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Monday, April 23, 2012

A proposed minimum wage raise is making its way through the New York state legislature. Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute and Paul Sonn of the National Employment Law Project debate the plan. Plus, a discussion about the demographic groups being targeted as the 2012 race heats up - from non-college educated women to latinos to voters under 30; and Brooklynite Tracy K. Smith has just won the 2012 Pultizer Prize for poetry.

2012 Election Battleground Voter Groups

Latinos, non-college educated women, voters under 30. Molly Ball, national politics writer for The Atlantic and Jonathan Bernstein, political scientist who runs A Plain Blog About Politics, explain which demographic groups are being targeted as the general election race heats up.

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Open Phones: Young, Healthy and Uninsured

The "individual mandate" in President Obama's health-care reform targets the young, healthy and uninsured. Young people, what do you make of the mandate, and how does it affect the way you assess Obama in this election year? Post here or call 212-433-9692 at 10:20!

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Albany Considers Synthetic Marijuana Bill

Nathan Lents, associate professor of molecular biology and deputy chair at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, explains the difference between marijuana and synthetic cannabis. State legislators are considering a bill to criminalize the synthetic drug.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Rent Control Case

The Supreme Court announced this morning that they will not hear the case of Harmon vs. Kimmel, which sought to question the constitutionality of New York City's rent control laws. Andrew Scherer, professor of Planning Law at Columbia University, discusses what this means for the future of New York City housing.

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New York's Minimum Wage Debate

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, and Paul Sonn, legal co-director of the National Employment Law Project, provide the pros and cons of the New York state legislature's proposed minimum wage increase.

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Pulitzer Poetry Winner Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith, Brooklyn resident and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Life on Mars: Poems, talks about the award and her work writing and teaching poetry.

Show off your poetry!  Tracy K. Smith also teaches at Princeton and she offers this assignment to Brian Lehrer Show listeners:  Write a brief persona poem in the voice of someone in the news lately.  Submit your poem here.

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