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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a news conference on gun control July 10, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty)

The influenza epidemic has been keeping many New Yorkers home sick. Council Member Gale Brewer (D-6) explains the state of proposed sick leave legislation. Then, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance joins to talk about what kind of gun policy he supports; WNYC’s Bob Hennelly on the Sandy recovery aid package in Congress; Kevin Drum of Mother Jones on his reporting on the link between lead and violent crime rates; and a new Center for an Urban Future report examines the role of libraries in the digital age.

Paid Sick Leave Meets Flu Season

City Councilmember Gale Brewer discusses her ongoing efforts to pass paid sick leave legislation in New York City.

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School News Roundup

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, updates the status of teacher evaluations and the possible school bus drivers strike.


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DA Vance On Gun Control

New York State is set to pass comprehensive gun control legislation. Cyrus Vance Jr., Manhattan District Attorney, reacts to the legislation and discusses recent weapons prosecutions. He's joined by Executive Assistant District Attorney Chauncey Parker, who oversees the Crime Strategies Unit.

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Sandy Recovery Bill in Congress

Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for Politics and Investigations, and Andrew Grossman, reporter for the Wall Street Journal, discuss the Sandy recovery aid moving through Congress.

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The Link Between Lead & Violent Crime

Kevin Drum, columnist for Mother Jones, discusses studies that demonstrate a link between the concentration of lead in the atmosphere and violent crime rates.


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Giving Libraries Their Due

David Giles, research director at the Center for an Urban Future and the author of the report, "Branches of Opportunity", argues that New York City's public libraries deserve even more support in the digital age.

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