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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Guest host Daljit Dhaliwal fills in for Leonard. Everyone has a story of when they first came to New York. On today's show: share why you came to New York and why you stay here. Then, Mark Hyman joins us to look at the problems with youth sports. And, Sandra Cisneros on the 25th anniversary of the publication of The House on Mango Street. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at Iraq’s persecuted gay population and why private contractors who've worked in Iraq have to fight for medical care.

What's Your New York Story?

Remember when you first stepped into New York City? Why did you come here? What did you encounter? Why do you stay? Tell us your story. Leave a comment on our show page below or call in at 212-433-WNYC, that’s 212-433-9692.

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Until it Hurts

Journalist, coach and sports dad Mark Hyman thinks adults have staged a hostile takeover of youth sports. He looks at everything that's wrong with youth sports today in his book Until It Hurts.

Event: Mark Hyman will be reading and signing books
Thursday, April 23, at ...

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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros’ critically acclaimed book The House on Mango Street turns 25 this year. The book tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty.

Event: Sandra Cisneros will be appearing with Julia Alvarez, Maria Hinojosa, John Phillip ...

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Underreported: The Persecution of Iraqi Gays

Iraq's LGBT community is facing a wave of violence and persecution. Iraqi Police sources say that in the past month alone, the bodies of six young men have been found in Sadr City, some with placards labeling them "perverts" or "puppies", the derogatory Iraqi term for gays. We’ll speak with ...

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Underreported: War Zone Contractors

Civilian contractors like KBR have been used extensively in both Iraq and Afghanistan to support the American war efforts there, and up to 31,000 of them have been injured. Find out why these injured contractors have to fight insurance companies, including AIG, to get the medical care their injuries require. ...

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