Food Stamp Cuts; Better Streets for Cars and Cyclists; Marathon Weekend

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Friday, November 01, 2013

A welfare office in Staten Island. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Cuts to the food stamp program are scheduled to take effect today. We’ll hear about why the benefits have been scaled back. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with traffic engineer “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz and his proposals for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers on the road. Then, the candidates in the race for Nassau County Executive; NPR’s David Folkenflik on Rupert Murdoch’s empire; your calls on this weekend’s marathon; and does raising the legal purchase age of cigarettes discourage smoking?

Hunger Cliff

Triada Stampas, senior director of government relations for Food Bank for New York City, and Bill Tomson, senior agriculture reporter for POLITICO, discuss the cuts to food stamps that went into effect today.

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Stop and Frisk Judge Removed From Case

Judge Shira Scheindlin has been taken off of the stop and frisk case after a federal appeals court found that she gave the appearance of impartiality. Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for The New Yorker, CNN legal analyst and author of The Oath: the Obama White House and the Supreme Court, talks about the profile he wrote of Judge Scheindlin, as well as her remarks from the bench, which were cited in the appeals court's decision.

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Meet the Candidates for Nassau County Executive

The two candidates talk about the issues facing Nassau County in anticipation of next week's election. First up is former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi (Democrat), followed by Republican incumbent Edward Mangano.

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30 Issues: Can Bikes, Cars & Pedestrians Share?

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

Is peace possible between cyclists, drivers and pedestrians on the streets of New York? Sam Schwartz (aka Gridlock Sam at the Daily News), former NYC Traffic Commissioner and president and CEO of the traffic planning and engineering firm Sam Schwartz Engineering DPC, talks about the candidates' visions for fitting more cyclists onto crowded streets and his own proposal for promoting better cyclist behavior.

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Murdoch's World

As the trial of News International CEO Rebekah Brooks gets underway over her role in the phone hacking scandal, David Folkenflik, NPR media correspondent and author of Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires (PublicAffairs, 2013), talks about the scandal's impact on the media empire.

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Open Phones: What Makes This Marathon Different?

In the two years since the New York City marathon was last run, Sandy devastated many communities along the route, and the Boston marathon suffered a terrorist attack. Now that the marathon is back, what's different? Runners, watchers, family: Call in and tell us what's different this year, and what will be on your mind on Marathon Sunday.

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