Participatory Budgeting; Recycling NYC; Lawyer Bubble; Monogamy

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Friday, April 05, 2013

Cover of the New York Post and Daily News the day after Malcolm Smith and Dan Halloran were arrested on charges of corruption, including trying to fix the NY mayor's race

At the end of a week marked by two big political corruption charges in New York, two city council members, Brad Lander and Melissa Mark-Viverito, discuss trying to increase transparency in government with participatory budgeting. Plus: a new series all about recycling in New York City with the first-ever deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling and sustainability; the connections between college basketball and the U.S. Constitution according to Rami Khouri; the lawyer bubble; and Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg on her new book. 

Participatory Budgeting and Member Items

This year's expansion of participatory budgeting allows residents' of their districts to allocate some of the member items funds. Voting concludes this weekend for the 8 districts involved. 

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Open Phones: Coaches Crossing the Line

This week Rutgers fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice after a video surfaced that showed him shoving players and using homophobic slurs. Have you ever been pushed around by leaders such as coaches or drill sergeants? Is this behavior ever an effective motivational tool? Where do you think the line should be drawn? Call us at 212-433-9692 or post your comment below.

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Too Many Lawyers?

Steven J. Harper, an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and a regular contributor to "The American Lawyer" as well as the author of The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis, offers an indictment of the profession for the current oversupply of lawyers.

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What Goes Around: NYC Recycles E-Waste

Ron Gonen, New York City's first-ever deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling and sustainability, joins us weekly in April to talk about recycling in NYC.

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College Basketball and the Constitution

Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, on how his beloved Syracuse basketball team's zone defense got him thinking about judicial review, the American constitution, and national life.

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The Bumpy Road to Monogamy

Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another and the author of Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamytells her particular story of sexual adventure and settling down in her memoir.

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