Put to the Test

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Friday, August 03, 2012

New York City will be a test case for "social impact bond" financing for social service programs. New York City Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs will discuss the deal announced yesterday where Goldman Sachs will invest ten million dollars in an effort to curb recidivism with the hopes of getting a return on their investment. Plus: Andrew Cuomo's Albany; what today's jobs numbers mean; a hard look at life without parole; and your calls on gymnastic fever.

July Jobs and the Fed

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is stuck between the economic hawks, who are worried about high inflation, and doves, who want to spur employment. Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses this morning's jobs report and whether it will spur the Fed into further action.

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Following Up: Do Latino Leaders Need to Speak Spanish?

Both parties are trying to court the Latino vote, and putting Latino politicians in the spotlight. But some of them don't speak Spanish…. Does it matter? We ask Gerson Borrero, columnist at El Diario La Prensa and

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Life Without Parole

Charles Ogletree, professor and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School and co-editor of Life Without Parole: America's New Death Penalty?, examines the social, political, cultural, and legal meanings of lifelong imprisonment.

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The Culture of Cuomo in Albany

Capitol New York political reporter Azi Paybarah explains how Governor Cuomo's promises of transparency compare to his administration's record, and discusses the latest on the governor's 2016 hopes.

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Goldman Sachs Funds Anti-Recidivism Program

New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs discusses the deal between the city and Goldman Sachs and the potential of social impact bond financing for social service programs.

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Gymnastics Fever

Meghan O'Rourke, Slate contributor and author of The Long Goodbye: A Memoir, discusses why gymnastics is so captivating and takes calls from anyone with gymnastics fever.

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Vote: What's NYC's Most Annoying Sound?

Round of 16 Voting Now Live. Be sure to vote before Monday, August 6th, and check back here for updates about future rounds!

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