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Feedback: Cutting the Purse Strings

Thursday, December 16, 2004

I am a thirty-something classical musician and single. While I am not particularly well-off, I am financially independent and fiscally responsible and relatively comfortable. However, my parents continue to give me money and won't allow me to turn it down despite my protestations. It makes me feel dependent and needy, which I don't enjoy, but it seems to make them feel better and more secure.
-JS

I myself couldn’t wait to get out of the house as I longed for my independence, but do you think this idea that children must move out is a very American concept? In Europe, extended family situations are much more common, and kids will live at home until their late 20’s, early 30’s sometimes.
-SM

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Recount Update

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Hear John Conyers discuss his concerns over voter irregularities in Ohio on today's show. in the meantime, read the response letter he received from Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell (and Conyers' response)

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Sidewalk Hawk

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

As the 5th avenue co-op board nears an agreement to rebuild a home for Pale Male and his hawk family, it got some of our listeners wondering why the commoner birds don’t attract the same concern. Why are there rallies for these hawks while pigeons are given short shrift? Here are some opinions.

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I for one DO care about pigeons, and feed them, and it drives me crazy to hear people talking so badly against them. I don’t have time to list all the arguments in this email, but I would ask you to please just acknowledge that not everybody feels the way you and this person who wrote the article apparently do.
-JP

Pigeons are flying rodents. They breed in the space between my apartment building and the building next door. They crap all over the place, and that's a source of disease. Why the city doesn't go after them -- and their cousins, the crawling rodents, aka rats -- is beyond me.
-JS

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Them's Fightin' Words

Monday, December 13, 2004

The New Republic Editor, Peter Beinart, sparked a debate last week when he urged Democrats to embrace a new liberalism. In his piece last week, and in a recent follow-up, Beinart compares the current war on terror to the cold war of 1947. He says “the struggle ...

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"Mullygrubs"

Friday, December 10, 2004

We devoted time today for listeners to weigh in on their feelings about the Christmas holidays. Inspired by NYT columnist Maureen Dowd’s complaints (registration required) about the so-called “mullygrubs,” we thought we’d give listeners the chance to air their grievances. Here are some selected email responses.

To activate the feelings, we played some classic Christmas songs. Let us know how yuletide music makes you feel.

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Recount Update

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Our series on questions over voter irregularities continues this morning. We'll speak to Will Doherty from Verifiedvoting.org about problems with electronic voting. The latest news on the Ohio front comes in the form of two letters from DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe and four Democratic Congressmen including Rep. Jerold Nadler of New York. Read on for the two letters...

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In the meantime, you can listen to our past segments on the issue:

UPDATED:
December 15
John Conyers, Congressmember (D- Michigan 14th District)
[read the response letter Rep. Conyers received from Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell (and Conyers' response)]
and
December 15
Bev Harris, Founder of Blackboxvoting.org

December 8
Will Doherty, Executive Director of the Verified Voting Foundation

December 1
Bill Cohen, reporter in the Ohio Public Radio TV Statehouse News Bureau
and
Jon Craig, statehouse reporter for the Columbus Dispatch

November 17
Miles Rapoport, President of the think tank Demos and former Connecticut Secretary of State

November 12
David Corn, Washington Editor of The Nation, and FOX News Channel contributor
and
Thom Hartmann, nationally syndicated radio host
and
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-8th Congressional District

November 5
Miles Rapoport, President of the think tank Demos and former Connecticut Secretary of State and Bill Cohen, reporter in the Ohio Public Radio TV Statehouse News
and
November 5
Greg Palast investigative journalist

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With friends like these....

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf is on his way home, he made a landmark trip to Latin America this month, and now he is wrapping up a two day visit in the United Kingdom. It is in London where he has made some waves, in an interview ...

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Another Tight Race

Thursday, December 02, 2004

The undecided races for mayor of San Diego and governor of Washington State have gotten a lot of attention recently. But for many New Yorkers, the empty seat to watch belongs to the Governor of Puerto Rico.

When election workers stopped counting votes on the night of November ...

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The Rules of Engagement

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

What's your pet peeve in the subway? Pole-huggers? Nail clippers? Fast food eaters?

Or do you think there's too little freedom in the subway? Do you want to be able to ride in between cars, or smoke on the platform?

The MTA is considering several major revisions to ...

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World AIDS Day

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

In 1981 the first cases of HIV/AIDS were reported by the CDC. It wasn't till 1984 that the virus was isolated and identified. Twenty four years later we are still far away from a cure. Tomorrow marks the 17th commemoration of World AIDS day.

UNAIDS focuses on one ...

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Can Independents Make It?

Monday, November 29, 2004

For the first time since Barnes and Noble's superstores took Manhattan by storm in the mid 1990s, a big new independent bookstore is opening.

The conventional wisdom says independents can only survive if they carve out a niche (gay, women's, arts, etc). McNally Robinson, a family-owned chain with outlets ...

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FOIA Sins

Friday, November 19, 2004

The Federal Communications Committee is in the headlines again this week with its criticism of ABC over their “steamy” promotion for “Desperate Housewives” before Monday Night Football. Chairman Michael Powell said he found the news "disappointing" and the network issued an apology. The promo skit ...

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Licensed to Bike

Thursday, November 18, 2004

According to Transportation Alternatives as many as 112,000 adult New Yorkers ride their bikes on any given day and up to 2 million New Yorkers own bicycles. With so many of us on two wheels City Councilwoman Madeline Provenzano has proposed a licensing scheme. Under her plan anyone ...

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American Abu Ghraib?

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Tune in to the show tomorrow to hear NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling report on the abuse of immigrants in American jails. Focusing on two prisons in New Jersey, Zwerdling discovered a pattern of abuse, including physical assault and the use of dogs to terrorize detainees, dating back to the mid ...

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Love means never having to say you're sorry

Monday, November 15, 2004

Some blue Americans have been trying very hard to channel their anger/ sadness into something positive and so sorryeverybody was born. As the word has spread within the blogosphere the site has been flooded by countless photographs of Americans very apologetic over George Bush's election victory. And thankfully those ...

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Claims and Counter Claims

Friday, November 12, 2004

At least Three reports in national newspapers tackled the issue of voter fraud in the presidential election this week. In a sign internet stories have a stronger chance of simmering into the mainstream these days, all three tell the story of blogs charging conspiracy theories along with others charging against the charges. In a world of many internets, it’s hard to keep track of all the claims and counter-claims so we've compiled a list of sites weighing in. The difference between the liberal blogs is notable (with some calls for Kerry to "unconcede" and others saying just deal with it), but the conservatives are not surprisingly unequivocal

Read the list

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Netherlands

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Tomorrow on the show we will look into the murder of the Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh, which has shocked the tiny European nation known for its deep level of tolerance. Things may be changing there as this is the second public assassination in as many years. ...

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Dawkins Reading at B&N

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Richard Dawkins will be giving a reading at Barnes & Noble Upper West Side on 2289 Broadway, at 82nd St New York NY 10024 this evening (11/9/2004) at 7:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by his wife, actress Lalla Ward.

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Expressing McGreevance

Monday, November 08, 2004

New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey was heavy on the apologies when he gave his farewell address today. He emphasized he was not, apologizing for “being a gay American,” but for letting his “personal feelings impact my decision-making.” In a bid to leave on a high note (albeit prematurely), ...

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Did Kerry Win Ohio?

Friday, November 05, 2004

Journalist Greg Palast thinks so. Here is his article at Tom Paine.com and a link to his website.

Let us know what you think.

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