What’s in a Seat?

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Can the seating chart at the State of the Union bring civility back to Washington?  Senator Mark Udall from Colorado explains his call for members of Congress not to sit in party blocs during tonight’s speech.  Plus: a debate on where new schools should be placed and what happens when they are located in and around pre-existing schools; and film critics Dana Stevens and A.O. Scott run down the new Oscar-nominated films. 

Non-Partisan Seating

Mark Udall, U.S. Senator from Colorado (D), talks about his call for members of Congress not to sit in party blocs during the President's State of the Union address tonight.

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Open Phones: Political Chat Roulette

Listeners from opposing sides of the political spectrum call in, pair up, and ask each other questions, in the spirit of the new bipartisan State of The Union seating arrangements.

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The New Mafia

William Rashbaum, New York Times reporter, talks about where the modern Mafia make their money.

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School Room

Robert Jackson, City Council member (D-7)and chair of the education committee, and Eva Moskowitz, CEO of the Success Charter Network and a former New York City Council member, discuss the often contentious issue of finding space for new schools within existing buildings.

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The Remaking of the President

John Heilemann, national political columnist for New York Magazine, discusses his cover story this week on the rapid overhaul of Obama's Presidency.

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Oscar Nods

A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times, and Dana Stevens, film critic and co-host of Culture Gabfest  for, review today's Oscar nominations.

Listeners: Who got snubbed? What movie, actor, or director should have gotten nominated but didn't. Call in or comment here!

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