The de Blasio Team; Rev. Billy; Donor Siblings; Pension Problems

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Bill de Blasio at the Talking Transition tent (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Mayor-elect de Blasio appointed some key members of his administration. Hear analysis about what those choices signal. Plus: Billy Talen, a.k.a Reverend Billy, discusses criminal charges he's facing for an environmental protest he was part of; the new world for employees with pensions after the Detroit bankruptcy decision; and the person behind the Donor Sibling Registry, Wendy Kramer.

The Bratton Appointment and the Inequality Agenda

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio has appointed former Giuliani NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton to once again lead New York's police department. In a statement, de Blasio said that "Bill Bratton is a proven crime-fighter" who rejects "the false choice between keeping New Yorkers safe and protecting their civil rights. This is an Administration that will do both." Bratton added that "Mayor-Elect de Blasio’s priorities are my priorities."

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Reverend Billy Faces One Year in Jail

Billy Talen, aka "Reverend Billy", discusses the charges he faces for trespassing at JP Morgan Chase during an environmental protest and the possible year in jail he faces.

→ Photos of the Chase Protest

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Rolling Back Pensions in Detroit and Beyond

Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, discusses the decision to allow Detroit to roll back public pensions as part of its bankruptcy and the implications across the nation.

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Donor Siblings are Finding Ways to Connect

A new development in family ties connects brothers and sisters who share DNA through their sperm, embryo and egg-donor parents.

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Muslim Women and the "Somewhere in America" Video

A video of several young Muslim women wearing hijabs has ignited a debate about the portrayal of Muslim identity, fashion, and modesty. Sana Saaed, senior online editor for The Islamic Monthly, who wrote the piece, "Somewhere in America, Muslim Women are Cool" talks about her criticisms of the video's purpose and depiction of Muslim normalcy.

And Rabia Chaudry, columnist for the Muslim Channel at Patheos, and an attorney, discusses her piece, "Somewhere on the Internet, Muslim Women are Being Shamed", and her view of why the video's message is positive. Plus: we take calls from Muslim women on their reaction to the video.




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