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One-seat ride

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Today’s show took us out to Long Island. We talked with WNYC’s own Andrea Bernstein, as well as Bruce Lambert, Long Island correspondent of The New York Times, discussing Governor Pataki’s formal request to President Bush to re-allocate several billion dollars in

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The other island with a 212 area code

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Development within our city limits is always contemptuous. In the last year the fate of the Far West Side, Downtown Brooklyn and the Atlantic Yards has ruffled a lot of feathers. But talk about development of Governors Island has been lost in the crowd of sports ...

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What comes around goes around

Monday, June 28, 2004

Callers to the show today felt that Republicans visiting here for the convention will need to get out and about in New York City. Although, one thought it highly unlikely that conventioneers from outside of the Northeast region would feel safe enough to explore "Sodom and Gomorrah." It's ...

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Moore the Merrier?

Friday, June 25, 2004

Whether to rebroadcast an old program is often a tough call. Is the program still topical? If people have heard it before, will they want to listen again?

In the case of our "Culture Storm" taping from last May, we knew the discussion on "life and politics in the election ...

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Building Blocks

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Daniel Libeskind defended himself from New York Time's writer Robin Pogrebin's article "The Incredible Shrinking Daniel Libeskind." Mr. Libeskind's design for the World Trade Center has whittled down as has his influence since Larry Silverstein flexed his muscles and hired David Childs from Skidmore, ...

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The Treatment

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Today we discussed the treatment of detainees in both Iraq and Afghanistan with Julian Barnes and Chitra Ragavan from US News and World Report. The conversation about detainees continued with Seymour Hersh from The New Yorker. Both conversations referred to the President Bush's order which can be read here.

Text of order signed by President Bush on Feb. 7, 2002, outlining treatment of al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees:

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The pen is mightier...

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Joe Klein had some choice words for New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani. Kakutani wrote a rather scathing review of Bill Clinton’s memoir My Life(Knopf2004). The review appeared in Sunday’s Times on the front cover and has become news in itself. Klein’s feeling ...

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Said the pot to the kettle

Monday, June 21, 2004

Opponents of the mayor’s plans to build a football stadium for the Jets on the far west side of Manhattan include the owners of Madison Square Garden and Cablevision, James and Charles Dolan. They are among the elected officials, business leaders and civic groups who make ...

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A Walk in the Park

Friday, June 18, 2004

Should protesters at the August GOP convention in New York be allowed to gather on the Sheep Meadow in Central Park?

The question has been fodder for some shrill tabloid headlines, but on the show today United for Peace & Justice's Leslie Cagan struck a more conciliatory note, ...

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Terror in the Air, Chaos on the Ground

Friday, June 18, 2004

Staff Report No. 17, issued today by the 9/11 Commission provides the most complete timeline to date on the airline hijackings of September 11, 2001, and the federal government's response.

Among its findings:

>there were serious communications deficiencies between government officials on the morning of 9/11, and at ...

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My Two Dads

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Seven years ago, before reality shows like "Newlyweds" and "Nip/Tuck" made intimate details about ordinary people's lives available to the general public, documentarian Murray Nossel began gathering some remarkable footage from the lives of a gay male couple who were trying to have a baby.

That footage has ...

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The Buzz on Lariam

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

On his second night on deployment in Iraq last September, Staff Sgt. Georg-Andreas Pogany saw a mutilated corpse and suffered a breakdown. He reports that the following morning his body was shaking, he vomited repeatedly, and began doubt his ability to complete his mission. A few weeks later, Pogany was ...

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Only Irish Need Apply

Monday, June 14, 2004

40 million Americans claim Irish descent, and many of them can also claim Irish citizenship. That's because Irish law grants the grandchild of any Irish citizen the automatic right to become Irish too. For many years, it was a sentimental gesture of little real value to anyone.

But today, with one of the best economies in Europe, Ireland has become a magnet for immigrants from Eastern Europe and Asia. A country of net emigration has become a hot immigration destination, and the children of those immigrants born in Ireland have been considered Irish under the law.

Until last Sunday. That's when a majority of Irish voted to do away with "birthright" citizenship and impose a system closer to the European norm, where linguistic ability and the intention to reside in the country must be proven.

On the show today, we discussed the matter with Carol Coulter, legal affairs correspendent for the Irish Times. While many of our listeners thought the move churlish, others felt a small country like Ireland had to do something to protect its traditions. Listener feedback.

On the show tomorrow: British Muslim comedienne Shazi Mirza.

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The Great Communicator

Friday, June 11, 2004

Please take a look at our extended blog entry, we have compiled some of your emails honoring Ray Charles.

Be sure to email us your response.

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Alarming

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

One of the aspects not mentioned in analysis of the Mayor’s noise control proposal seems to be the one thing most of our listeners want addressed: car alarms. During our discussion of the bill today, many listeners weighed in on this aural bane of NYC living. Some pointed to the notion that car alarms do nothing in the way of theft deterrence, merely attacking the ear drums of innocent bystanders. Others said they witnessed car stereo thieves at work, completely unfazed by the blaring alarm. In fact, the City Council holds hearings on the matter tomorrow. Here are some selected emails on the matter, including listener opinions on Mister Softee trucks.

Be sure to email us your response.

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Interrogations

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The Wall Street Journal has posted the document, "The Working Group Report on Detainee Interrogations on the Global War on Terrorism"

We will be talking about this in today's interview with author James Bamford.

Email us your thoughts

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Aspiration and Aggravation

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Here's a question that apparently occupies a lot of our listeners (and emailers): why has the United States never had a successful, durable of economic populist movement, similar to European socialism?

New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks he has the answer: the United States is an aspirational society, ...

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Chelsea Clinton's September 11th experience

Monday, June 07, 2004

On our show last Friday, Dick Morris said Hillary Clinton is lying in saying her daughter Chelsea was near the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Senator Clinton made the comments in an interview she gave a week after the attacks and Morris says Chelsea contradicted her mother in her own article five months later. The former aide to President Clinton and now syndicated columnist uses this to attack the Senator’s credibility.

But on closer inspection of both Clinton’s accounts, the truth is a little more nuanced. Chelsea wrote that she was watching television in a Union Square apartment when the planes hit, but was in the World Trade Center’s vicinity when they actually collapsed. Senator Clinton seemed to indicate Chelsea was there “when the planes hit,” seemingly confusing this with the event that happened an hour later.

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The Nixon-RFK Question

Friday, June 04, 2004

Is Senator Clinton more like former President Richard Nixon or former Senator Robert F. Kennedy? That's the question that's bugging political consultant Dick Morris. Morris, of course, advised for Mrs. Clinton's husband when he was President. Now he has a book out, ...

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House Cleaning

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Thomas Suozzi can be considered a political maverick. He is the youngest person to be elected as Nassau County’s Executive, the first democrat to be elected to the position in 30 years and only the second in the history of the county. His constituents elected him to clean up ...

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