The Unstoppable Man

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using his private money to fight poverty. Joyce Purnick, longtime New York Times political writer and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, talks about New York City when it no longer has a billionaire mayor. Plus: New York Magazine’s John Heilemann on the latest from the 2012 GOP Presidential race; photojournalist Joao Silva on going back to work with prosthetic legs; and how public transportation makes money.

Bloomberg's Private Efforts

Joyce Purnick, WNYC political analyst, longtime New York Times political writer and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's use of private money to fight poverty and to fund Regents testing—and what New York City will do when it no longer has a billionaire mayor.

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The 2012 Republican Race and the Romney-Huntsman Rivalry

John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine, breaks down the latest news from the 2012 Republican presidential race and his cover piece on the history of the Romney-Huntsman rivalry.

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Weak Economy and Plans to Fix it

Annie Lowrey, economy and business reporter for Slate, discusses the stock slide yesterday, the jobs numbers out today, and the various strategies in Europe and the U.S. to fix the weak economy.

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Joao Silva: The Unstoppable Man

Photojournalist Joao Silva talks about adjusting to using prosthetic legs after a 2010 mine explosion in Afghanistan and his plans to compete in the New York City marathon and continue photographing crisis and combat. 

Buy Joao's photos and support his recovery here.

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Transit Systems That Make Money

How does the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway make money, and what can the MTA learn from it? Alex Marshall, senior fellow at the Regional Plan Association, independent journalist and author of How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken and Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities, weighs in.

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Low-Cost Vacation Rental Websites

Laura Michonski, deputy digital editor of Budget Travel Magazine, compares the various vacation rental housing websites.

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