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Debt Ceiling Update; Bloomberg and His Data; U.S. Senate Candidate Lonegan; and Arts Funding

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Hear the latest on the fight over whether to at least temporarily raise the debt ceiling--and whether we're any closer to ending the government shutdown with NPR reporter Tamara Keith. Plus: the expansion of data analytics during the Bloomberg years; Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from New Jersey Steve Lonegan; and a conversation about arts funding under the next mayor of New York. 

Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize goes to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN and contributing global affairs anchor for ABC, talks about their role in resolving the chemical weapons crisis in Syria.

 

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The Search for Avonte Oquendo

Today marks one week since Avonte Oquendo ran away from his special education school. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org,  talks about the search and the claim his family filed against the city, citing negligence.

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Latest on the Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Fight

NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith discusses the latest GOP proposal to temporarily end the standoff over raising the debt ceiling and if the Democrats and White House will accept.

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Michael Eisner

Michael Eisner, co-founder of the Eisner Foundation and former chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, talks about his foundation's work to promote multi-generational programming, and his thoughts on the state of the economy.

*Spoiler alert: in the course of discussing the government shutdown, the ending (final shot) of the film "Gravity" is discussed. 

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Michael Flowers: On Data in the Bloomberg Era

The use of data about New York City has expanded under the Bloomberg administration. We know more about pedestrian traffic, recycling, 311 calls, tree plantings, elementary school testing, and more from the numbers collected.

Director of Analytics for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Michael Flowers, explains what metrics tell us about how NYC runs now and will run in the future. The Guggenheim houses his event tonight at 6:30 pm

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Steve Lonegan: Republican Candidate for Senate

Steve Lonegan, Republican candidate for Senate in New Jersey and former mayor of Bogota, talks about the race and what he would bring to the Senate if elected.

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30 Issues: Funding for the Arts

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

New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Kate Levin, talks about the Bloomberg administration's support for NYC's artists and arts organizations as listeners call in to make the case to the next mayor.

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