The Power of Self-Control

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Subway riders now have cell service on a few underground subway platforms in Manhattan. Pete Donahue, transportation reporter from the Daily News discusses the newfound cell access for riders. Plus: Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah discusses the trial of John Haggerty and what it has do with Mayor Bloomberg; Sgt. Nathan Harris, the wounded active U.S. Marine featured in the new documentary “Hell and Back Again” and his wife Ashley Harris discuss their new reality; and the neglected power of self-control.

Gov. Christie at the Reagan Library

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, talks about NJ Gov. Chris Christie's speech last night at the Reagan Library. 

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Haggerty Trial: Inside Politics

Reporter Azi Paybarah from discusses the trial of John Haggerty, the man accused of spending the $1 million he was paid by the Bloomberg campaign for "ballot security" on a house.

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Teen Drama

Danah Boyd, senior researcher at Microsoft Research and a research assistant professor at New York University, talks about her research into how teens mask bullying with the label "drama" and resist identifying as victim or perpetrator.  Her recent op-ed in the New York Times: "Bullying as True Drama."

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Cell Phones Come To NYC Subways

The MTA has rolled out cell phone service on six subway stations in Manhattan (see the list here). Pete Donohue of the Daily News discusses the program and what it means for your commute.

Plus: The First Ever Brian Lehrer Show Subway Cell-Service Crowdsource! We're asking you to be on one of the six platforms at 11am to take part in a little experiment. Text PLATFORM to 30644 now, be on a platform by 11, and we'll text you further instructions at 11:01!

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Hell and Back Again

U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris and his wife Ashley Harris, subjects of the documentary "Hell and Back Again," discuss how they dealt with a new reality after Sgt. Harris was wounded in Afghanistan. Plus, the film's director, photojournalist Danfung Dennis, will discuss why he made this film. 

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New York Times columnist John Tierney and the director of the social psychology program at Florida State University, Roy F. Baumeister, explore the neglected power of self-control, new studies that show it can be strengthened like a muscle, and other ideas from their book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

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