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Harlem Blast; Govs for Common Core; Tesla Troubles in NJ; American Africans

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The latest on the massive gas explosions in Harlem, which leveled two buildings and killed seven (as of 8:30am Thursday). Plus: Delaware Governor Jack Markell speaks out in support of the Common Core as the national standards are questioned in New York and other states. Plus: The electric car company Tesla is contesting a new rule in New Jersey that bans car companies from selling cars directly to consumers; author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on her novel Americanah, which is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award; and tech investor Ben Horowitz shares lessons he learned about making tough decisions while running a new business.

The Latest on the Harlem Explosion

As of 7:15 Thursday evening, the NYPD reports that eight people died as a result of the massive explosion on 116th St. in East Harlem. WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen updates the news about yesterday's fatal gas explosion that leveled two buildings on Park Avenue. Also, Robert Rodriguez, New York State Assembly Member (D-68th) representing East Harlem, talks about the emergency response and resources available to those affected by the explosion in his district, and any policy response that may be proposed. Plus, Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, offers advice for preparing for and responding to disasters like yesterday's gas explosion.

Later, Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future returns to discuss their report on NYC's aging infrastructure and the role it might have played in the explosion.

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Governors for Common Core

With the switch to Common Core standards under attack in New York, Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and former Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont are among several governors who want to speak up in support of the national standards.

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Why Tesla Can't Sell Cars Directly to NJ Drivers

A new rule in New Jersey bans car companies from selling vehicles directly to customers. Hunter Walker,  politics editor for Business Insider, explains what the decision means for the electric car company Tesla, which doesn't want to work with car dealerships that sell gas-powered cars.

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Learning to be Black in America

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novel Americanah profiles a young Nigerian immigrant's culture shock in the U.S., talks about being African in America.

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Tech Money Man's Lessons

Drawing on his experience with his own start-up tech firm, as well as investing in companies like Airbnb, Foursquare, Gilt, Pinterest and Twitter, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of the tech venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (HarperBusiness, 2014), shares his lessons on how to make the tough calls in running a new business, and also mixes in some rap lyrics.

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