Throwing Their Weight Around

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Both Sarah Palin and Mayor Michael Bloomberg threw their support behind different candidates this election season. Joyce Purnick looks at how those candidates did at the polls. Plus: What did the exit polls show about what people meant with their vote?; post-election reflections from political road trippers; and a look at the most expensive races and last-minute money this election season. Also: the first installment in the November series about food and the city.

Political Road Trippers Reflect on the Election

Now that the election is over, Joe Klein, TIME political columnist, Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, and Farai Chideya, host of Pop + Politics reflect on their political road trips around the country.

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Palin vs. Bloomberg Endorsement Report Card

Sarah Palin and Michael Bloomberg each endorsed candidates all around the country this election season. Joyce Purnick, longtime New York Times political writer and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, and Shushannah Walshe, senior reporter for The Daily Beast and co-author of Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar, take a look at how those candidates did and what impact the endorsements may have had.

»» See an Endorsement Map, Report Card, and Add Your Thoughts at It's A Free Country

Food and the City: On the Farm

Brooklyn writer Melanie Rehak looks at the sometimes-complicated process of feeding New Yorkers in her book, Eating for Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid.  Each week in November she shares what she's learned -- this week: the farm. 

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What the Exit Polls Teach Us

Jon Cohen, polling director for the Washington Post, discusses what exit polls tell us about how and why people voted, and how that compares to recent analysis.

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Taking Comptroll of Albany

Thomas DiNapoli (D) talks about being elected as comptroller and his agenda for his first full term in office.

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Follow the (Campaign) Money

Paul Blumenthal, senior writer for the Sunlight Foundation, offers a post-election look at campaign funding during this election and addresses PACs, the most expensive races, and last-minute money.

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The Great Urban Hack

John Keefe, WNYC's senior executive producer for news, talks about this weekend's Great Urban Hack, an event to promote the intersection of journalism and technology. The over-night, open-source "hackathon" is being co-sponsored by WNYC. 

Ever think "they should figure out a way to..."? Here's your chance. Tell us what you'd want a bunch of tech nerds to work on to help you be more efficient, more informed and more engaged in New York City Life. Leave your comment below!

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