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Friday, January 22, 2010

The Democrats have lost their supermajority, and the future of health care reform is in question. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand reacts to the state of the Senate, as well as her office’s efforts to assist with Haitian relief. Then, J. Christian Bollwage, mayor of Elizabeth, NJ, on Gov. Christie’s new executive orders and the behind the scenes meeting mayors had yesterday with President Obama. Plus: WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein on new expansions of the BRT program and other transit stories.

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Guests:

Andrea Bernstein, J. Christian Bollwage and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand on the Democrats' Future

After Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts, the future of health care reform and the larger Democratic agenda is in question. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discusses the next step for her party; what she's doing for Haitian immigrants here in New York; and the looming election this Fall.

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Call-In: Now What?

As the Democrats mourn the loss of their supermajority, they'll need to think up a new plan if they want to spearhead changes to the health care system. What do you think the Democrats should do now about health care reform? Give us a call or comment below!

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New Jersey: A Mayor's Eye View

Mayor of Elizabeth, NJ, J. Christian Bollwage, talks about the new executive orders signed by Governor Christie and the closed door meeting with President Obama and New Jersey mayors.

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Fast on First Ave.

The City is moving forward with plans to install Bus Rapid Transit on 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein discusses the plan and the city's larger transportation goals.

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Free to Spend

Yesterday's Supreme Court decision allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money on advertising for (or against) political candidates. Robert Master, legislative and political director for the Communications Workers of America in the northeast, talks about labor unions' ambivalence over the ruling. And, Tim Kay, ...

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Value of Nothing

To Raj Patel, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies, our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. In his new book The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, he discusses the true social and ecological costs ...

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Foodie Fights

What exactly does it mean to be a foodie? Josée Johnston and Shyon Baumann, both assistant professors of sociology at the University of Toronto and co-authors of Foodies: Democracy and Distinction in the Gourmet Foodscape, discuss how the pursuit of tasty food can have some weighty cultural and class ...

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Live Chat: 2010 State of the Union Address with Brian Lehrer and KPCC's Patt Morrison

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Wednesday, January 27th at 9pm President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union Address. ...

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