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Friday, July 10, 2009

Cast your vote for our Uncommon Economic Indicators Video Contest semi-finalists! New York City Public Advocate is one of this year’s hottest election races. Current Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum talks about why she thinks the city needs a watchdog—and what she thinks is behind the 40% budget cut to her office. And: Congressman Jim Oberstar, chair of the House Committee on Transportation on what he wants out of the stimulus bill.


Betsy Gotbaum and Jim Oberstar

Not The Whole Truth

Spencer Ackerman, who covers security issues for the The Washington Independent, talks about the letter from seven Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee accusing "top CIA officials" of misleading Congress.

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Public Advocate's Advocate

New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum talks about the city's decision to cut that office's budget by 40 percent.

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Better Dining Choices

It can be difficult to gauge the labor, environmental, and social impact of your dining choices. Rekha Eanni Rodriguez, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, discusses the annual awards for responsible restaurants, the code of conduct for responsible restaurants, and the newly released diner's guide.


Brawlbany: All Over?

Danny Hakim, New York Times Albany bureau chief, and Bob Hardt, NY1 political director, have been following the saga in Albany over the last few weeks. Today they talk about the end of the standoff.

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On The Move

Jim Oberstar, U.S. Congressman (D-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, talks about stimulus money and the transportation bill. See Oberstar's handwritten plan for the transportation bill here: Front | Back

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Best Children's Books

Carol Goldman, children's librarian at the Queens Library, talks about great reads for kids. What are your children's favorite books this summer? What were your favorite books as a kid? Comment below!

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Your Uncommon Economics Indicators is now 6 months old, with over 600 stories and more than 450 contributors. To celebrate our half birthday, we sent a challenge out to our collaborators and to WNYC listeners, inviting them to send us uncommon VIDEO economic indicators. Twenty people responded with unique points ...

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