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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The March 25th deadline looms large for the MTA. Richard Ravitch, head of the Ravitch Commission, talks about why he stands by his MTA rescue plan despite opposition in the State Senate. Also, WNYC's Beth Fertig on the hot-button issues of mayoral control. Plus, March weekly guest Simon Johnson explains the bonus; emails from mom; and how to buy a miniature slice of prime real estate in New York. Doctors and Pharmacists: Help Contribute To An Upcoming Segment On Generic Drugs

Guests:

Beth Fertig, Simon Johnson and Richard Ravitch

Ravitch Recommends

Richard Ravitch, former chairman of the MTA and the head of the commission charged with advising Governor Paterson, talks about the latest proposals in Albany and the future of NYC transit.

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Mini Real Estate Heaven

You may finally be able to afford your dream piece of New York real estate. Tom Finkelpearl, executive director of the Queens Museum of Art, talks about their new Adopt-a-Building program where you can buy the miniature properties that make up their famous Panorama of New York City. ...

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Love, Mom

Doree Shafrir and Jessica Grose, authors of Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages From Home, discuss the strange world of mothers' letters to their children. What's the best letter you've ever received from your mom (or dad)? Comment below!

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March (Economic) Madness

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and co-founder of The Baseline Scenario blog, focuses on a different facet of the economic crisis each week in March. ...

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Control Issues

This June the state legislature will decide whether to renew the 2002 law that gave Mayor Michael Bloomberg control of the city’s schools. Supporters and critics of the law are each mounting fierce campaigns. WNYC Senior Reporter Beth Fertig took a look at one controversial group that supports reauthorization of ...

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Open Phones: Are you starting a new business?

What kind of business are you starting? How is it going? We want to hear your stories. Give us a call or comment below.

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Help Wanted: Advice for the Jobless or Overworked

One of the words that comes up most frequently on Your Uncommon Economic Indicators is 'work.' Some have it, some want less of it, some are happy and others are trying not to panic.help-wanted

*Caroline is a senior in college and is trying to keep ...

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Call For Stories: Generics vs. Prescription Drugs

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The Brian Lehrer Show needs your stories!

Next month, we'll be doing a program on generic drugs, and we want your input. Most generic drugs seem to work just like their name brand counterparts, but with a ...

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