Sick Leave Deal; Summer Camp Intel; Memory

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Friday, March 29, 2013

A deal has been reached to provide paid sick leave to New York City workers. We discuss the details of the plan, the implications, and take calls from supporters and opponents. Plus: Psychologist Charles Fernyhough talks about his new book Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Pasts; get your questions answered about sending your kids to summer camp; and the phones will be open for those high school seniors who will be the first in their families to go to college. 

Paid Sick Leave: We Have a Deal

The City Council has struck a deal on controversial paid sick leave legislation. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who had long blocked the deal, reached a compromise Thursday night with supporters of a bill. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and business coalitions are opposed paid sick leave, but the plan is expected to pass with a veto-proof majority. Linda Baran, president and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce talks about why she's opposed to the deal and Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party on why he is praising the deal.

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Emerging Markets Unite!

The so-called BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have indicated that they want to form a development bank of their own to rival the World Bank and IMF. Uri Dadush, director of Carnegie Center’s International Economics Program, discusses what the emerging-markets coalition would mean for the world economy. Plus: what the IMF's statement about energy subsidies means for development and the environment.

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Summer Camp-a-Palooza

Rory Halperin, editor of Time Out New York Kids, talks about when parents need to sign up for camp, how to pick a program, how to prepare and whether day camp or sleepaway would be best.

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Memories and Other Stories

Are we all "unreliable narrators" of our own life stories? Charles Fernyhough, psychologist and the author of Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Paststalks about the act of remembering as an act of "narrative imagination" and what it means if memories are as much about the present as the past.


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Funding Public Services Through Real Estate Development

Julia Vitullo-Martin, director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Regional Plan Association and Tom Angotti, director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and development, discuss the tactic of funding public housing projects, libraries, schools and post offices through developing real estate.

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Open Phones: First to College

As high school seniors are figuring out if and where they're going to college, we want to hear from people who are the first in their families to go to college. Are you a high school senior who will be the first in your family? Or were you the first in your family--and do you have advice for others who will be the first? Call us. 212-433-WNYC. 

Joining us to field calls and offer advice is Kristen Harris, director of College Guidance at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering and the chairman of The College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY).

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