The New State of Things

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Changes may be in store for the New York State ballot. State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, (D-74) who represents the East Side of Manhattan, talks about legislation he is unveiling today to make the ballot easier to use and harder to misunderstand. Plus: demographer and June monthly guest Andrew Beveridge on the new ethnic neighborhoods in New York City; the state of racial inequality on Long Island; and a look at how food prices will rise in the next 20 years.


Designing Clearer Ballots

Assemblyman from New York's 74th district Brian Kavanagh discusses legislation he is unveiling today to overhaul the NYS ballot, making it easier to read and use correctly. Also joining us is Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, Larry Norden.

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Open Phones: Teaching and Learning in the Heat

It's one thing to sweat over a test, it's another to sweat directly onto the exam. As summer kicks off with a heat wave, we open our phones for teachers and students on how you cope in sweltering classrooms.

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The New Littles: Uzbeks, Liberians, and More

Each Thursday in June, the Brian Lehrer Show and Andrew Beveridge of Social Explorer will discuss New York’s diverse communities - areas of ethnic concentration that are changing quickly or that you may not know about.

Joining us this week is President of the Staten Island Liberian Community Association Telee Brown, PhD candidate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center Bernadette Ludwig, and President and co-founder of the Uzbek Initiative Farkhod Muradov.

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Tackling the Food Crisis

Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, talks about the organization's new report, which says food prices will double within the next 20 years because of climate change and other factors.

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Racial Inequality on Long Island

Elaine Gross, president of E.R.A.S.E. Racism, discusses racial inequality on Long Island and 10 years of working to close racial barriers to equal education and housing.

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Weiner Politics

City Hall News reporter and blogger at The Brooklyn Colin Campbell and New York Observer reporter Azi Paybarah look at the politics, national and local, around the continuing Anthony Weiner scandal.

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