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Friday, June 17, 2011

Anthony Weiner (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Long Island Target workers hold a vote today on whether or not to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. The New York Times’ labor reporter Steven Greenhouse discusses the election, as well as other efforts to organize retail workers. Plus: What’s next for Anthony Weiner’s district; and bestselling writer Sarah Vowell and This American Life host Ira Glass preview their upcoming evening of Great Speeches and Outbursts.

Weiner Out, Now What?

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale weighs in on the resignation of Anthony Weiner and what comes next, from special elections to redistricting battles.

→ Add Your Comments on the Weiner Legacy, Read a Recap, and Listen at It's A Free Country

Union Target

Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, talks about today's vote on unionizing by Long Island Target workers and efforts to organize Wal-Mart workers in California.

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Does New York Need a Property Tax Cap?

Governor Cuomo has proposed capping property tax growth at 2%. Heather Briccetti, acting president of the Business Council of New York State, discusses the bill, which the BCNYS supports.

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Greece in Crisis

New York Times European correspondent Rachel Donadio reports on the political and economic crisis in Greece.

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Serving Up Tennis

Tennis aficionados have hundreds of courts to choose from in New York City parks, but many are balking at the cost of permits, which has doubled to $200. Robert Garafola, deputy parks commissioner for management and budget, talks about New Yorkers' tennis options, the rise in court permit fees, and gearing up for summer.

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Speech! Speech!

Bestselling author Sarah VowellThis American Life host Ira Glass, and actor, writer, comedian, and Daily Show correspondent John Oliver round up some "Great Speeches & Other Outbursts" to benefit the education nonprofit 826NYC.

Listeners: what do you think is one of the greatest speeches or public outbursts… of all time? Call in or comment here!

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