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Friday, January 04, 2013

Damaged street where 17 buildings burned down on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Rockaways. Damaged street where 17 buildings burned down on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Rockaways. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Dr. Irwin Redlener, co-chair of the New York State Ready commission, talks about a post-Sandy report on the state’s emergency preparedness. Plus: Dana Stevens of Slate and Tricia Rose at Brown University talk about the film “Django Unchained” and its message about race and violence; why some patients are becoming aware while under anesthesia; what’s behind the popularity of online college classes; and the secret to changing habits.

New York State Ready

Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia School of Public Health and founder of the Children's Health Fund talks about his work as the co-chair of the post-Sandy New York State Ready commission. He is also the author of Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do

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Al Jazeera Buys Current TV

Brian Stelter, New York Times reporter and author of the Media Decoder column, discusses Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV and its future presence on American television.

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Following Up: Smart Grid Privacy

A caller to the show expressed concern over the "smart grid" giving utilities the ability to control individual appliances and power usage. Kevin B. Jones, senior fellow in Energy Technology and Policy at Vermont Law School, discusses the concerns over privacy with new energy technologies.

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Following Up: Online Learning

Jeffrey R. Young, tech editor and author of the Wired Campus blog at the Chronicle of Higher Education, follows up on a call from a professor we got last week about the explosion of online learning in America.

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Context and a Movie: "Django Unchained"

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" has sparked conversation and controversy over its use of violence, portayal of slavery, and more. Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and author of The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop-And Why It Matters, discusses the film with Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest, now airing on WNYC. Plus: how "Lincoln" and "Django" treat slavery differently.

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Making a Change

Jeremy Dean, psychologist, creator of, a blog about scientific research into how the mind works and the author of Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick, offers a little help with New Year's resolutions.

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