DC Shuts Down; Obamacare Opens Up; Public Advocate Runoff

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House. March 23, 2010 (Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons)

Dr. Nirav Shah, the New York State Health Commissioner, talks about the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges, which go live today. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today on the government shutdown in DC and what comes next; Paul Danahar, former Middle East bureau chief for the BBC; and Ellen Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, on the museum’s new teacher training program. And we take your calls on today’s Public Advocate run-off as part of an Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll.

DC Shuts Down

The federal government will enter a partial shutdown today as lawmakers were unable to reach a deal to fund the budget through October. USA Today's Washington bureau chief Susan Page updates the latest, from who still works, who stays home, and what comes next.

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Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: NYC Public Advocate Runoff

It's back to the polls today to choose between the top two vote-getters in the Democratic primary to succeed Bill de Blasio as Public Advocate. Who gets your support? Daniel Squadron or Letitia James? Call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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30 Issues: The Future of Marijuana Laws in NYC

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Both Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio have indicated that they would decriminalize certain types of marijuana usage and try to reform the way New York City treats marijuana arrests. Gabriel Sayegh, New York Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, discuss their proposals and the future of drug policy under the next mayor and police commissioner.

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The New Middle East

Paul Danahar, the BBC's Middle East bureau chief (2010-2013) and the author of The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring, discusses his book and the current politics in the region.

→EVENT: Paul Danahar will be reading tonight at the NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway, at 6 PM. 

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Obamacare in New York

The Obamacare exchanges are open for business. New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, discusses the options uninsured New Yorkers now have, and answers questions about how to sign up.

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STEM Education at the Museum

President of the American Museum of Natural History, Ellen Futter talks about the museum's first graduating class of teachers, and their program to add to New York State's schools through teacher training.


Local Effects of Shutdown

Charlie Herman, WNYC business and economics editor, talks about where the effects of the federal government shutdown will be felt in this area.  Call us at 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692 if you have seen the effects already.


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