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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs student Tammy Nguyen in the Red Room of the White House before an event announcing a campaign to combat the rapidly growing problem of childhood obesity (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Tonight's star-studded Sandy benefit has prompted questions about the legality and economics of ticket scalping. Plus: A new report on fish mislabeling; city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley explains the good news for childhood obesity and infant mortality rates in NYC; Foreign Affairs' Jonathan Tepperman on U.S.-China policy; and Mayan culture today.

The Economics of the 12/12/12 Sandy Benefit Concert

Tonight's 12/12/12 Sandy benefit at Madison Square Garden is being called the biggest music event ever. Christopher John Farley of the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog discusses the star-studded lineup. Plus, Bill Werde, Billboard Editorial Director, discusses the economics of a large benefit concert, and the effect of scalping.

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Fish Fraud in New York City

Dr. Kimberly Warner, senior scientist at Oceana, talks about the findings of her study on mislabeled fish and what it could mean for health, the food market and the price of seafood.

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China: Politics and Business

Jonathan Tepperman, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, discusses U.S foreign policy vis-a-vis China and the potential for the U.S. to get involved militarily in support of Japan in the two countries' conflict over territorial waters.

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Optimistic News for NYC Kids' Health

Dr. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health Mental Hygiene, discusses a recent report that shows the first ever decline in childhood obesity in New York, and the news that the city is at an record low for infant mortality.

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Gov. Christie and the NJ Power Authority

Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, joins to talk about his reporting on developments on the future of power companies in New Jersey and on the latest from the Governor's office.

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Mayan Time

Jose Barreiro, assistant director for research at the National Museum of the American Indian, offers a fact-based account of the much discussed Mayan calendar and explains how contemporary Mayan culture is alive and well.

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China and US: Five First Thoughts

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week.

Five American journalists went on a one week trip to China sponsored by the Committee of 100, a group of prominent Chinese-Americans founded by I.M. Pei, Yo-Yo Ma and others with a foot in both worlds who are dedicated to having our two countries understand each other better. They conduct and sponsor tours like this for journalists each year. I want to start by thanking the C-100 for leading an ambitious and supremely organized trip, introducing us to so many many top people in different walks of life, and exposing us to so many different points of view about China (and us!) It was a very rich experience and I'm sure it will add great value to all our readers/viewers/listeners through the more sophisticated understanding we will now have of China (and us.)

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