Fast Food Strike; Lyme Disease; Plum Island; Candidate John Liu

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The fast food worker movement is growing. Marc Doussard, professor at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and author of the new book Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market, and Michael A. Fletcher, national economics reporter, The Washington Post, discuss the demands and implications of this labor movement. Plus: U.S. Senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, discusses furthering research on tick-borne diseases as well as the future of Plum Island; and mayoral candidate John Liu takes your calls.

Fast Food Strikes and Degrading Labor

Can the service industry restore the American middle class? Marc Doussard, assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Chapaign and author of Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market, and Michael A. Fletcher, national economics reporter at The Washington Post, discuss today's fast food worker strike and its implications for the overall labor movement.

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A Case for US Intervention in Syria

Michael Weiss, columnist for NOW Lebanon and editor-in-chief of The Interpreter magazine, and Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of the book In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria, discuss why the US should make an effort to bring down the Assad regime in Syria.

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Sen. Blumenthal: Syria, Plum Island, and Other News of the Day

As the US weighs options for intervention in Syria, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) discusses his position and what comes next. Plus: his legislation to create an advisory committee to focus on tick-borne diseases, and the conflict over the future of Plum Island -- the island off the coast of Suffolk County that was home to the federal government's animal disease center.

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Meet the Candidates: Call John Liu

Our series of interviews with candidates for New York City mayor continues. Today: Comptroller John Liu discusses the latest news from the campaign trail and takes voters' calls.

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Is New York City Handing Out Weak Condoms?

Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has questioned the quality of the free condoms handed out by New York City -- she says she's heard complaints that they are weak, and too small for many users (the condoms only come in one size). At last night's Republican debate, John Catsimatidis said that “I think we should buy the strongest condoms that we can get.” Sexual health writer and expert Martha Kempner discusses how condom quality can vary, and fact-checks the candidates claims.

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Open Phones: Is Experience Necessary For Teachers?

With the first day of school getting closer and closer, we want to hear from teachers about whether they think experience is necessary. What's the benefit of energy and motivation when you're new to the job? Younger teachers: what do you have that can compensate for lack of experience? Or, what can a teacher with experience do specifically in the classroom that a new teacher can't? Teachers: call in and tell us what you think, 212-433-9692, 212-433-WNYC, or leave your comment below.

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