Former NY Gov. Paterson & Albany Reform; Candidates on Housing

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Former New York Governor David Paterson discusses the recent political scandals in Albany and what kinds of reforms could discourage abuse. Plus: highlights from Brian’s forum on housing with mayoral candidates. Then, how external forces – like a specific shade of pink or photographs of a light bulb, for example – can change the way we feel and behave; an April series on recycling looks at organics with Ron Gonen, NYC’s first-ever deputy commissioner of recycling and sustainability; and a 400-year history of Greenwich Village.

Can Albany Be Reformed?

There were more developments this week in the bribery and corruption probe that brought down State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran. And this most recent scandal is just the latest in a line of arrests, resignations, and revelations about New York politicians. Former Governor David Paterson discusses the culture of corruption in New York, and efforts to change it.

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The Winners and Losers of President's Budget

President Obama laid out the details of his budget proposal yesterday, which includes spending cuts, tax increases, and new spending. Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor for the Guardian, offers her take on the winners and losers if this budget passes. 

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What Goes Around: NYC Recycles Organics

Ron Gonen, NYC's first-ever deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling and sustainability, joins us weekly in April to talk about recycling in NYC. This week: organics.  Do you compost food waste now?


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Debating Housing Policy

Yesterday afternoon, Brian hosted a forum (or was it the latest episode of "So You Think You Can Mayor?") at NYU's Furman Center to discuss the future of NYC housing policy. Hear excerpts and analysis from the Furman Center's Vicki Been, who teaches housing policy and law.

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Hidden Influence

This interview originally aired live on April 11, 2013. An edited version was aired as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on August 2, 2013. 

Adam Alter, assistant professor in marketing at NYU's Stern School of Business and the author of Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, explains some of the unconscious workings of our brain that explain why pictures of light bulbs make us more creative and pink paint on the wall is calming.

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Village People

This interview originally aired live on April 11, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 9, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

John Strausbaugh, author of The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village, tells the story of Greenwich Village, from Dutch farmers to movie stars and bankers.  Is the Village still an "engine of culture"?

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