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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The deadline for a deal to avert automatic spending cuts from Washington is Friday, March 1. WNYC’s Bob Hennelly talks about what kinds of local services would see their budgets cut if no deal is reached. Then, former NY Knick and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley talks about Senate and New Jersey politics. Plus: the legacy of tennis star Arthur Ashe; and a series on idioms continues with phrases on animals.

Sequester Meets Sandy

WNYC's Bob Hennelly discusses how the automatic spending sequester cuts will affect local services, including some of the money slated for Sandy relief.

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Bill Bradley: Defensive Stop

Bill Bradley former NY Knick, New Jersey Senator, presidential candidate, and author of We Can All Do Betterdiscusses the heightened polarization in the Senate and Senator Lautenberg's decision not to seek reelection.

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David Dinkins and Arthur Ashe

David Dinkins, former mayor of New York City and professor in the practice of public affairs at Columbia University, remembers his friend Arthur Ashe. And hear Arthur Ashe's call to the Brian Lehrer Show 20 years ago.

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Ray Kelly: 20 Years After the WTC Bombing

New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly talks about remembering the 1993 bombing that killed six people and injured 1,000 others. Kelly was police commissioner at the time.

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It's Idiomatic

Christine Ammer author of more than three dozen reference books, including The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition, gets to the heart of American English idiomatic phrases, including idioms that feature animals.

Tomorrow's assignment: "Lame duck" and "dark horse" are used in politics.  What idiomatic phrase would you use to describe today's political standoff?

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David Dinkins on His Friend, Arthur Ashe

Twenty years ago last month, tennis great Arthur Ashe called the show to comment on the competing, and possibly converging, visions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.  This week, former NYC mayor  David Dinkins, now professor in the practice of public affairs at Columbia University, spoke with Brian about his friend Arthur Ashe.

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