NSA Spying; Obamacare Updates; Making Better Decisions; Soccer in the Bronx

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A federal judge says that NSA's collection of phone data is probably unconstitutional. Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal discusses the implications. Plus: the latest on Obamacare; Noreena Hertz on her new book Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World; Daniel Campo on his book The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned; and whether city subsidies should go toward a new soccer team and stadium in the Bronx. 

The End of NSA Spying?

In a fiercely worded opinion, a federal judge said NSA phone surveillance is an "indiscriminate and arbitrary" invasion of privacy that may violate the Fourth Amendment. Siobhan Gorman of the Wall Street Journal says the opinion opens the way for Edward Snowden's to ultimately be vindicated.

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Obamacare Updates

Enrollment is up, but the government continues to push some Obamacare enrollment deadlines. Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, former editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, and healthcare analyst  for "PBS NewsHour," discusses the latest on the Affordable Care Act roll-out.

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How To Make Better Decisions (Hint: Get Sleep)

Get sleep. Have a healthy skepticism of experts. Be aware of your emotions. Oh, and -- GET SLEEP. Noreena Hertz, author of Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World, shares her tips.

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The Williamsburg Waterfront and Park Creation

Daniel Campo, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, former planner for NYC, and the author of The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned  (Fordham University Press, 2013), looks at the way the North Brooklyn waterfront went from abandoned urban space to de facto neighborhood playground to luxury development, and what lessons that history holds for the creation of public spaces.

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More Tax Breaks for the Yankees?

The Yankees and the British soccer team Manchester City are in talks with the city to bring a 28,000-seat soccer stadium to the Bronx in exchange for tax breaks. WNYC reporter, Jim O'Grady, explains what kind of deal the Yankees and Manchester City are hoping to get, and why it includes a bailout for a bankrupt parking garage. 

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