Online Sales Tax; John Catsimatidis; Marijuana Addiction

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Friday, May 10, 2013

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes if they make $1 million or more. We’ll hear about its status in the House and take calls from business owners. And a May series on marijuana legalization continues with a look at addiction and health. Plus: John Catsimatidis on his bid to be the Republican candidate for mayor; a science journalist talks about making the decision to freeze her eggs; and the secret language of Craigslist real estate postings.

Explainer: A Murder Charge in the Cleveland Kidnapping Case?

Prosecutors say they may charge Ariel Castro with aggravated murder (and seek the death penalty) for forcing a miscarriage in one of the women he'd held captive for 10 years in his suburban Cleveland home. Deborah Denno, professor of law at Fordham University and expert on rape and assault law, explains how the case may be built, and how laws differ throughout the country.

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Candidate Catsimatidis

Our second round of interviews with candidates for New York City mayor continues. John Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods, talks about his run for the Republican nomination.

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Legal Weed: Addiction

A May series on marijuana continues with a look at addictionMark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2013) talks about the drug's effects and how legalization might address treatment.  He's joined by WNYC senior reporter Marianne McCune who talks about her piece on abuse and dependence of marijuana, as part of the "Weed Next Door" series.

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The Online Sales Tax Debate

Congress is debating whether to change the way sales taxes work for online purchases.  Jodi Schneider, Bloomberg News Congress editor, discusses the bill and who would win and lose. Business owners: What's your take on online sales tax? How would this bill affect your bottom line? Your customers'? Call 212-433-9692 or post your take here.

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Stopping the (Biological) Clock

Sarah Elizabeth Richards, science journalist and the author of Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It(Simon & Schuster, 2013) explains the science behind freezing eggs and tells the stories of four women who tried it, including herself.

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When "Cozy" Means Small: A Rental Ad Glossary

When a rental ad says "cozy apartment with laid back roommates" does that actually mean “closet for rent in apartment full of potheads?” The Brian Lehrer Show is gathering some of the classic apartment listing code-phrases from "old-world" to "luxurious." Read the glossary and add your own.

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