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HUD Secretary on the $25 Billion Homeowner Settlement

Friday, February 10, 2012

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan discusses the big deal struck between federal and state officials to help struggling homeowners--and what it could mean for the New York area. More information on the settlement here.

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Speaker Quinn's State of the City

Friday, February 10, 2012

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn discusses her State of the City address and other legislative matters. 

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Of Planning and Partnerships

Friday, February 10, 2012

The New Jersey State Senate will vote on Monday on whether to allow same sex marriage. Senate President Stephen Sweeney discusses his support of the legislation. Plus, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, explains the $25 billion plan to help struggling homeowners; New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn shares her take on the state of the city; and Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, E. J. Dionne, talks about the controversy over healthcare and contraception at religious institutions.

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Karen Mills of the Small Business Administration

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Karen Mills, head of the Small Business Administration, and the newest member of President Obama's cabinet, discusses what the administration is proposing to help small businesses, particularly in urban areas.

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Information Overload

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Clay Johnson, founder of Blue State Digital, former director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, and the author of The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption, talks about how to weed out the junk data and stick to a healthy diet of information.

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Ways & Means of Transit Cuts

Thursday, February 09, 2012

The House Ways and Means committee voted to slash transit funding, a move that could cost New York City $1.7 billionAndrea Bernstein, director of the public radio Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for WNYC, talks about the cuts and the likely outcome of the vote next week by the full House.

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The Global Parent: What's Too Much to Ask?

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere in between), joins us weekly in February to talk about the "best practices" of parenting around the world. This week: when it comes to school, work and play, when to push and when to give kids "space."

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Speaker Silver: Raising the Minimum Wage

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Sheldon Silver, NYS Assembly Speaker (D-64th), discusses his bill to raise the minimum wage and the issue of churches in schools.

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The Sweet Meteor of Death, Dirty Harry Unites, and Obama Turns on the Money Faucet

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Episode #5: Anna Sale is on vacation, so It's A Free Country blogger Karol Markowicz steps in alongside Todd Zwillich and Brian Lehrer to bring the week's most revealing clip. Karol is humored by Erick Erickson's "endorsement" in the GOP 2012 race; Todd bends the rules and puts a previous week's clip in a new context to talk about Obama and SuperPACs; and Brian sees Red America and Blue America united in Clint Eastwood's Super Bowl ad. Plus: a bonus, late-breaking clip from Todd on the Obama administration, contraceptives, and religious voters.

Don't forget this week's twitter challenge: Answer the question #WhatMatters? What really matters in our politics, and in Election 2012?  (See what others are saying)

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Winter Arts: Theater

Thursday, February 09, 2012

David Cote, theater critic for Time Out New York, and Joshua Bloodworth, theater critic for Dominion New York share what they're looking forward to this late winter and spring in the theater: on and off Broadway.

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Hands Off, Hands On

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Karen Mills, head of the Small Business Administration and the newest member of President Obama's cabinet, discusses the agency's role in the White House and what she proposes to aid job creation. Plus, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-64) on his bill to raise the minimum wage; how an upcoming vote in the House could mean less transit funding for New York City; the healthy information diet; when to push your kids and when to let them be; and a preview of the upcoming theater season.

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School Closings and Open Slots

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, and Clara Hemphill, senior editor at The New School's Center for New York City Affairs, talk about Thursday's vote on more school closings and the start of the elementary school selection process. 

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Congressional Earmarks

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

David Fallis, staff writer with the Washington Post's Investigations Unit , discusses the Washington Post's investigation into the lack of transparency surrounding congressional earmarks.

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Frank Rich on the Eastwood Super Bowl Ad

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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, Frank RichNew York Magazine writer at large, discussed the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad and the politics around it.

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Cold Warriors Against the Bomb

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Phillip Taubman, former New York Times reporter and editor, and author of The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb, discusses his new book about the bi-partisan alliance between Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, San Nunn, William Perry, and physicist Sidney Drell to abolish nuclear weapons. 

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Santorum Wins Big in Yesterday's GOP Contests

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News Politics Reporter, discusses Rick Santorum's winning results from yesterday's GOP contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.

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Decisions Made and Unmade

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The 9th Circuit ruled that California’s Proposition 8 ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick discusses the decision and what comes next. Plus, New York Magazine’s Frank Rich explores the politics of the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad; Philip Taubman talks about his new book The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Atomic Bomb; the challenge of picking an elementary school as more closures appear imminent; and analysis of yesterday's primaries.

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How the Ninth Circuit Decided to Overturn Prop 8

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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, Dahlia Lithwicksenior editor at Slate, discussed the court ruling on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 and what might happen next.

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David Sanger on Syria

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and a contributor to WNYC, talks about the situation in Syria.  

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Models' Rights

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Sara Ziff, former model and founder of the Model Alliance, the first  workers' rights organization for fashion models, and Susan Scafidi, Fordham Law professor and director of the Law School’s new Fashion Law Institute, talk about the launch of the Model Alliance.

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