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NYS Budget Pushback; NSA Updates; Twitter Co-Founder; Scott Stringer

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Some on the left side of the political spectrum are unhappy with aspects of New York State’s new budget. Karen Scharff of the Working Families Party and James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute share their critiques. Plus: an update to our running list of what the NSA can do to monitor communication and data; Twitter co-founder Biz Stone talks about how his creativity led him to create such popular Internet mainstays as Blogger and Twitter; And New York City comptroller Scott Stringer talks about the uneven distribution of arts education resources in schools around the city.

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How Artist-Friendly is Your Neighborhood?

Monday, April 07, 2014

Inspired by a piece in The New York Times this weekend, "Last Bohemian Turns Out the Lights", we're starting the show today with an artist's census. What's your neighborhood like for you? What do you do to support your art, and what do you need to get more support? 

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Micropolis: The Color of Skin

Monday, April 07, 2014

Millions of women around the world use skin-lightening creams. Arun Venugopal, WNYC reporter, discusses the different attitudes towards cosmetics and race and his reporting for the new series, Micropolis.

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Late Night TV Changes

Monday, April 07, 2014

David Letterman announced he'll retire from the Late Show sometime next year. Matt Zoller Seitz, TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com and Editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com, discusses the talk-show host's place in the history of late night TV, his comedic innovations and takes your (non-traditional) suggestions on who might replace Letterman.

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The CIA Torture Report You'll Finally (Maybe) Get to Read

Monday, April 07, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to release the massive report detailing Bush-era interrogation techniques. The White House still has to approve it, though - Karen Greenberg, head of Fordham's Center on National Security, discusses what we know and can expect.

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NYC and the Arts; Skin Lightening Around the World; American Presidents and Big Banks; Letterman’s Retirement

Monday, April 07, 2014

A long report on Bush-era interrogation techniques may soon become public. Karen Greenberg, head of Fordham's Center on National Security, discusses what to expect. Plus: NYC and arts incubation; the use of skin-lightening creams around the world and what it says about race; the symbiotic relationship between American presidents and big banks; and your suggestions for David Letterman’s replacement since he announced plans to retire in 2015. 

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Wall Street and Washington

Monday, April 07, 2014

Nomi Prins, senior fellow at Demos, former investment banker and author of All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power (Nation Books, 2014), looks back over the last century at the "symbiotic" relationship between American presidents and the banks.

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Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, April 04, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

Solving Sleep Problems (First) | The Secret World of Bodega Cats (Starts at 26:35) | Bette Midler (Starts at 45:55)

If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

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Vets Come Home With "Moral Injuries" Too

Friday, April 04, 2014

David Wood, Pulitzer Prize-winning senior military correspondent for Huffington Post, talks about his reporting on veterans and the idea of "moral injury" and what part that might have played in the recent shooting at Ft. Hood.

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In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Friday, April 04, 2014

What's so bad about being overly involved? Alfie Kohn, author of 12 books, including The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2014), takes issue with the view that today's children are entitled.

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Fixing the Port Authority

Friday, April 04, 2014

In the wake of the "Bridgegate" scandal, the governors of NY and NJ have suggested restructuring the Port Authority that oversees big regional infrastructure projects. Hugh O'Neill, president of Appleseed (an economic development consulting firm based in NYC) and a former assistant executive director of the Port Authority (1985-1991), talks about the report he and NYU's Mitchell Moss put together that argues the problem is not mismanagement or politics, but the business model that funds revenue-free projects requiring hefty toll increases.

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Moral Injury; Non-Traditional Taxes; The Myth of Spoiled Children

Friday, April 04, 2014

David Wood, senior military correspondent for the Huffington Post, discusses the concept of moral injury, and whether it may have played a role in the recent shooting at Fort Hood. Plus: an argument against the way Port Authority projects are funded; non-traditional tax questions; the myth of spoiled children; and Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon sums up the debate surrounding high frequency trading and Michael Lewis’ new book about the tactic.   

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Non-Traditional Tax Questions

Friday, April 04, 2014

With April 15th approaching, Shelly Goch, CPA with Adeptus Partners LLC, specializes in taxes for non-traditional families -- gay marriages, non-married partners, plus artists and foreign nationals working in NYC.

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The High Frequency High Frequency Trading Debate

Friday, April 04, 2014

Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, explains the debate and the backlash - and the backlash to the backlash - about Flash Boys, Michael Lewis' new book about high-frequency trading.

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A Modest Proposal: Tax the Childless

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Reihan Salam, columnist for Slate and lead writer of the Agenda for the National Review, argues that the tax code should be made friendlier to parents -- and that people without kids should pay more to help them out. He'll make his case and take your calls.

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Opt Out? Opt In?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Reportedly, more parents chose to have their children sit out the state ELA exams this week than did last year.  If your kids took the exam, did you consciously "opt in"?  If you opted out, how would you like to see schools held to account for preparing their students to do college level work after graduation? 

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Puerto Rico's Problems

Thursday, April 03, 2014

There's been a major wave of migration from Puerto Rico since 2006, and the island is dealing with high levels of crime and unemployment. Carlos Vargas-Ramos, research associate from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, explains what's going on and takes your calls if you've recently moved from Puerto Rico or have friends and family there.

 

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Big Ugly Review

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Larry Schwartz, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), goes through the details of the "Big Ugly" -- New York's annual budget for the fiscal year that started 4/1 -- plus what's expected before the end of the legislative session.

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Shaun Donovan on Rebuild By Design

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New York City is set to launch the proposals for the post-Sandy Rebuild by Design project. Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, discusses the project and what comes next to help the area recover -- and prevent the next disaster.

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SCOTUS Rules for Big Donors

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Nicholas Confessore, politics reporter for the New York Times covering lobbying and campaign finance, explains the details of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down some limits on federal campaign finance donations, and what it means for the influence of large donors in politics.

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