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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The original World Trade Center site was also mired in political and financial squabbling. So, what’s the latest for the planned redevelopment, and what can be learned from past efforts? Also, the stimulus bill has created jobs, but many transportation advocates are underwhelmed by the effects on roads and bridges. Plus, the rising price of female eggs used for stem cell research; and how good coffee finally took over New York.

Albany: Down to the Wire

WNYC reporter Beth Fertig will update the status of mayoral control negotiations and the contingency plans being worked on if it expires. Then, Lawrence Levy, Executive Director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra and former columnist for Newsday, to discuss how Long Island and other local communities ...

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Gridlock at Ground Zero

New York Times reporter Charles V. Bagli, discusses the politics and funding issues surrounding the development at the World Trade Center site. Plus, Miriam Greenberg, assistant professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz and author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis Was Sold to the World, ...

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While New York is undoubtedly part of the culinary vanguard, it's only recently that top-notch coffee has come to the city. Even so, many New Yorkers will never relinquish their bodega brew. Liz Clayton, coffee blogger at, recently wrote about the history of NYC coffee shops in ...

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Eggs for Sale

The Empire State Stem Cell Board recently announced that stem cell researchers in New York can use public money to pay women who donate their eggs for research. Brooke Ellison, 2006 state senate candidate, quadriplegic and advisory board member to the Genetics Policy Institute and Fr. ...

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In Transit

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY8) is helping to craft the House's massive transportation bill. He talks about its priorities--and how it might be funded.

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Summer Reading

Now that the rain has stopped (at least temporarily), it's possible to imagine a time when one might be able to lounge on beach blanket with a gripping book in hand. Laura Miller, senior writer at and author of The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in ...

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