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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's not just Bloomberg who says goodbye on January 1st -- Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is also leaving office after twelve years. We discuss his time in office and the rise of Brooklyn over the last decade. Plus: New York Times reporter Andrea Elliott on her five-part series about homeless child, which she spent a year reporting. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defends Common Core. And a Hare Krishna monk discusses life in NYC.

Profiling a "Girl in the Shadows"

New York Times reporter Andrea Elliot spent a year with Dasani, a child living with her family in a Brooklyn shelter -- one of 22,000 homeless children in New York City. She describes the process of gaining the family's trust, and the policy response to the personal story she chronicled.

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Marty Markowitz on the Rise of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, knows some people disparagingly call him a "cheerleader," but he says a big part of his job is to "lift people's spirits." He discusses his twelve years in office, his regrets (not bringing more manufacturing to Brooklyn), bike lanes (still very skeptical), and the rise of the Brooklyn "cool." Oh, and why Brooklyn is the lesbian capital of the Northeast.

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Likud on Iran Deal

Secretary Kerry is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Tuesday afternoon about the interim agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons. Danny Danon, Israeli deputy defense minister (Likud) and the author of Israel: The Will to Prevail (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), explains conservative Israelis’ skepticism of the deal.

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Defending Common Core

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about the continued rollout of Common Core standards as she and State Education Commissioner John King hold forums to hear parents' concerns.

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Urban Monk

This segment originally aired live on the Brian Lehrer Show on December 10th. An edited version was included as part of a best-of episode on December 26. The unedited audio is posted here.

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, monk, lecturer, first-ever Hindu chaplain for Columbia University, New York University, and Union Theological Seminary, and the author of  Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine (Conscious Living, LLC, 2013), talks about his spiritual journey and what it’s like being a Hare Krishna monk in NYC.

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