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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The so-called "soda tax" is back. Dr. Richard Daines, Commissioner of Health for New York State, discusses why he thinks New York needs it to curb obesity and raise some much-needed cash. Plus, financial analyst Peter Schiff, running for the Republican Senate seat in Connecticut; Brooklyn children's writer Zetta Elliott; and DesigNYC looks to link up designers and community groups.

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Guests:

Richard Daines, Zetta Elliott and Peter Schiff

Soda Tax

Dr. Richard Daines, Commissioner of Health for New York State, talks about leading the charge to get a sugary beverage tax adopted in NYS.

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Candidate Schiff

Republican Peter Schiff discusses his candidacy for the nomination for a US Senate seat in Connecticut.

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Re-Imagining Black History

In her young adult novel A Wish After Midnight, Zetta Elliott examines the African American experience in Civil War-era Brooklyn through the eyes of a contemporary girl. And she explores how our understanding of history is shaped by interpretation, memory and place.

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Jobs Bill = Bipartisanship?

Congressional correspondent for Time Magazine and contributor to Time’s Swampland blog Jay Newton-Small will talk about the jobs bill expected to pass the Senate today, why five Republicans broke party rank to vote for it, and what that means for bipartisanship in Washington.

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Help Wanted: Alyson Checks In

The Brian Lehrer Show continues its new project Help Wanted, in which five job hunters report on the ups and downs of looking for work. Today, we'll check-in with Alyson, a fashion designer looking for a new job.

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Help Wanted: Informational Interviews

How exactly do you prepare for an interview when a job opening isn't part of the equation? Joe Grimm, "Ask the Recruiter" columnist for Poynter Online, talks about informational interview do's and don'ts.

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desigNYC

Vice president & New York director of Enterprise Community Partners Abby Jo Sigal, Robin Key of Robin Key Landscape Architecture, and Michelle Mullineaux, acting director of desigNYC, discuss how the design world and community groups are joining forces on community projects.

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