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Congressman Maloney; Time Picks the Pope; NJ Politics; X-Mas Tree Economy

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pope Francis meets with Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes during a private audience on November 25, 2013 at the Vatican. (Vincenzo Pinto/Getty)

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney discusses the Affordable Care Act and the ongoing disagreements about it in Congress. Plus: Time picks Pope Francis as the person of the year; WNYC's Sarah Gonzalez explains why access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge has become a political issue in New Jersey; the economy of Christmas trees; and another installment of Context and Movie with "Inside Llewyn Davis."

First Year Report: Sean Maloney

Sean Patrick Maloney, U.S. Representative (D-NY18) , talks about the new budget compromise, his first year in Congress and some of the issues facing his constituents, including the ACA and the Metro-North derailment.  Being from one of the few remaining competitive districts ("the Walkway over the Hudson district") means "I have to listen to everybody," Maloney says, unlike many of his colleagues who have little impetus to compromise.

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TIME for Pope Francis

Time Magazine picks Pope Francis for its annual "Person of the Year" honors. Time Magazine contributor Howard Chua-Eoan talks about the new pontiff and why he was selected.

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GW Bridge Lane Closure Politics

Sarah Gonzalez, the Northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR, discusses new testimony on the question of why access lanes for the George Washington Bridge were suddenly closed in September.

 

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Christmas Tree-onomics

We've been conducting a (very) informal poll about what WNYC listeners are paying for their Christmas trees this year. John Roundcity, Foreman at SoHo Trees (stationed around the corner from WNYC headquarters), and Galen Parke, tree farmer and seller for Adam Parke Trees, break down the economics of the pop-up Christmas tree industry.

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Brooklyn Elevated to Lesbian Mecca

Outgoing Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz told Brian Lehrer that his borough is, "the lesbian capital of New York City and the Northeast." More than Northampton? More than Provincetown? Let the debate commence.

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Context and a Movie: "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest (now airing on WNYC) and Elijah Wald, writer, musician and co-author of The Mayor of MacDougal Street (Da Capo Press, 2006), discuss the Coen brothers’ new movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" and take your calls on Greenwich Village back in the day.

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