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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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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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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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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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State of Manhattan

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, talks about some of his ideas for tax policy and small business assistance in his recent State of the Borough address.

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Solo Life

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Eric Klinenberg, NYU sociologist and author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, discusses why living alone is on the rise--and why it is so appealing.

LISTENERS: Do you live alone? What do you find surprisingly appealing about living solo? Do you feel more plugged-in to the city or not? Tell us the pros and cons of living alone. Call us or comment here!

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What McCarthy Means for Pro-Romney SuperPAC

Tuesday, February 07, 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, Jane Mayer, New Yorker staff writer, discussed the career of Larry McCarthy, one of the most successful negative-ad makers in history, who is now working for the pro-Romney SuperPAC Restore Our Future.

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Screening Room: Larry McCarthy's Greatest Attack Ads

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

On Tuesday, Jane Mayer of the New Yorker joins Brian to discuss the career of Larry McCarthy, perhaps the most successful practitioner of the art of the negative political ad. He's now working for the pro-Romney SuperPAC "Restore Our Future." From Willie Horton to the Newt Gingrich "baggage" ad, here (in chronological order) are some of McCarthy's most notable pieces (that are available online).

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On Your Own

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

More people are living alone than at any point in history. Eric Klinenberg, NYU sociologist and author of the new book Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, discusses why more people live alone and why they’re more likely to be more social than others. Plus: New Yorker staff writer, Jane Mayer, discusses her article about who’s behind the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer talks about the state of the borough and his ideas about tax policy; and a conversation about the new Model Alliance to fight for the rights of fashion models.

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