Leveling The Playing Field

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Barack Obama shakes the hands of tourists visiting the Lincoln Memorial during a surprise visit a day after budget negotiations with Congress prevented a government shutdown April 9, 2011

There’s an agreement in Washington on the federal budget, but the local congressional delegation is not all supportive of the deal. Hear Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 8) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 14) lay out how the New York City metropolitan region would be affected under this budget. Plus: a debate about the future of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage; sex workers on Long Island; when to give up your court appeal; and Gerald Early on African Americans and sports.

Spending Bill: Local Effects

Bill Pascrell, U.S. Congressman (D-NJ 8) and member of the House Budget Committee and Ways and Means Committee, and Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. Congresswoman (D-NY 14), talk about the federal spending bill's effects on NY and NJ. 

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Long Island Serial Killer

New York Times police bureau chief Al Baker talks about the ongoing investigation off Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach in Long Island where police have discovered the remains of ten people. Crystal DeBoise, director of social services at the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, joins the conversation and talks about how sex workers are often the victims of serial killers and how their place in society makes them vulnerable to violence.

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When To Appeal?

The Winklevoss twins keep suing over Facebook, but sometimes long-term lawsuits pay off. Jami Floyd, legal analyst, sometime guest host for the Brian Lehrer Show, and IAFC blogger, fields calls about what goes into decisions about when to sue, when to appeal, and when to give up the case.

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30-Year Fixed Rate: Yea or Nay

David Min, associate director for financial markets policy at the Center for American Progress, and Michael Lea, director of the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate College of Business Administration San Diego State University and the former chief economist at Freddie Mac, debate whether the 30-year fixed rate mortgage should be preserved or become a thing of the past.

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Open Phones: Gas Prices

Listeners: The average price of gas in the tri-state area is approaching $4 a gallon. How are gas prices affecting your behavior? Call us up or comment here!

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A Level Playing Field

Gerald L. Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in the English Department and director of the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses his new book of essays, A Level Playing Field: African American Athletes and the Republic of Sports.

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