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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Retired businessman, Bob Turner, the Republican candidate running for the seat vacated by former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner, makes his case to Brooklyn and Queens voters in District 9. Plus, writer Seth Mnookin looks at how the New York Times became what he says is “the last great paper standing;” and how the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lost nearly 2,000 weapons in Mexico.

Turner for NY-9

Bob Turner, Republican candidate in the September 13 special election, talks about his run as the Republican candidate to replace Anthony Weiner as Representative for New York's 9th Congressional district.

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F.A.A. Funding Impasse

Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for the Takeaway, talks about the failure of Congress to fund the F.A.A., grounding long-term projects.

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Beyond the Paywall

Seth Mnookin, contributor to New York Magazine, a former senior writer for Newsweek where he covered media, politics, and popular culture, and the author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear, looks at how The New York Times became "the last great paper standing," as discussed in this week's New York Magazine cover story.

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Fury at ATF Over Mexican Gun Sting

Hearings this week are investigating a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms program to sell guns to individuals buying on behalf of Mexican drug cartels. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson discusses how the "Fast and Furious" sting operation went awry.

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Teacher Tenure Rates

Subject to tougher guidelines in the city, tenure for teachers is no longer a given. Beth Fertig, senior WNYC education reporter, discusses the new standards and the subsequent drop in the tenure rate from 99% to 58% in the last five years. 

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Male Contraceptives

New York Times reporter Pam Belluck discusses medical advances toward a male contraceptive and the social impact it could have.

Listeners: Is this an attractive option? Men: Would you take it? Women: Would you want him to? Call us or comment here!

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