A Helping Hand

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Much is being made of President Obama saying that business owners "didn't build that." Seth Pinsky of the New York City Economic Development Corporation explains what government resources go into helping people start businesses. Then, Heidi Moore of Marketplace on the Facebook revenue report; what we know about Mitt Romney's upcoming trip to Israel; a call-in for immigrants on who they're watching in the Olympics; and everything you've ever needed to know about marijuana legalization.

Romney in Israel

Mitt Romney is in the midst of a week-long trip to Europe and the Middle East. Zev Chafets, journalist and author of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One, talks about the GOP nominee's planned visit to Israel.

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Open Phones: Starting a Business

President Obama's "you didn't build that" comment has sparked a conversation about the role of government in private business. We want to hear directly from business owners about how they got their start. Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, helps field the calls.

Listeners: Call us if you started a business--big or small--and tell us the story of how you did it. How do you view government support for entrepreneurs like you? What would you want to see more of or less of? 212-433-9692, or post here!

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Wall Street's Week: Facebook, Big Banks

Heidi Moore, New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace, discusses the Facebook revenue report and what it tells us about the success or failure of its recent IPO, plus what it would take to reimpose Glass-Steagall, like Sanford Weill suggested.

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Open Phones: How Immigrants Are Watching the Olympics

From Indian air rifle champs to Hungarian water polo domination, immigrants in NYC are rooting for their home country athletes. We're joined by:

  • Roopa Unnikrishnan, Indian New Yorker and air rifle gold medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth games, to discuss Abhinav Bindra, a shooter from India who is a favorite at the London games
  • Peter Felvegi, Hungarian New Yorker, water polo player and coach, to discuss Hungary's top-ranked water polo team.

Are you an immigrant New Yorker following an athlete from your home country? Give us a call at 212-433-9692 or post here!

→ More Olympics Coverage from WNYC: Revisit Our Olympic Hopefuls | Local Athlete Tracker | NYC 2012: What Could Have Been

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Marijuana Legalization

Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA, and Jonathan Caulkins, professor of operations research and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, discuss their book Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know, which takes a look at the current status of marijuana and examines what legalization might look like.

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Catch Up With NYC-Area Olympians

In March, the Brian Lehrer Show spoke to several NYC-area Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls as they competed for spots on Team USA. Catch up with them below as they prepare to take the world’s stage in London, and find out when you can watch them contend for the gold. And be sure to check out WNYC's full-blown Olympics tracker here.

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