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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The fountain at Washington Square Park offers a pleasant respite from the heat. The fountain at Washington Square Park offers a pleasant respite from the heat. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

NY State Senator Eric Adams discusses his new bill that would protect innocent targets of the NYPS stop & frisk policy. Plus, what lessons were learned from Israeli PM Netanyahu’s visit to Washington yesterday? Also today: the environmental and political history of air conditioning; and former NYT public editor Clark Hoyt on his toughest calls.

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Stop & Frisk Database

Martin Golden, New York State Senator, R-22, Brooklyn, argues that Governor Paterson should veto legislation prohibiting keeping the names of the innocent who are stopped and frisked by the police. Eric Adams, New York State Senator, D-20, Brooklyn, and former head of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, defends the bill he sponsored in the Senate prohibiting the NYPD from adding information on innocent individuals who are stopped and frisked.

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Israel and the U.S.

Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem bureau chief for the New York Times, discusses his reporting on tax-exempt aid funding West Bank settlements and the news coming out of President Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

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Hofstra's New Medical School

Dr. Lawrence Smith, dean of the Hofstra University School of Medicine, talks about heading up New York State’s first new allopathic medical school since 1963.

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The Uncomfortable Truths of our Air-Conditioned World

Stan Cox, author of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer), and Michael Clendenin, Con Edison spokesman, talk about electricity use in the city during the hot summer months and alternatives to turning up your air conditioner.

What's your air conditioning strategy? When do you turn it on, where do you set it? Do you use alternative means of cooling off? Let us know!

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NY Times Outgoing Public Editor Clark Hoyt

Clark Hoyt, outgoing public editor for the New York Times, discusses his time as the public editor for the past three years.

Do you think the NYT has or should have different editorial standards online than in print?

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Hot Drinks on Hot Days to Cool Off?

Can hot drinks actually cool you off in hot weather? Following up on a Brian Lehrer Show conversation that started yesterday about ways to cool off in the heat, Aaron Carroll, director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and co-author of Don’t Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, talks about whether there's any truth behind the suggestion to drink hot drinks in hot weather to cool off.

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Volunteer Month: Listings and Your Reports

Throughout our July Volunteer Month series with Volunteer Match, we'll be highlighting listings on-air from the Volunteermatch database. But we'll also be taking your on-air listings and putting them here. And we want your reports - if you follow up on an opportunity, tell us about your experience!

Listings from the 7/8 Segment:

Mentioned By Brian: Seniors Projects with New York Cares in Staten Island | Financial Work at the Somerset Art Association | Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | English-Spanish Translator at Day One NYC | Mediation Leader at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT

Here are some tips from our listners:

Alisa Kesten from Tarrytown, NY suggests that listeners from Westchester and Putnam interested in volunteering should search It is an organization that has connected 15,000 volunteers to 500 organizations.

Mark Walter from Albany, NY wants to point out that Gov. Patterson is supporting a new initiative called New Yorkers Volunteer that seeks to encourage more New Yorkers to volunteer.

Rebecca Missel from Morristown, NJ wants young Jewish adults (also welcoming of other faiths) living in Northern and Central NJ to check out Jersey Tribe, an organization that provides volunteer, philanthropic and social activities.

Andrew from the Bronx volunteers with the NYC Housing Authority in helping people looking for section 8 or other programs get placed in housing. He can be contacted at Metropolitan Residential at (212) 255- 5200.

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BL Show Summer Mixtape

The temperature is rising, are you staying in or heading out? We want your ideas for your favorite summer songs - tracks about hot weather or simply songs that are good for grilling, swimming, sitting in the a/c or whatever your preferred summer activity. (Miss our winter mixtape? Listen to it here!) We're creating a mix on our 8tracks page, and will update it as we get your suggestions.

To listen to the mix and add your own track click here!

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