Cracking Down

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Friday, January 21, 2011

New York City is cracking down on bicyclists who don’t follow the traffic rules. Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, discusses what the rules actually are and what cyclists and everyone else should know about the new crackdown. Plus: Chinese president Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jeff Yang’s take on “Tiger Mothers”; and how to unleash your practical wisdom.

Bike Crackdown

Paul Steely White, executive director of bicycle advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, talks about the city's new crackdown on cyclists who break traffic laws and goes over what riders need to know about cycling traffic regulations in the city.

Cyclists: call in and test your knowledge on bicycle traffic laws in our true/false quiz!

Need to brush up on New York City's bike laws? You can find a guide to the rules here and (courtesy of Transportation Alternatives) here.

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Open Phones: Revolution Tunisian Style Now!

Listeners with Arab roots: do you feel a sense of excitement about what's happening in Tunisia? Call in and tell us what it means to you!

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Healthy Food and Wal-Mart

Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs and government relations for Wal-Mart, talks about the company's new healthy food initiative and its continued campaign to open up a store in New York City.

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Practical Wisdom

Barry Schwartz, professor of psychology at Swarthmore College, author of The Paradox of Choice, and now the co-author of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, joins fellow co-author Kenneth Sharpe, professor of political science at Swarthmore College, to talk about the need to put politics aside in our everyday interactions and how we should base our personal and professional decisions on something more innate: empathy, intellect, and experience.

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The Chinese Economy

William Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, joins Sheryl WuDunn, investment advisor, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist formerly with the New York Times, and the co-author with husband Nicholas Kristof of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, to discuss the Chinese economy in light of President Hu's state visit

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The Tiger Mother in Hu

Jeff Yang, "Asian Pop" columnist for and trend forecaster for market research firm Iconoculture, weighs in on the debate over so-called Tiger Mothers, or what he refers to as "Crazy Asian Mom parenting," and relates it to Chinese president Hu's recent visit to the White House.

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