Iran Deal; 'Undeserving Poor'; Bloomberg's Balanced Budget; Kids Presents

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

The latest details and analysis over the weekend's announcement of a nuclear weapons deal with Iran. Plus: WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Andrew Hawkins from Crain's New York Business offer up the latest on the transition from Mayor Bloomberg to Mayor de Blasio. How Senate filibuster rules in Washington changes national politics; UPenn history professor Michael Katz revisits his 1989 work in the new edition of The Undeserving Poor: America's Enduring Confrontation with Poverty: Fully Updated and Revised, and your calls on appropriate holiday gifts for kids. 

Monday Morning Politics: Post-Nuclear Options

Late Saturday night, President Obama announced an historic agreement with Iran to slow down that countries nuclear weapons development, in exchange for easing sanctions -- setting the table for a possible long-term deal. Fred Kaplan, "War Stories" correspondent for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster, 2013), and Julianna Goldman, White House correspondent for Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg News, discuss the details, from diplomacy to political impact.

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This Week in Transition

Brigid Bergin, WNYC politics reporter, and Andrew Hawkins, political reporter for Crain's New York Business, discuss the latest news in the de Blasio transition, from appointments to the final - balanced - Bloomberg budget.


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Willets Point Farewell?

Willets Point business owners who agree to make way for redevelopment by November 30 will get the maximum payout. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times staff reporter covering Queens, reports on what's next for the area and for the small auto repair shop owners and workers who have made their livelihoods there.

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How Much Your Fellow WNYC Listeners Are Spending on Thanksgiving

This weekend, our friends at "On The Media" reported on how news outlets love to hype that Thanksgiving dinner is getting more and expensive every year. Turns out, though, it's not really. Let's crowdsource the cost of Thanksgiving -- what are the major expenses for you this year? Is it more costly than in the past?

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A New Look at "The Undeserving Poor"

What causes poverty, and what can we do about it? Michael Katz, author of The Undeserving Poor: America's Enduring Confrontation with Poverty, says our social aid policies are based on the idea of who deserves help, not who needs it.

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Girls, Boys, and Toys: Gender-Neutral Gift Advice

Buying a toy – be it gender specific, or gender neutral – can be seen as a political statement these days. We open the phones and take your calls about what toys you're excited about giving to your children 7 and under this year, and how to navigate the gender issues around dolls, easy-bake ovens, pink vs. blue, and more. Tips and highlights from the conversation below.

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