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NY Corruption; N. Korea Threat; Digestion; Gun Rules

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

State flag of New York

Following corruption charges against New York State Senator Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, two good government advocates discuss just how deep corruption runs in New York State politics. Plus: whether North Korea's threats are just bluster; author Mary Roach on everything you need to know about digestion; changing gun rules; Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway on rebuilding resources post-Sandy; and the New Museum's 1993 exhibit.

How Corrupt is New York?

Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, and Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, discuss whether or not the recent mayoral race bribery scandal can be seen as an indictment of state politics on the whole, and what measures could yield greater transparency within the political process.

 

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Tough Talk From North Korea

Charles Armstrong, director of the center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), discusses Kim Jong Un's threats to South Korea and U.S. and whether it's just bluster or poses a real threat to the region and the United States.

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Gut Wrench: Human Digestion 101

Mary Roach tells you everything you every wanted to know (and maybe some stuff you didn’t) about human digestion. In Packing for Mars, she wrote about space toilets and for RadioLab she stuck her hand inside a real-live cow’s stomach to experience digestion from the inside. Her new book is Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

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Guns at Home and Around the World

Connecticut now has a strong gun control bill to match New York's. Paul Barrett, editor at Bloomberg and author of Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, joins us as we compare and discuss the NRA's school safety proposal and other gun news, including yesterday's U.N. arms trade treaty that Republican senators oppose.

 

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Funds to Rebuild Post-Sandy

It's been just over five months since Sandy hit. Cas Holloway, NYC Deputy Mayor for Operations, discusses the federal Community Development Block Grant program and other post-Sandy rebuilding resources. 

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1993 Calling

A new project from the New Museum and Droga5 has re-purposed New York City payphones to share stories from 20 years ago. Pick up a phone, call 1-855-FOR-1993, and you'll hear a story about that block in '93. And if you're in TriBeCa, Inwood, or the Upper West Side, you'll hear Brian Lehrer's voice!

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