State of Mayoral Race; New Pope; Relaxed TSA; Pi Day

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Candidates continue to emerge in the 2013 mayoral race. Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and WNYC's Anna Sale analyze the current field of hopefuls. Plus: Bob Garfield of On The Media explains why some businesses prosper by eschewing social media; the significance of the first Jesuit pope; the future of South Street Seaport; the TSA's new, relaxed stance on small knives; and your calls about Pi(e) Day.

Azi and Anna Assess the Mayoral Field

The election season is heating up, with a full slate of Democrats and Republicans trying to raise as much cash as possible in advance of the primaries. WNYC reporter Anna Sale and Azi Paybarah, political reporter for Capital New York, talk about the latest developments. Plus: What the recent unrest in East Flatbush around the shooting of Kimani Gray says about the state of community relations and the Bloomberg policing legacy. WNYC's Stephen Nessen joins briefly from East Flatbush to describe the community's reactions. 

→ WNYC Mayoral Resources: Mayor Tracker | Brian Interviews the Candidates

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Airport Security Changes

Harvey Molotch, professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at New York University and the author of Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger, discusses new changes in security at the airport.

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Seaport Developments

As the South Street Seaport area recovers from Sandy, the City Council holds a hearing on the development deal for Pier 17. Julie Shapiro, news editor at, talks about that deal and the New Amsterdam Market petition.

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A New Pope

Peter Steinfels, co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University and author of A People Adrift : The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America, talks about the election of Pope Francis, and the significance of having a Jesuit pope. Plus: he takes your phone calls.


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Building Authentic Customer Connections

Bob Garfield, co-host of On The Media and Doug Levy, founder and CEO of MEplusYOU, talk about their new book Can't Buy Me Like: How Authentic Customer Connections Drive Superior Results, on how companies need to respond to customers.


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Open Phones: Pi(e) Day!

Today is Pi Day, where we celebrate both "π" and "pie." Glen Whitney, executive director of MoMath, discusses the mysteries of 3.14.... Plus, since we are never ones to let a good homonym pass by, we'll also talk about "pie." Do you see an intersection between math and baking? How do you plan to celebrate Pi Day? Call us at 212-433-WNYC, or 212-433-9692, or leave a comment here. 

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