Coast Check; Hate Crimes; War on Terror; NY Aquarium

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Friday, May 24, 2013

WNYC's Janet Babin has been making her way from Cape May to Montauk checking in on the coast before of the Memorial Day weekend. She joins us from the road to report back on the post-Sandy coastline. Plus: Colorlines' Kai Wright discusses the recent hate crimes in New York; a fighter jet pilot discusses modern warfare; analysis of President Obama's speech yesterday about counter-terrorism and national security; and an update from the New York Aquarium. 

Coast Check Pre-Memorial Day

Janet Babin, WNYC reporter, has been making her way up the coast from Cape May to Montauk to see how the coastline is doing ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

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Hate Crimes in the Village

Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines, Nation contributor and author of Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York (Beacon Press, 2009) talks about the spate of anti-gay violence in the West Village, considered the home of the gay rights movement.

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Top Gun: Air Force Fighter Pilot

Lt. Col. Dan Hampton, F-16 fighter pilot and now author of Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat(William Morrow, 2013) talks about his career as a decorated U.S. fighter pilot, and what the new age of drone-warfare means for pilots like him.

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The Next Phase in the War on Terror

Justin Vogt, senior editor for Foreign Affairs, and Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the author of The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay (Yale University Press, 2013), offer analysis of President Obama's speech on national security and counter-terrorism.

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New York Aquarium Partially Reopens

The New York Aquarium partially re-opens tomorrowJon Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium, talks about what to expect and how the aquarium has recovered after damage from Sandy, plus how they'll prepare for the next storm.

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Open Phones: Remembering a Friend

To tie together some strands we've been following this week on obituaries, friendship, and the start of the Memorial Day holiday, we'll take your calls about a friend you've lost and how you mark their passing and the impact they had on you.  Call us at 212-433-WNYC (9692) to commemorate a friend.

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