care as much about religion or social issues as previously thought.

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Leading Minds

Monday, December 12, 2011

Harvard education professor, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and author of the newly reissued Creating Minds and Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership, Howard Gardner revisits his work on multiple intelligences in creativity and leadership. 

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