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Friday, March 30, 2012

President Barack Obama (Steve Jurvetson/flickr)

The CUNY School of Journalism investigated New York’s worst landlord. Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime Village Voice columnist, and Harold Shultz, senior fellow at the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, discuss the investigation. Plus: Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, discusses President Obama post-Supreme Court arguments on health care reform; author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that science proves there’s no free will; find out what’s included and excluded from the New York State budget; and a conversation about whether we’re really living in a golden age of television.

Politics Week: Transportation Bill, Supreme Court Fallout, More

Melinda Henneberger, anchor blogger for She the PeopleThe Washington Post’s women’s blog, and Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, look back at the week's political news.

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New York's 2012 Budget and the Future of Health Exchanges

Liz Benjamin, blogger and host of "Capitol Tonight", reviews the budget agreement and the fate of health exchanges in New York.

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New York's Worst Landlord

Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, and Harold Shultz, senior fellow at the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and former special counsel at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, discuss CUNY and City Limitsinvestigation into Frank Palazzolo,  the Bronx's "phantom landlord," and how to protect tenants from similar circumstances.  

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The Illusion of Free Will

In his new book Free Will, author Sam Harris says science proves there's no such thing.

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April Fools Prep: Two Truths and One Lie

Usually, on April 1st, we report on a fake story and try to fool you. Unfortunately, April Fools Day lands on a Sunday this year, so instead we'll help train you to tell the difference between a fake story and a real one. Stealing a page from Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and everyone's favorite slumber party game, Brian will read two real items and one made up - you call in and decide which one's which!

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Following Up: Is Television Better Now Than Ever?

Bob Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television and professor of Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University and author of Television in the Antenna Age: A Concise History, follows up the question of whether the quality of television programming is better now than it has ever been, and how we can decide.

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