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Gun Bill Defeat; Alan Alda on Dyslexia; Recycling

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Alan Alda in the WNYC studios

The Senate rejected a measure to expand background checks, a vote President Obama called "shameful." Glenn Thrush of Politico discusses the vote, and what comes next.  Plus: Actor Alan Alda reflects on his family's experience with dyslexia. Also: We continue our April series of interviews with New York City deputy commissioner of recycling and sustainability. This week: paper and coordinating recycling between cities, businesses and manufacturers. And then, a call-in for residents and police officers on the effect of community policing.

Gun Bill Defeat

Yesterday, the senate voted down a plan to expand background checks on firearm sales, as well as several other amendments gun control advocates said would help prevent gun violence. Glenn Thrush, Senior White House Reporter for POLITICO, discusses the vote, President Obama's impassioned reaction to the defeat, and what comes next.

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What the Guantanamo Hunger Strike is About

Many of the 166 Guantanamo Bay detainees are now on a hunger strike and have been since early February. Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University, discusses the strike and talks about a new report that found that the U.S. did engage in torture after 9/11. 

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What Goes Around: NYC Recycles Paper

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.  This week: paper and coordinating recycling among cities, businesses and manufacturers.

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Alan Alda on Dyslexia

This live interview with Alan Alda originally aired on April 18, 2013. An edited version was aired on July 5, 2013, as part of a special Brian Lehrer Show. 

Alan Alda, actor and co-founder of the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, discusses his family's experience with dyslexia and what others can learn from it.

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Following Up: Should Cops Live in the Neighborhoods they Police?

We follow up on a theme that emerged during our special with WBEZ on gun violence in New York and Chicago. How much does it matter that police live in or be familiar with the neighborhoods they police? Should cops be required to live in their beat neighborhoods? Cops and residents alike, call 212-433-9692, or post your comment here.

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Google Glass Is Here

Google Glass is in the wild. Joshua Topolsky, editor-in-chief of The Verge, explains how it works, plus its legal and tech implications.

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