Your Brain on Politics; NYMag's Adam Moss; Fighting Corruption in Albany

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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Following a columnist's question, we'll take your calls on how much emotional and psychic space politics should take up in a "normal healthy brain." Plus: Adam Moss, editor in chief of New York magazine, talks about changes to the magazine's print and online formats; more on the Moreland Commission on political corruption in Albany with Richard Brodsky, senior fellow at Demos; the latest on the student protests in Ukraine; and Amazon's announcement that they want to start delivering with drones.

Open Phones: Your Political Brain

In his New York Times column yesterday, David Brooks asks: How much emotional and psychic space should politics take up in a normal healthy brain? We take up the question: What's your answer? How do you find balance?

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Is the Moreland Commission Going to Really End Corruption?

Karen DeWitt, Capitol bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, discusses the recommendations of the Moreland Commission to combat public corruption in Albany. 

Then Richard Brodsky, senior fellow at Demos and former New York State assemblyman (D-Westchester), discusses political corruption in Albany.

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Two 'New York's: Digital Now, Print Every Other Week

New York magazine is going bi-monthy. Editor Adam Moss told Brian Lehrer that it was a cost-saving measure, but also one that "reflects the way people read now. People are being deluged… by choices… so we wanted to separate reading experiences. We have what we do on the web…and the more deliberative magazine."

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Ukraine Uprising

Buzzfeed foreign correspondent Max Seddon reports from Ukraine with the latest news on the massive protests that are putting the Ukrainian government on shaky ground.

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Amazon's Drone Delivery

Brad Stone, a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (Little, Brown and Company), talks about Amazon's announcement that they want to start delivering via drones.


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Mayor-elect de Blasio Announces Top Admin Picks

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has announced several key appointments to his cabinet this morning. Anthony Shorris will be first deputy mayor. Emma Wolfe will be Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. And Dominic Williams will be Shorris' Chief of Staff.

WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Kathleen Horan are at the press conference. Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, talks about the appointments and what they suggest about de Blasio's policy priorities. 

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