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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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The New York Attorney General has subpoenaed information about AirBnB hosts, according to the company. WNYC’s Charlie Herman explains what’s known about the request for information, and what it says about the company’s legal battles in New York City. Then, Mark Tushnet of Harvard previews the new Supreme Court term. Plus: we’ll hear about a decision from the Dominican Republic to strip citizenship from those born in the country to Haitian parents; an architecture professor explains humanism and the discipline; and a deep dive into the history of our government in crisis with Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer.

NY AG Subpoenas AirBnB User Info

New York-area hosts have received an email from AirBnB letting them know that the New York Attorney General has subpoenaed their personal information. Charlie Herman, Business and Economics Editor for WNYC News, and Matt Chaban of the Daily News explain the legal issues and what hosts can expect.

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Government in Crisis, in Context

As Tea Party Republicans insist that Obamacare be defunded or delayed, government has ground to a halt. What do we make of this moment in historical context? Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History (Princeton University Press, 2012) discusses the history of shutdowns, inter-party schisms, and other moments of crisis.

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The Roberts Court

The Supreme Court starts a new term this week with a key campaign finance case. Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet, In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013), discusses how political concerns influence the court's deliberations -- and the big cases being decided this term.

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Citizenship in the Dominican Republic

The government of the Dominican Republic has decided to revoke citizenship from those born in the country to Haitian migrants. Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, and Associate Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at UC Berkeley, Roxanna Altholz, explains what the decision will mean for the thousands of Dominican citizens of Haitian descent who are now stateless, and what led to the decision. Edward Paulino, professor of history at John Jay College and an organizer of Border of Lights, a group dedicated to Haitian-Dominican history, talks about relations between the two countries. 

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Architecture for Amateurs

Witold Rybczynski, emeritus professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of many books, including his latest How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit (Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2013), offers a beginner's guide to architecture, including a "walk-through" of submissions to the competition for the National Museum of African-American history.

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30 Issues: Neighborhood Hospitals

The Brian Lehrer Show's election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this week with a series of conversations about a variety of topics. See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

The closing of hospitals throughout New York City has been a contentious issue in the mayor's race so far, and will be a challenge for whoever the next mayor is. Fred Mogul, Healthcare and Medicine Reporter at WNYC and The New York Times's Anemona Hartocollis discuss the Lhota and de Blasio positions and the future of health care in New York City.

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"Write. Rewrite. Stop." Brian's Advice to Writers

I recently got a chance to speak at the presentation of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, put on by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Here are my remarks, with advice for writers young and old.

I was asked to choose some words of advice to give to young writers. I have three words: write, rewrite and stop.

If you want to make it at something, do it all the time. If you love to write and want to be a writer, write along with your life. Write about the mundane things that happen in your day and you'll wind up finding meaning in them that you didn't know was there until the writing made you start to think. I sometimes tell people I think with my fingers, meaning give me a keyboard, any keyboard, when I want to really think something through. So write along with your life. Then write about things outside your life.

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