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Participatory Budgeting Winners

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Four city council districts let constituents decide how to allocate some funds. Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D 39), and Alexa Kasdan, director of research and policy for the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, review the results. Plus Christine Petro, Windsor Terrace resident, and George Sanchez, Cobble Hill resident, talk about their projects that received funding. 

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Syria and Egypt Updates

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic, discusses what's come out of the Arab League and Friends of Syria meetings -- plus the Islamists' influence in Egypt.

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The Real Costs

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

New research estimates that autism costs the nation $126 billion per year. Hear autism researcher Dr. David Mandell discuss the economic costs to families dealing with autism. Plus: Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander discusses the results of his participatory budgeting initiative; the Atlantic’s Steve Clemons updates us on the situation in Syria and Egypt; Daily Beast writer Peter Beinart discusses his new book; and the husband and wife team of David Lamb and Jamillah Lamb present their new relationship guidebook.

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Hidden Talents

Monday, April 02, 2012

Andy Selsberg, former staff writer for The Onion and author of You Are Good at Things: A Checklist, spells out all the ways to feel special, from your talent for "noticing new haircuts" to making "the last half ounce of toothpaste last for a month."

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What We Know About Foxconn

Monday, April 02, 2012

Rob Schmitz, China correspondent of Martketplace, to talk about his recent visit to the Foxconn plant, and answer listener questions about electronics manufacturing in China

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Romney's Endorsements, SCOTUS Fallout, and Other Politics

Monday, April 02, 2012

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, and Juana Summers, national political reporter for POLITICO discuss the news of the week -- from tomorrow's primaries to the effect of the Supreme Court arguments on the 2012 race.

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When God Talks Back

Monday, April 02, 2012

T. M. Luhrmann, psychological anthropologist and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University and author of When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, talks about her book on the science of how evangelicals experience a relationship with God in the brain, and why some connect more through prayer than others.

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Open Phones: How Would You Spend Your Half Billion?

Monday, April 02, 2012

Even if you didn't win big in Friday's record-setting Mega Millions jackpot, we'd like to know: how would spend half a billion dollars if you had? What's the most selfish thing you'd do -- and the most selfless? Buy a car; and start a foundation? Travel the world; then donate to a charity? Give us a call 212-433-9692, or post here!

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Autism Diagnosis Rates on the Rise in New Jersey

Monday, April 02, 2012

Walter Zahorodny, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, discusses the reasons why New Jersey's autism rate is one of the highest in the country, according to a report released last week by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Zahorodny was the lead researcher on the New Jersey portion of the study.

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On The Rise

Monday, April 02, 2012

Autism diagnosis rates are on the rise, and New Jersey has among the highest rates in the country according to a new study. Hear a conversation about why more people are getting diagnosed, and why New Jersey may be leading the pack in terms of accurate reporting. Plus: Todd Zwillich, the Takeaway’s Washington correspondent, discusses Gov. Romney’s endorsements and how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the presidential race; a conversation about the brain science behind one’s relationship with God; former Onion writer Andy Selsberg on why you should feel special; and a call-in for you to tell us what you’d do with half a billion dollars.

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New York's Worst Landlord

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, and Harold Shultz, senior fellow at the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and former special counsel at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, discuss CUNY and City Limitsinvestigation into Frank Palazzolo,  the Bronx's "phantom landlord," and how to protect tenants from similar circumstances.  

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Following Up: Is Television Better Now Than Ever?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bob Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television and professor of Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University and author of Television in the Antenna Age: A Concise History, follows up the question of whether the quality of television programming is better now than it has ever been, and how we can decide.

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New York's 2012 Budget and the Future of Health Exchanges

Friday, March 30, 2012

Liz Benjamin, blogger and host of "Capitol Tonight", reviews the budget agreement and the fate of health exchanges in New York.

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Politics Week: Transportation Bill, Supreme Court Fallout, More

Friday, March 30, 2012

Melinda Henneberger, anchor blogger for She the PeopleThe Washington Post’s women’s blog, and Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, look back at the week's political news.

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The Illusion of Free Will

Friday, March 30, 2012

In his new book Free Will, author Sam Harris says science proves there's no such thing.

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April Fools Prep: Two Truths and One Lie

Friday, March 30, 2012

Usually, on April 1st, we report on a fake story and try to fool you. Unfortunately, April Fools Day lands on a Sunday this year, so instead we'll help train you to tell the difference between a fake story and a real one. Stealing a page from Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and everyone's favorite slumber party game, Brian will read two real items and one made up - you call in and decide which one's which!

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Cream of the Crop

Friday, March 30, 2012

The CUNY School of Journalism investigated New York’s worst landlord. Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime Village Voice columnist, and Harold Shultz, senior fellow at the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, discuss the investigation. Plus: Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, discusses President Obama post-Supreme Court arguments on health care reform; author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that science proves there’s no free will; find out what’s included and excluded from the New York State budget; and a conversation about whether we’re really living in a golden age of television.

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What Is A Museum?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

James Panero, art critic and managing editor of The New Criterion, discusses his new piece and how the idea of a museum has changed over the last several generations.

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After the Supreme Court Arguments

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ezra Klein, columnist at The Washington Post and Newsweek, talks about what happens now that the Supreme Court has heard arguments in the Affordable Healthcare Act case, and what it means for policy and politics in 2012

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Deep Sleep: Sleep and Your Health

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Each Thursday in March, Alice Park, Time Magazine staff writer who covers health and medicine, talks about sleep. Today: how sleep can impact your overall health.

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