Development Deals; Hannukah in the U.S.; Lying

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Development projects are making their way through the approval pipeline in the final weeks of Mayor Bloomberg’s last term before Bill de Blasio takes office. Charles Bagli of The New York Times talks about the process and why developers are trying to get deals firmed up before the change in City Hall. Plus: your calls on the nature of Hannukah in the United States and how you celebrate the holiday; neuroscientist Sam Harris on his new essay on lying and the harmful deception in our society; and calls from shop owners promoting themselves to other listeners ahead of this weekend’s “Small Business Saturday.”

Details Emerge on de Blasio's Education Agenda

We play excerpts from an education forum at which Mayor-elect de Blasio spoke and discuss the latest transition news with Wall Street Journal political reporter Michael Howard Saul.

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Sam Harris: Lying is the "Sin That Paves the Way to Every Other Sin"

This segment originally aired on November 27, 2013. An edited version (which does not include any references to Santa whatsoever) was aired on December 26 as part of a best-of show. The audio of the original version (spoiler alert: Santa) is posted here.

"Christmas can be fun without lying to your kids about Santa," says Sam Harris, neuroscientist and now author of Lying (Four Elephants Press, 2013). He discusses his new essay on lying and why he thinks lies of all kinds can corrode society. Even in the case of a terminally ill family member, "if you give a truly open-ended and hopeful diagnosis, you don't allow [your loved one] to do all the things they'd probably want to do if they knew they only had six months to live. You need to say what's true and useful." At the end of the interview, he tells the story of admitting that he'd used drugs to a customs agent.

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A Democrat Against the Iran Deal

Eliot Engel, Democratic congressman representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester, discusses what he has called the "disappointing" deal with Iran and his concerns that it does not go far enough in removing that country's nuclear capability.

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Rushed Development Deals

In 2009, Michael Bloomberg said that zoning was perhaps his biggest legacy. In the final months before he leaves office, the mayor has worked furiously to complete or jump-start development deals. Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter, discusses the various projects around the city, and their lasting impact.

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Hanukkah, American-Style

Dianne Ashton, professor of religion studies and former director of the American Studies program at Rowan University and author of Hanukkah in America: A History (NYU Press, 2013), talks about the ways American Jews adapted Hanukkah traditions.

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Map: Buy from a Fellow WNYC Fan

After Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday. We're building a guide to listener-owned brick-and-mortar businesses. Explore the map to find stores in your neighborhood, and if you're a store-owner add yours now!

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