De Blasio Transition; 60 Minutes Apology; Ken Burns; Babies' Morals

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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

As we learn more about what a de Blasio administration will look like, WNYC's Andrea Bernstein discusses the transition. Plus: following up on the 60 Minutes apology over their coverage of the 2012 Benghazi attack; filmmaker Ken Burns on his new film The Address about memorizing the Gettysburg address; and Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom on his new book Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil.

Anticipating Bill De Blasio's Policy Positions

While Bill de Blasio has been very clear where he stands on certain issues, he has not yet taken a public stand on a number of other policy decisions. Dana Rubenstein, reporter for Capital New York, and Andrea Bernstein, Metro Editor for WNYC News, provide their predictions for the new mayor.

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60 Minutes' Benghazi Apology

CBS News chief Jeff Fager has called the 60 Minutes report on Benghazi "as big a mistake as there has been" in the program's history. Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert explains why and describes what was missing from Lara Logan's apology over the weekend.

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Barneys, Macy's, and 'Shop and Frisk'

Recent accusations of racial profiling at Barneys and Macy's -- and a controversy over Jay-Z's partnership with Barneys -- has started a conversation about "shop and frisk" and the role of African-American consumers, particularly at the luxury item level. Rashad Robinson, Executive Editor of ColorOfChange, discusses the cases and what it says about both race and business in America. 

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Are We Born Knowing Right from Wrong?

Paul Bloom, professor of psychology at Yale and the author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil (Crown, 2013), argues that even though research shows we're born with a sense of justice, reason plays a part in how society defines morality.

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WNYC (and You!) Read the Gettysburg Address

inspired by Ken Burns' call to action to get everyday Americans to read the Gettysburg Address, we made something of our own, with Brian Lehrer, Brooke Gladstone of On The Media, Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, and other producers from WNYC.

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