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Mayor's Race Corruption Arrests; Maya Angelou; ADHD; World Peace Game

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Maya Angelou at home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Maya Angelou at home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Ken Charnock/Getty)

Breaking This Morning: State Senator Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran have been arrested on charges of trying to fix this year's mayoral race. We'll be monitoring all morning. Plus: A new study reports a 53% increase in the number of children over the last decade diagnosed with ADHD. New York Times health reporter Alan Schwarz explains the findings and takes your calls. Maya Angelou discusses her new book on how being raised by her grandmother impacted her relationship with her mother; Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on paid sick leave; John Elder Robison talks about life with Asperger's Syndrome and raising a son who shares his condition; and the World Peace Game's lessons on cooperation. 

Your ADHD Stories

New CDC data analyzed by the Times show a 53% increase in ADHD diagnosis over the last decade. Now 11% of US children have been diagnosed. Alan Schwarz, health reporter for the New York Times discusses and takes calls.

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Bill de Blasio on Paid Sick Leave Deal

The New York City Council came to an agreement on a paid sick leave policy which is expected to pass with a veto-proof majority. Public Advocate and candidate for mayor Bill de Blasio reacts to the deal. 

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Maya Angelou, Activist and Poet, Dies at 86

She wrote "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," mentored Oprah Winfrey, won a National Book Award, was friends with both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., and  famously delivered the inaugural poem at Bill Clinton's 1993 swearing-in. In this 2013 episode of the Brian Lehrer show, Angelou, who died Wednesday in her home, talked about her memoir, "Mom & Me & Mom," which chronicles the story of her relationship with her mother and the grandmother who raised her. 

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Like Father, Like Son - On the Autism Spectrum

On World Autism Day, John Elder Robison, author of the memoir, Look Me in the Eye, joins us after ringing the opening bell at the stock market. He's become a spokesperson for those with Asperger's and addresses his thoughts on finding out one of his books was found in Adam Lanza's home. In his new book, Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives, he talks about raising his own son who also has Asperger's.

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World Peace Games

Educational consultant and teacher John Hunter led his first World Peace Game in 1978. He writes about what he's learned about cooperation and teaching in his new book, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements

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Sen. Smith and Councilman Halloran Arrested in Plot to Rig Mayor's Race

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says that NY State Senator Malcolm Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race. Both Sen. Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning for the alleged plot.

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