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Monday, December 02, 2013

The latest on the Metro-North derailment in the Bronx. Cyber Monday meets Obamacare. De Blasio transition latest. Plus: Bloomberg Businessweek's Roben Farzad explains why stock market analysts are warning of a crash right as many casual investors rush in; designer Kenneth Cole talks about how the AIDS research and advocacy group amfAR got its start; and stories about immigration and the things people bring with them to their new home countries.

So If Healthcare.gov is Working, Now What?

Two months, 400 software bugs, and countless headaches later, the Obama administration says healthcare.gov will now work 95% of the time. What does this mean for the fate of the Affordable Care Act? Neil King, Wall Street Journal national political correspondent, discusses the latest news out of Washington.

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Local Politics Roundup: Derailments, Transitions, Appointments

This is a week when many political watchers expect announcements from the de Blasio transition team on high-level appointments. But the news of the morning is the Metro-North derailment, and the questions it raises about our local transportation infrastructure. Mayor Bloomberg did not appear at the crash scene, and a spokesperson referred to the crash as a state and MTA matter; de Blasio issued a statement and his office says he's in touch with authorities. Joel Siegel , managing editor for politics for the New York Daily News, sets the week in local politics.

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Don't Worry, Trains Are (Mostly) Still Safe

George Bibel, mechanical engineering professor and author of Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters --  says that trains are up to 20 times safer than car travel (and 45 if you discount a recent Los Angeles crash), but that high-profile accidents like this can change perception.

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Stock Market Crash on the Horizon?

The stock market is at historic levels, but analysts are starting to voice concerns right as more casual investors are rushing to join in. Roben Farzad, economics reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses what's driving the growth and why "mom and pop" may have terrible timing.

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Kenneth Cole and amfAR

Kenneth Cole, designer and chairman of the nonprofit AIDS research group amfAR, talks about the new documentary he executive produced - "The Battle of amfAR" - about the start of the research and advocacy group.

→ Premiere: "The Battle of amfAR" airs tonight on HBO, at 9 p.m E.T.

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Open Phones: What You Brought To This Country

John Rudolph, executive producer of Feet in 2 Worlds, talks about a new Feet in 2 Worlds/Cowbird project collecting stories about what immigrants brought to this country, and takes your calls.

 

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