30 Issues: Pre-K; The Moreland Commission; Local MacArthur Geniuses; U.N. Goals

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Election week in the 30 Issues in 30 Days election series continues with a conversation about funding Pre-Kindergarten with Gotham Schools reporter Geoffrey Decker; the latest in the Moreland Commission's investigations into corruption in Albany; and local MacArthur genius grant winners. 

30 Issues: Funding Pre-K

It's Education Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

NYC Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio says he will tax the wealthy to pay for expanded pre-K; Joe Lhota opposes the idea. Geoffrey Decker, staff reporter at, examines both proposals and the research around the impact of pre-K on education and poverty.

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Open Phones: Does it Matter that de Blasio Visited Nicaragua in 1988?

Recent reporting on mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's early activism shows that he visited Nicaragua in 1988 (on a humanitarian trip to deliver medical supplies), and was part of various groups in the US sympathetic to the Soviet-backed Sandinista government -- particularly as they fought off the US-backed Contra rebels. So: Does any of this matter? Does de Blasio's activism of 25 years ago indicate a core philosophy as his rivals have charged? How much does the context of the late-1980s Cold War activism matter? Call 212-433-9692 or post your thoughts below.

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U.N. Development Goals

John Hendra, assistant secretary-general at the UN Women and co-chair of the UN Development Group Millennium Development Goals Task Force, discusses the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.

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More on the Moreland Commission

Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief and columnist for the Albany Times-Union, talks bout the latest on corruption in Albany and the Moreland Commission's work, including the arrest of William Rapfogel.

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MacArthur Geniuses on Health Policy

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Camden physician and founder and executive director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Julie Livingston, public health historian and anthropologist at Rutgers University, have been named as 2013 MacArthur "Geniuses." They'll talk about their fellowship and their work in public health.

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Jersey City Gets Paid Sick Leave

The Jersey City legislature has passed a paid sick leave bill and Mayor Steven Fulop is prepared to sign it. Mayor Fulup discusses when it will kick in and who it will affect. 

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