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Deep Sleep: Sleeping Pills

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Each Thursday in March, Alice Park, Time Magazine staff writer who covers health and medicine, talks about sleep. Today: a new study about the risks of sleeping pills.

Listeners: What other sleep issues would you like to hear about as part of this series? Tell us your suggestions for future segments on sleep. Comment here!

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Andrea Mitchell on Politics

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, discusses national politics.

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Olympic Hopefuls: John Orozco

Thursday, March 01, 2012

John Orozco, Bronx gymnast, talks about his efforts to make the US Olympic team in gymnastics.

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Bending Over Backwards

Thursday, March 01, 2012

New York City Comptroller John Liu’s campaign treasurer was arrested and charged with federal corruption. Bob Hennelly, WNYC contributing editor for politics and investigations, discusses Liu’s political future. Plus: MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell discusses presidential politics and foreign affairs; a new series on the complexities of sleep with Time magazine’s Alice Park; and Bronx gymnast and 2012 Olympic hopeful John Orozco.

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State of New York Courts

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the state of New York, talks about his plans for a separate youth court and to settle foreclosure cases.

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The End of Illness

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dr. David Agus, professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, talks about his book, The End of Illness  (Free Press, 2012), in which he argues for a systemic view of our bodies in order to avoid all illness - including cancer.

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Leap Day Politics

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country politics reporter, and John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine and author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, look at the Michigan and Arizona primary results.  

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Olympic Hopefuls: Delilah DiCrescenzo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Delilah DiCrescenzo discusses competing to make the U.S. Olympic team for the women's 3000 meters steeplechase.

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Who Needs College?

Wednesday, February 29, 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, Rick Santorum says that wanting every American to go to college makes President Obama a "snob." Jennifer Cohen, senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, discussed what a college education means today.

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On a High Horse

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

After GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum called President Obama a “snob” for wanting every American to go to college, we check in on what a college education means today. Jennifer Cohen of the New America Foundation’s Higher Ed Program explains. Plus: election returns from the Arizona and Michigan contests with It’s A Free Country politics reporter Anna Sale. Then, Dr. David Agus on “The End of Illness”; Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the State of New York; and Delilah DiCrescenzo, who competes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, on her Olympic hopes.

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Inside the Fukushima Meltdown

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dan Edge, writer, producer, and director of the new FRONTLINE documentary "Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown," which airs on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 10 P.M. ET on PBS, discusses his new documentary about the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a year after the earthquake and tsunami.

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Following Up: Bullying and Violence

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Following up this morning's listener suggestion, Slate's Emily Bazelon and Jessie Klein, author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools look at the links between bullying and violence, from school shootings to teen suicides.  Are we too quick to assign motives?

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Why You Should Care About Redistricting

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dick Dadey, president of Citizens Union, joins us to discuss the latest twists and turns in the redistricting battle, and why Governor Cuomo's veto threat isn't working.

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Open Phones: What's in the News?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The lines are open for your calls on headlines and news stories that caught your eye. Listeners, call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692 or leave a comment here to nominate a piece of news at 10:25 this morning. Later in the show, we'll follow up on one of these listener-nominated stories -- so be sure to listen at 11:40!

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Teachers' Value

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer of the New York City Department of Education, talks about the recent release of Teacher Data Reports and how to calculate "value-added" for teachers.

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David Sanger on the Obama Doctrine

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and contributor to WNYC, discusses the Obama doctrine--and how it applies to Syria, Iran, and Israel. 

David Sanger chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and 
contributor to WNYCchief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and contributor to WNYC, discusses the Obama Doctrine--and how it applies to Syria, Iran, and Israel.
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Calculating Risk

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and WNYC contributor, David Sanger, describes what he sees as the Obama Doctrine—and where the complicated situations in Syria, Iran and Israel fit in. Plus: We’ll talk to the producer of a new Frontline documentary about the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi complex in Japan almost a year later; a NYC Department of Education official on the Teacher Data Reports; and the redistricting battle in Albany.

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Plants and the Warm Winter Weather

Monday, February 27, 2012

Last week we opened the phones for listeners whose business was adversely affected by the warm winter weather. Today we talk about the impact on plants and flowers with Kristen Schleiter, curator of outdoor gardens at the New York Botanical Garden. How is your garden doing? Are you a farmer worried about your crops? Let us know!

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Ben Smith Previews The Week in Politics

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed and political columnist for Politico, sets the week in politics, from Romney's tax plan to tomorrow's primaries in Michigan and Arizona.

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Parents React to Teacher Ratings

Monday, February 27, 2012

Robert Gebeloff, New York Times database projects editor, talks about what parents can and should take away from the release of the ratings reports of roughly 18,000 public school teachers.

»» On Schoolbook: What Do You Think of the Decision to Release Data?

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