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Friday, January 18, 2013

Local elected officials from Coney Island, Hoboken, and Long Beach discuss how federal Sandy aid will affect their communities. Plus: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng discusses his human rights work in China and what it’s been like living in New York City; and NPR's Mike Pesca on what the Lance Armstrong admission of doping means for sports.

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NY and NJ Town Hall: Using Sandy Aid

We will be checking in with local communities and discussing how the FEMA aid should be distributed throughout their neighborhoods.  Domenic Recchia, City Councilman for the 47th district, Dawn Zimmer, mayor of Hoboken, and Jack Schnirman, city manager of Long Beach, Long Island, will each talk about what the approval of FEMA aid for Sandy recovery will mean in their communities.

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Teacher Evals Missed Deadline

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, and Yasmeen Khan, WNYC associate news producer covering education and politics, update us on the apparent failure of negotiations between the teachers' union and the DOE, resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid.

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The Algerian Hostage Crisis

John P. Entelis, professor of political science and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, talks about the background of the hostage situation at an Algerian gas field, and the actions of the Algerian government. Entelis is also the editor of The Journal of North African Studies.

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Does Lance Armstrong Matter?

Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent, talks to Brian Lehrer about Lance Armstrong's admission of doping and what it says about sports, the media, heroes, and cheating.

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Chen Guangcheng and Jerome Cohen

Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng talks about his work on human rights in China, his new life in the United States, and his views on the Chinese government. Joining him is Chinese law expert Jerome Cohen, professor of law at New York University School of Law and a senior fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ira Belkin, executive director of the U.S. Asia Law Institute at NYU School of Law, interprets Chen's remarks.

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Context and a Movie: Zero Dark Thirty

Mark Danner, frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and author of Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror, and A.O. Scott, New York Times chief film critic, discuss the film, the controversial torture scenes, and the experience of watching a film based on the recent past.

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