Decision Time

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Friday, June 11, 2010

New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. discusses why he’s willing to vote against another budget extension and risk a state government shut-down. Plus, WNYC reporters Fred Mogul and Matthew Schuerman take a look at the new WTC settlement; and Dr. Nanette Gartrell on research that says kids raised in lesbian households are better adjusted than their peers.

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Brian on Jury Duty

Brian talks with guest host Jami Floyd about his experience serving jury duty.

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WTC Settlement

WNYC reporters Fred Mogul and Matthew Schuerman discuss the new ground zero settlement, which awards plaintiffs $712.5 million.

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Pedro Espada on Government Shutdown

Pedro Espada, Jr., New York State Senate Majority Leader, discusses why he says he won't vote for any more emergency extender bills.

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Kids in Lesbian Households Thrive

Nanette Gartrell, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, explains research that shows that kids raised in lesbian households are better adjusted than their peers.

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iPad Emails Hacked

Farhad Manjoo, Slate's technology columnist and the author of True Enough: Learning To Live in a Post-Fact Society, explains the hacked iPad emails and what it means for cyber security.

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Philip Shenon, contributor to The Daily Beast, talks about the arrest of a U.S. Private made after classified information appeared on the Wiki Leaks website, and weighs in on national security and intelligence leaks in the age of the internet.

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Clean Up the Beach

John Weber, East Coast Regional Manager of the Surfrider Foundation, talks about the Surfrider Foundation's nationwide beach clean up effort - which starts tomorrow at Rockaway Beach.

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Coming Soon: Your Anecdotal Census Data Visualization!

We're excited to launch our new data visualization project! It'll take us a little while to gather the data and create our own infographic, but in the meantime here are some links to stuff that inspires us.

We're using the term data visualization loosely to describe anything that illustrates a set of information. That includes maps, graphs, word clouds, charts, and even pictures. We're collaborating with EJ Fox, who has created infographics for This American Life. There's an example below, and you can follow this link to see more of EJ's stuff!  


Below are a few more links to data visualization sites we love.

Data Viz Blog

Information is Beautiful

Flowing Data

Many Eyes


Stay tuned for details, and if you're a data viz type and want to help out, email!

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