De Blasio's Crime Record; DA Vance; Ask A Pilot; Pi Day

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Friday, March 14, 2014

NYPD officers wait in line during a ceremony at One Police Plaza. NYPD officers wait in line during a ceremony at One Police Plaza. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

Two months in to the de Blasio administration, a look at his crime record and policy, from claims of lower violent crimes, but reports of a spike in panhandling arrests. Murray Weiss of DNAInfo and the head of the Bronx Defenders discuss. Plus: Ask A Pilot about that missing Malaysian airliner; Manhattan DA Vance on efforts to curb domestic abuse; and we celebrate Pi Day in the geekiest way possible.

Mayor de Blasio's Crime Record (Two Months In)

Bill de Blasio is touting the drop in violent crime during his first months in office. We look at his early record with Murray Weiss, criminal justice reporter and editor for DNAInfo, and the emerging de Blasio/Bratton policing strategy.

Then, Robin Steinberg, founder and executive director of Bronx Defenders, discusses the sharp increase in panhandling arrests under de Blasio and whether "broken windows" is making a return.

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DA Vance Makes Tackling Domestic Abuse a Priority

At a time when crime numbers are down in New York City, domestic violence cases are up. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. explains how his office plans on addressing these kinds of crimes, and how the newly opened Manhattan Family Justice Center might help.

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Governor Cuomo on the Pre-K Back and Forth

Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses the continued back and forth between NYC and Albany over funding Universal pre-K throughout the city and state -- and other education issues like charters and 'common core" standards.

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Is "Bossy" A Bad Word?

Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts are trying to ban the word "bossy," saying discourages young girls from taking on leadership positions.

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Ask The Pilot: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

It's been a week since Flight 370 disappeared en route to Beijing. Patrick Smith, an airline pilot who blogs at, and author of  Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel (Sourcebooks), talks about what is known and unknown about the flight and the search, and takes your calls and questions.

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We Set a Record for Most Pi on the Radio!

To celebrate Pi Day, in collaboration with Record Setter, the Brian Lehrer Show set the WORLD RECORD FOR MOST DIGITS OF PI RECITED BY CALLERS TO A PUBLIC RADIO TALK SHOW. Watch the video evidence now.


For the Love of Pi

Time to celebrate Pi Day! March 14 = 3.14, get it? We've got a mathematician to explain why the irrational number that goes on and on and on... is both beautiful and elegant.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

Neil deGrasse Tyson (First) | Mt. Sinai Investigation (Starts at 24:30) | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Starts at 38:00)

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