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Sandy Six Month Later; Syria; Sequestration Backlash

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Monday, April 29, 2013

The boardwalk at Beach 116th Street in the Rockaways nearly four months after Sandy. The boardwalk at Beach 116th Street in the Rockaways nearly four months after Sandy. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Sandy hit six months ago today. We'll check in on how rebuilding is going for coastal communities in New York and New Jersey. Plus: Slate's Fred Kaplan on the decision President Obama faces on what to do about the civil war in Syria; the backlash over the consequences of the sequestration cuts; and author Susan Jacoby on the The Last Men on Top.

Brian Lehrer Show: Six Months After Sandy

It's been six months since Hurricane Sandy caused flooding and destruction throughout the region. Matthew Schuerman, WNYC editor, and Scott Gurian, freelance reporter, discuss their reporting on the recovery, from the re-building in Long Beach, Long Island to how federal money is being used to improve infrastructure.

Plus: your six-month calls. How is the recovery going in your area? If your home was affected by the storm, have you decided whether to stay and do nothing, to renovate for flood prevention, or to move away from the shore altogether? Call 212-433-9692 or post your story here.

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Obama's Calculus in Syria

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, wrote last week: "One thing that [President] Obama has made very clear in his approach to war and peace: He abhors the prospect of uncontrolled escalation." Today, he talks about the Obama administration's "red line" when it comes to Syria, and the calculation of conflict.

 

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Monday Morning Politics: Sequestration Backlash

The sequestration cuts are being felt, and Congress is rolling back some of the bill they passed earlier this year. Nancy Cook, economic and fiscal policy correspondent for National Journal, talks about the latest news from Washington, including the congressional response to sequestration-induced flight delays.

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Did Women Really Get the Shaft in the Mad Men Era?

Drawing on her father's life and career, Susan Jacoby, author of The Last Men on Top, asks if men really had it better in the pre-feminist America of the 1950's and 1960's. Plus: read an excerpt from the book.

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Open Phones: What Outdoor Activity Did You Discover This Past Weekend?

It's cloudy and cool today, but this past weekend's weather was glorious. So, on this first Monday after the first great-weather weekend of 2013, we ask: What new outdoor activity did you discover that you'd recommend for other WNYC listeners? Call 212-433-9692, or post your recommendation here!

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