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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A jumping fish makes a ripple in the grey sewage discharge near a "combined sewer overflow" (CSO) on the Gowanus. The CSO's are designed to flow in wet weather when runoff overwhelms the city's sewer (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Hurricane Sandy left New York and New Jersey waterways with a big raw sewage problem and revealed the flaws in wastewater infrastructure. Plus: Venezuela's El Sistema program of social change through music; the M23 rebellion in Congo; and the shows that ushered in television's golden age.

Republican Fiscal Cliff Proposal

The GOP has made a "fiscal cliff" counter-offer. James Capretta, fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the plan and what conservatives want from the negotiations.

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Sewage After Sandy

Michael Schwirtz, reporter for The New York Times, talks about his reporting on how hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage from area treatment plants have flowed into NY and NJ waterways. NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland discusses the city's response.

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Fighting Poverty with Music Education

As the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela arrives for its Carnegie Hall residency, Tricia Tunstall, author of Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music, talks about how the music education program "El Sistema" blends music and politics. 

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The M23 in Congo

Jason Stearns, political analyst, PhD candidate at Yale, and the author of the blog Congo Siasa and the book Dancing in the Glory of Monsters:The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, discusses the rebel group M23 and the latest on their presence in Congo.


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John Brown's Body

153 years ago today, the body of abolitionist John Brown passed through New York City. Tony Horwitz, author of Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, explains what he meant to the city.

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Television 2.0

Alan Sepinwall, television critic and author of The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever, looks at new ways of watching television and how they have transformed how we think of the "idiot box."

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