Cause and Effect

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Fracking opponents protested outside a Midtown Manhattan hotel where Gov. Cuomo was attending a conference. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Hear how gas grilling in the Marcellus Shale could change the energy calculus for the nation. Plus: the latest on tax and spending negotiations in Washington; City Councilman Brad Lander a bill banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants; a new constitution for Egypt and what it means for the region; how telecommunication companies are regulated and why it matters after a natural disaster; and the founder of the Bread and Puppet show on a 50th anniversary performance.

Fiscal Negotiations Latest

Heidi Przybyla, Washington reporter for Bloomberg, discusses what is on the table and what is off the table in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.


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Fracking: Hurry Up and Wait

Tom Wilber, journalist in Central New York and the author of Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, talks about the latest deadline extension to finalize regulations on New York State fracking, a decision process that is moving too fast according to anti-fracking activists.


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Credit Checks on Job Applicants

Brooklyn City Councilman (D-39) Brad Lander talks about a proposal he's co-sponsoring to ban the use of credit checks during hiring in New York City. Plus,Emmett Pinkston talks about how his credit score disqualified him for a job with the Transportation Security Administration two years ago.

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The Latest From Cairo

A new Islamist Constitution, a Judiciary that refuses to rule on its legitimacy and a President who has made his edicts temporarily above judicial review. The situation in Egypt is convoluted and fluid. Noel King, a radio reporter based in Cairo, gives us the latest on an unstable political situation from the ground.

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Telecommunications and Competition

David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University, and author of the forthcoming book The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" and Other Tricks to Rob You Blind, talks about his New York Times column on telecom companies, and explains their role during Sandy and in other emergencies.


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Bread and Puppet Theater Digs Deep

Peter Schumann, founder and artistic director of Bread and Puppet Theater talks about the history of the political puppetry group and the inspiration for their latest NYC production: the 17th-century Diggers movement.


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