Mayor Bloomberg’s European Vacation

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg is in Europe to look at London’s surveillance system and Paris’ bike sharing program. Find out what the mayor does and doesn’t like about those ideas. Andrew Burroughs tells us what you should know about the inner workings of your telephone, and other feats of everyday engineering. Also, the Topps tainted meat recall, Elliot Spitzer courts the Transit Workers Union, and Ruth Wisse talks about Jews in power in America and Israel. Open phones ask the listeners: how will 9/11 affect your vote for President?


Andrew Burroughs and Ruth Wisse

Where's the Beef?

This weekend 21.7 million pounds of beef patties from Topps Meat were recalled due to contamination from E.coli bacteria. Chris Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, talks about inspection standards by the USDA and FDA, and whether technology might help stop ...

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Bloomberg Abroad

Ellen Tumposky, London-based reporter for the Daily News and Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall, a monthly "trade journal" for New York City elected officials, recap the mayor's trip to Paris and London.

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Engineering Your Life

Andrew Burroughs, engineer, and location head at the Chicago office of IDEO, a design and engineering firm, and author of Everyday Engineering: How Engineers See (Chronicle Books, 2007), on what you should know about the inner workings of your phone and other engineering feats.

Everyday Engineering is available ...

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Spitzer's Union

Liz Benjamin, columnist for The Daily News, and writes " The Daily Politics" blog talks about Governor Eliot Spitzer courting the Transit Workers Union.

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Might and Right

Ruth Wisse, Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Studies and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, argues that Jews have overemphasized moral power over political power in her new book, Jews and Power (Schocken/Nextbook, 2007).

Jews and Power is available for purchase at

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Open Phones: Presidential Hopefuls and 9/11

Thomas Friedman's latest New York Times column laments that some candidates are exploiting 9/11. Listeners discuss how 9/11 will affect their vote for President.

"9/11 is Over" by Thomas L. Friedman

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Everyday Engineering

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