Democratic Debate Recap; Illegal Dog Breeds; MLK 50 Years Later; Constitutional Dress

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

David Chen of the New York Times provides analysis of last night's Democratic mayoral debate, and takes your calls on whether or not the candidates said anything that changed how you plan to vote. Plus: Historian Taylor Branch traces history of the civil rights movement over the 50 years since the March on Washington; how laws restrict the way we dress; the White House takes a stance on legislation targeting dog breeds such as the pit bull; and calls on your favorite public art.

Recapping the Raucous Mayoral Debate

Seven mayoral candidates stood on stage last night at the first official Democratic primary debate, but most of the focus was on criticizing front-runner Bill de Blasio. David Chen of the New York Times helps play highlights from the often heated 90-minute exchange, and discusses what we learned about the candidates less than a month before primary day. Listeners: What'd you make of the debate? Did it help you make up your mind, or change your mind? Call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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On Dog Breed-Specific Legislation

The White House has come out against laws that ban certain breeds of dogs, like the pit bull. Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations, explains breed-specific legislation and what it means in our area, including in New York City public housing where 27 breeds are banned.

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Open Phones: Public Art in Your Neighborhood

What work of public art--sculpture, mural, poster, performance, or any other medium--have you been appreciating in your neighborhood lately? Comment below or call 212-433-9692.

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"I Have A Dream" 50 Years Later

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (Simon & Schuster), joins us to look back on the 50 years of civil rights history since the March on Washington.

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Fashion Policing

Ruthann Robson ,professor of law and university distinguished professor at CUNY Law School and the author of Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes (Cambridge University Press, 2013), looks at the places US laws intersect with what people wear, from strip searches to strip teases.

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