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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Supreme Court has been deciding which cases to put on the docket. Emily Bazelon of Slate explains which cases are going to be heard in the election year – including the Arizona immigration law and the health reform law. Then: a dispute over payouts from unused sick time in New Jersey highlights the public employee benefit. Plus: Time Magazine’s person of the year; and big ideas for New York City, including a land bridge to Governor’s Island. 


Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Jim Frederick, TIME International Editor, on the choice of "The Protester" as Time Magazine's Person of the Year. 

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Sick Days in New Jersey

Brigid Callahan Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, explains the negotiation over payouts for unused sick time for public employees in New Jersey and what the purpose of sick leave is. 

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No Cell Phones in Cars?

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended a ban on all cell phone use while driving. Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the NTSB, discusses the decision. And Marcel JustProfessor of Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses what happens to our brains while we talk, text, and update behind the wheel.

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The Supreme Court Goes Big

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate previews the next session of the Supreme Court, which will include Arizona immigration law, Obama's health reform law, and redistricting in Texas. 

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LoLo: Imagining New New York

The head of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia UniversityVishaan Chakrabarti, talks about their idea for connecting Lower Manhattan to Governor's Island, and other big ideas for NYC.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Experience Gifts

In another installment of our group-created Holiday Gift Guide, we open the phones for your ideas on the best experience gifts, from a lesson in cheese making to tango classes.

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