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Recycling Expands; NYU-China Relations; NJ Senate Candidate Alieta Eck

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Separating trays from scraps and other waste helped 8 UWS schools reduce their cafeteria garbage 85% (Jennifer Prescott)

NYC Deputy Mayor of Operations Cas Holloway and the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability Ron Gonen talk about the city’s plans for food composting. Plus: NYU law professor Jerome Cohen on the status of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng’s position at the school; Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices Online and director of the MIT Center for Civic Media explains why digital inter-connectedness isn’t necessarily translating into human connections; media mogul Conrad Black on the rise of the U.S. as a world superpower; and New Jersey republican senate candidate Dr. Alieta Eck.

Explaining NYC's Composting Plan

The Bloomberg administration is considering expanding its voluntary food-scrap recycling plan -- and possibly making composting mandatory in the same way plastic recycling currently is. Cas Holloway, New York City deputy mayor for operations, and Ron Gonen, New York City's deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling, and sustainability, discuss composting in the city and answer your basic questions.

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NYU, China, and Chen Guangcheng

Jerome Cohen, professor of law at New York University School of Law, an expert in Chinese law, and a senior fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the status of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's fellowship at NYU, and Chen's allegations that Chinese officials are pressuring the university to force him to leave. Jerome Cohen helped arrange Chen's fellowship and has worked with him during his time at NYU.

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Disconnected on the Web

Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices Online, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, and author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013), talks about why the ease of connecting with far-off places and people that technology allows has not translated into greater interest and attention to the rest of the world, and discusses how this could change.

Do you follow events in places you and your family have never lived?  Tell us where, how and why you seek out information from afar.

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Conrad Black: U.S. Leadership

Conrad Black, chairman of the Telegraph newspapers in Britain from 1987 to 2003, founder of the National Post in Canada, and author of Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership (Encounter Books, 2013), talks about the strategic leaders and decisions that led to the rise of the United States as a world "superpower."

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Meet the NJ Senate Candidates: Dr. Alieta Eck

We conclude our first-round series of interviews with the candidates for the New Jersey special election to replace Senator Frank Lautenberg. Today: Alieta Eck, physician and GOP candidate for the US Senate in New Jersey, discusses her bid.

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Open Phones: Your Ways to Improve the NYC Subway

Designer Randy Gregory has started a Tumblr for his "100 Ways to Improve the NYC Subway" -- one idea a day from odor detectors to a LaGuardia AirTrain. We discuss some of his ideas, and take your suggestions. How would you improve the NYC subway? Ideas big or small, realistic or far-fetched, post your here or call 212-433-9692.

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