NYC Transition at City Hall; Twitter IPO; Native New Yorkers

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall (William Alatriste)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is putting together his transition team. WNYC's Brigid Bergin and NY1's Errol Louis discuss what we know so far about his plans. Plus: a conversation about the new power structure of the city council; President Obama's record on economic growth; the Twitter IPO and what it means for tweeters; and growing up in New York City.

What You Need to Know About the de Blasio Transition Team

After twelve years of Bloomberg, it's now up to Mayor-elect de Blasio to build a new team. Brigid Bergin, WNYC politics reporter and Errol Louis, NY1 host, discuss the four people announced yesterday, and what it says about the new government.

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New City Council

Colby Hamilton, City Hall reporter at DNAinfo, talks about how the City Council will change in January and who might be the next speaker.

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Obama, Reagan, the Stock Market, and Twitter IPO

President Obama recently surpassed Ronald Reagan's record for stock market gains made while in office. The S&P 500 shows a 120% rise, beating the 118% gain made during Ronald Reagan's presidency, and catching up to President Clinton's 220% record. Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek discusses the economy during the Obama tenure and how it compares to Reagan-era economics.

Then, Tim Carmody, technology, business, and culture writer, and former senior writer at Wired, joins Roben to discuss today's Twitter IPO and what it could mean for the user experience and for the tech sector generally.


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Walking and Remembering in New York City

This interview originally aired live on the Brian Lehrer Show on November 7, 2013. An edited version was included in a best-of show on December 24, but you can hear the original audio here. 

In his new book The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood, Roger Rosenblatt, reflects on his childhood in Gramercy Park and returning to the neighborhood in an evening walk many years later.

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Open Phones: Was Bloomberg Your Only Mayor?

This segment was edited for time and aired as part of a best-of episode on December 24, 2013. The audio from the live show is posted here and dates from November 7, 2013.

Over the last twelve years, New York City attracted hundreds of thousands of people from around the country and the world to move here. For those of you New Yorkers who moved here under Bloomberg, or who grew up as a native New Yorker in the last 12 years, what do you make of the imminent de Blasio era? What will it be like to not have Bloomberg as your mayor? What do you want to preserve, what do you want to change? And what do you make of the de Blasio critics who talk about the "bad old days" -- do you have a sense of New York City's past in that context? Call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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screenshot of Brian Lehrer and Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report

Five Things About Appearing on Colbert

On Wednesday night, Brian Lehrer was invited to the Colbert Report to speak with Stephen about the New York City mayor's race and more. Here are a few of Brian's takeaways.

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