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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New York is on track for the fewest murders on record. New York Times police bureau chief Al Baker and Eugene O'Donnell, professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, explain why the number of homicides has gone down despite a bad economy. Plus, protests in Iran; contract negotiations with the teachers’ union; and overcoming holiday over-indulgence.


Al Baker and Eugene O'Donnell

Safe City

For the second time in three years, New York will break its record for lowest homicide rate in a twelve-month period. Al Baker, New York Times police bureau chief, and Eugene O'Donnell, professor of law and police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, talk about the city's ...

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Teachers Contract

During the school break, Anna Phillips, reporter with Gotham Schools, a news site focusing on NYC schools, looks at the city's contract negotiations with the teachers' union.

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Season's Eatings: Tummy Aches

The weekly series on holiday hosting closes with Tamara Reynolds and Zora O'Neill, authors of Forking Fantastic!: Put the Party Back in Dinner Party. This week's topic: Overcoming Over-indulgence

Did you overindulge this holiday season? Is it possible not to? What's your trick for breaking the cookie/cake/cocktail cycle? ...

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Protests in Iran

Wall Street Journal deputy bureau chief for the Middle East and Africa Farnaz Fassihi talks about the protests in Iran. And, freelance journalist and blogger Cyrus Farivar, discusses the continued role of social media in those protests.

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Fox and cable provider Time Warner are in the middle of a major dispute that could lead to the network being pulled in the New York area. Tom Lowry, senior writer covering media and technology for Bloomberg Business Week discusses the spat.

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Call-In: Your Aughts Silver Linings

As we've been reviewing the 2000s, we've focused on some of the lowlights from what some are calling the "worst decade ever." But now we want some silver linings. Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review and the Week in Review section and author of

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The Aughts Silver Linings: Why Bruce Matters

On The Brian Lehrer Show we've been looking back at the 2000s, which some are calling one of the worst decades ever. But there's also plenty of silver linings, and BL Show producer Jody Avirgan makes his case for why Bruce Springsteen is the most encouraging story of ...

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