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Indecision Forever

Friday, April 27, 2012

Mary Phillips-Sandy, editorial producer of Comedy Central's Indecision blog, talks about political news and how the Comedy Central team covers news through the humor site. 

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Bad Religion

Friday, April 27, 2012

In Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist, says American Christianity has gone astray, leading to an economic, social, and political crisis.

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Exercise Science

Friday, April 27, 2012

Gretchen Reynolds writes the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times and is the author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer. She joins us to discuss what science is proving and disproving when it comes to exercise. 

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The Buzz About the Space Shuttle Enterprise Buzz

Friday, April 27, 2012

The NYC skies will have an unfamiliar visitor today as the Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its way to JFK and then to permanent display The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Today's flyover -- from the Statue of Liberty up to the Tapan Zee Bridge -- is expected between 10am and 11:30am this morning. WNYC's Richard Hake checks in from Liberty Island to talk about the morning's events.

Are you planning on watching the shuttle today? Call to check in on your plans - 212-433-9692!

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Paths Not Taken

Friday, April 27, 2012

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is now author of In Bad Religion about his belief that American Christianity has gone astray. Plus: Tricia Rose of Brown University and Gary Phillips, South Central native, talk about the legacy of the L.A. riots; Mary Phillips-Sandy, editorial producer of Comedy Central’s Indecision blog, weighs in on 2012 politics; and the science of exercise and fitness.

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Business Leaders for Public Financing

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Leo Hindery, managing partner of InterMedia Partners, a New York-based media industry private equity fund, and Sean Eldridge, president of Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund focused on the Hudson Valley, talk about the coalition of corporate and political voices, the New York Leadership for Accountable Government, that hopes to bring public financing to New York state elections.

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Cenk Uygur and "The Young Turks"

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The host of Current TV's "The Young Turks," Cenk Uygur, talks about Obama 2012, campaign finance reform, and the impact of the Occupy movement.

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Open Phones: Delaying College

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Do you think that college-bound high school grads should take a year or two off to enter the job market before going back to school?

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Gridlock Sam's Master Plan: Mass Transit

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Each Thursday in April, Sam Schwartz, aka Gridlock Sam at The Daily News, and former NYC traffic commissioner, explains another facet of his plan for equitably pricing NYC transit and tolls. This week: mass transit.

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Will the NYC GOP Find a Mayoral Candidate?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

No high profile Republican candidate has emerged as a favorite for next year's mayoral race. Azi Paybarah, reporter for Capital New York, and Doug Muzzio, professor of political science at Baruch College and host of "City Talk" on CUNY/TV, talk about the buzz surrounding an effort to draft Ray Kelly, and the leadership void in the local GOP.

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The On Ramp

Thursday, April 26, 2012

There’s no shortage of hopefuls for the 2013 New York City mayoral race but no real GOP candidate has emerged for the ticket. Hear why and who might run for the Republican party. Plus: Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks” on the rise of the show; the push for public campaign finance; we take your calls on a new study that finds Mexican migration to the U.S. has stalled; and Sam Schwartz explains the mass transit part of his traffic plan for the New York City area.

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Mexican Migration Has Ended

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, talks about a new report: "Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero - and Perhaps Less," and what those findings mean on both sides of the border.

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Watch: Tracy K. Smith on Whether War is Inevitable

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tracy K. Smith, Brooklyn resident and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Life on Mars: Poems, visited the WNYC studios recently to talk about the award and her work writing and teaching poetry. While she was here, she answered the Brian Lehrer Show End of War question: Is war inevitable?

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Thinking Bad Thoughts

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mark Dery, cultural critic and author of I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams, critiques contemporary American pop culture, from Lady Gaga to the apocalypse.

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Joe Hagan on George W. Bush's National Guard Record

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Joe Hagan, contributing editor at New York Magazine, Rolling Stone and Men's Journal, talks about his exclusive investigation into President George W. Bush's Air National guard service in the latest issue of Texas Monthly.

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Checking In On Standardized Testing

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about standardized testing and new efforts to raise high school graduation rates in the state.

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Construction Company Admits Fraud

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, talks about the construction company that agreed to pay $56 million in fines yesterday, after admitting to widespread fraud.

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Putting It to the Test

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Public school students take their math exams today. Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York Board of Regents, weighs in on efforts to boost high school graduation rates and role of standardized testing. Plus: perceptions of the U.S.-China relationship; an investigation of President George W. Bush’s National Guard service; cultural critic Mark Dery on American pop culture; and why insurance companies are changing the way they reimburse patients. 

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U.S.-China Perceptions

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Frank Wu, Committee of 100 member and chancellor and dean of University of California Hastings College of Law, and Anla Cheng, Committee of 100 board member and partner at Sino-Century China Private Equity fund, talk about a new study about the cross cultural perceptions of U.S.-China relations.

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Your Insurance Is Costing More

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nina Bernstein, health care reporter for The New York Times, discusses her reporting on how the largest health insurers in the country have been calculating the price of care based on Medicare rates - a calculation which pushes prices up.

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