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Midwest Drought's Ripple Effects

Monday, July 30, 2012

The drought continues throughout much of the United States. NPR food and agriculture correspondent Dan Charles looks at the effects on everything from factory farms to local food prices.

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How Much Money Do Olympic Athletes Make?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, who covers the business of sports, discusses how much of the big money at the Olympic Games goes to the actual athletes.

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Special Education Changes

Monday, July 30, 2012

Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer of the New York City Department of Education, talks about how NYC public schools are moving to a system for "inclusion" of special needs kids in regular classrooms.

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Dry Run

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mitt Romney is wrapping up his trip to Europe and the Middle East. David Sanger of the New York Times discusses what we learned about his foreign policy. Plus: the chief academic officer of the New York City DOE on how to integrate special needs students; how the Midwest drought is affecting all of us; and what "amateur" means in the big-money Olympics.

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Marijuana Legalization

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA, and Jonathan Caulkins, professor of operations research and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, discuss their book Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know, which takes a look at the current status of marijuana and examines what legalization might look like.

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Open Phones: How Immigrants Are Watching the Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

From Indian air rifle champs to Hungarian water polo domination, immigrants in NYC are rooting for their home country athletes. We're joined by:

  • Roopa Unnikrishnan, Indian New Yorker and air rifle gold medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth games, to discuss Abhinav Bindra, a shooter from India who is a favorite at the London games
  • Peter Felvegi, Hungarian New Yorker, water polo player and coach, to discuss Hungary's top-ranked water polo team.

Are you an immigrant New Yorker following an athlete from your home country? Give us a call at 212-433-9692 or post here!

→ More Olympics Coverage from WNYC: Revisit Our Olympic Hopefuls | Local Athlete Tracker | NYC 2012: What Could Have Been

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Wall Street's Week: Facebook, Big Banks

Friday, July 27, 2012

Heidi Moore, New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace, discusses the Facebook revenue report and what it tells us about the success or failure of its recent IPO, plus what it would take to reimpose Glass-Steagall, like Sanford Weill suggested.

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Open Phones: Starting a Business

Friday, July 27, 2012

President Obama's "you didn't build that" comment has sparked a conversation about the role of government in private business. We want to hear directly from business owners about how they got their start. Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, helps field the calls.

Listeners: Call us if you started a business--big or small--and tell us the story of how you did it. How do you view government support for entrepreneurs like you? What would you want to see more of or less of? 212-433-9692, or post here!

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Catch Up With NYC-Area Olympians

Friday, July 27, 2012

In March, the Brian Lehrer Show spoke to several NYC-area Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls as they competed for spots on Team USA. Catch up with them below as they prepare to take the world’s stage in London, and find out when you can watch them contend for the gold. And be sure to check out WNYC's full-blown Olympics tracker here.

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A Helping Hand

Friday, July 27, 2012

Much is being made of President Obama saying that business owners "didn't build that." Seth Pinsky of the New York City Economic Development Corporation explains what government resources go into helping people start businesses. Then, Heidi Moore of Marketplace on the Facebook revenue report; what we know about Mitt Romney's upcoming trip to Israel; a call-in for immigrants on who they're watching in the Olympics; and everything you've ever needed to know about marijuana legalization.

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Romney in Israel

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mitt Romney is in the midst of a week-long trip to Europe and the Middle East. Zev Chafets, journalist and author of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One, talks about the GOP nominee's planned visit to Israel.

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NYC's Broadband Disparity

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Robert Atkinson, Director of Policy Research at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at the Columbia Business School, explains why some New York City neighborhoods have better Internet service than others.

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Keeping Cool: AC-less Living

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Each Thursday in June, Stan Cox, a senior scientist at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and the the author of Losing Our Cool, discusses the world of air conditioning.

This Week: Why did you decide to do without air conditioning and why should others do the same?  What tips for going without can you share?

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Where's the Line on School Discipline?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A New Jersey court has ruled that a high school went too far in disciplining students for out-of-school law-breaking. But it also created an exception for cases in which a student is put in harm's way, which has implications for New Jersey's anti-bullying legislation. Nancy Solomon, managing editor at New Jersey Public Radio, discusses the ruling.

What do you think? Can a school punish a student for behavior outside of school? What's the role of parents, law enforcement, and others? Where do you draw the line? Let us know!

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The Moral Idea That Influenced Everything

Thursday, July 26, 2012

R. Jay Magill, Jr., host for NPR Worldwide's Berlin Journal in Germany and the author of Sincerity, discusses the single ideal that pervades history, religion, art and politics and has inspired everything from religious wars to "hipster chic."

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Revisiting the Creative Class

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Richard Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and a senior editor at the Atlantic, is the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, 10th Anniversary EditionAs his book celebrates its tenth anniversary, Florida discusses how things have changed.

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Creative Solutions

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ten years ago, Richard Florida wrote about the role of creativity in the economy in his influential book The Rise of the Creative Class. He discusses how American cities have changed in the past decade. Plus: NPR host R. Jay Magill, Jr. talks about the influence of the moral idea of sincerity in our politics and culture; and the July series on air-conditioning continues with Stan Cox.

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Washington Grills the Banks

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Yesterday in Washington, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were talking about the structure and behavior of big banks. Tim Geithner offered testimony about the LIBOR rate-fixing scandal. And comments by a former Citigroup CEO led to buzz about the return of Glass-Steagall, which prevented banks from getting too big. Wall Street Journal economic policy reporter Damian Paletta discusses the latest.

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George Jefferson and Movin' on Up

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sherman Hemsley died yesterday. He was the actor who played George Jefferson on the TV shows "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"—which ran from 1975 to 1985. Michael Eric Dyson, sociology professor at Georgetown University and the author of many books, puts the character George Jefferson into context and takes your calls.

Listeners: Call us if you saw yourself or your family reflected in George Jefferson or the story of the Jeffersons. Did you define yourself against the Jeffersons? Call us at 212-433-9692 or comment here. 

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How Democrats Frame Issues

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Elisabeth Wehling, political strategist and researcher of linguistics, and George Lakoff, Cognitive Science and Linguistics professor at the University of California, Berkley, discuss their book, The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic, and explain how Democrats can communicate their moral values clearly and forcefully in a way that sets them apart from their GOP counterparts.

 

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