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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson is countering charges that the city has gone too far in installing bike lanes. He’ll make the case that protected bike lanes make everyone safer. Plus: New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts, crunches new census numbers; the New Jersey Supreme Court says Governor Christie wrongly cut school aid and famed chef Ferran Adrià talks about training young chefs and what he’ll do after elBulli closes this year.

NJ Schools Supreme Court Showdown

Paul Tractenberg, Rutgers School of Law-Newark professor, talks about the constitutional ramifications of a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that Governor Chris Christie wrongly cut school aid. Steve Adubato, Emmy Award winning broadcaster and author of the book What Were They Thinking,  joins the conversation and talks about the New Jersey Supreme Court decision on $1.6 billion in cuts to school budgets.

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Defining Bike Lanes

Howard Wolfson, NYC deputy mayor for Government Affairs and Communications, and former communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, counters charges that the city has gone too far in installing bike lanes.

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Census Results: Poverty Rate in New York

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, is a weekly guest for the month of March. Each week he talks about the 2010 Census results and what they reveal about Americans and New Yorkers. This week he discusses poverty.

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Open Phones: Do You Support the Libyan Intervention?

The effort to enforce a no-fly-zone in Libya is making for strange political bedfellows here in the US. Neocons and liberal interventionists support the war for different reasons; traditional conservatives and liberals oppose the war for different reasons; and there are all shades of opinions in between. Glenn Thrush, White House reporter for Politico, helps field the calls.

What's your take? Are you surprised at how you've reacted to this war? How does your opinion of this intervention compare to your stance on other military efforts? Let us know!

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Nuclear Power Safety

Robert Alvarez, senior scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies, a multi issue think tank, talks about nuclear power safety concerns and lessons learned from Japan's experience.

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Famed Chef: Ferran Adrià on Training Young Chefs

Ferran Adrià, head chef at legendary restaurant El Bulli and creator of "culinary foam," and Lisa Abend, journalist and author of the new book The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià's El Bulli, discuss the culinary movement Adrià began and the kitchen culture at El Bulli.

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