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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Rafael Cestero discuss the pilot program to turn vacant condos into affordable housing as Cestero also prepares to end his tenure. Plus: TARP funds watchdog Neil Barofsky; the money behind March Madness; Peter Beinart of The Daily Beast on President Obama’s speech on Libya; pre-fab buildings at Atlantic Yards; and a look at the college admissions process.

Affordable Housing in NYC

Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, discusses the pilot program to turn vacant condos into affordable housing.  Rafael Cestero, commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, joins the conversation and discusses the pilot program as well as his tenure as HPD commissioner, which is coming to an end this week.

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TARP Watchdog

Neil Barofsky, departing Special Treasury Dept. Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, talks about his work as the TARP funds watchdog.

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March Madne$$

In the midst of the NCAA Championships, Frontline's film "Money and March Madness," looks into the business of the NCAA and college sports.  Lowell Bergman, Frontline correspondent, producer, and professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, talks about his investigation of all the money being made by college athletic programs and asks if the players shouldn't benefit as well.  The film airs tonight at 9:00pm on PBS.

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Obama on Libya

Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and author of The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, talks about President Obama's speech last night on Libya and on what the future of American military intervention might be.

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Pre-Fab At Atlantic Yards

New York Times reporter Charles Bagli discusses Forest City Ratner's plans to build the world's tallest pre-fab steel structure at Atlantic Yards. Aseem Inam, associate professor of urbanism at Parsons The New School of Design, joins the conversation to discuss pre-fabricated construction from an urban design point of view.

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College Letters

As April 1 approaches, many high school students and their families are waiting to receive a decision letter from a college admissions office.  Jacques Steinberg, education writer for The New York Times, blogger for "The Choice," and author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, offers insight into the college admissions process.

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