Universal Pre-K; International Risks; Defending DOMA; Children's Lit

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Mayor elect Bill de Blasio reading "Where the Wild Things Are" to pre-schoolers (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Capital Tonight host Liz Benjamin and NY1's Grace Rauh discuss the showdown between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo over universal Pre-K. Ian Bremmer, president of political risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group, predicts the biggest international risks ahead in 2014. Roberta Kaplan explains her role in the Supreme Court DOMA decision. Plus: author Kate DiCamillo talks about her new post as ambassador for young people's literature.

How to Stay Safe in the Cold

Thomas Farley, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, offers advice for dealing with today's extreme cold temperatures.


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Cuomo and de Blasio's Pre-K Showdown

Liz Benjaminhost of Capital Tonight and State of Politics blogger, and Grace Rauh, NY1 political reporter, discuss the showdown between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio over Universal Pre-K.


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Risks in 2014

Over the weekend business magnate George Soros expressed worries that years of GDP shrinkage in China could lead to a full-fledged economic slowdown in 2014 that could have major effects on global markets. Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, discusses his report on global political risks for 2014.

EVENT: Ian Bremmer will be speaking at the Carnegie Council for International Ethics on January 14 from 6-7:45pm. The event is open to the public.

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Menachem Stark's Murder Shakes the Orthodox Community

Josh Nathan-Kazis, staff writer for The Jewish Daily Forward , talks about what is known about the kidnapping and death of Menachem Stark, a prominent Satmar Jewish developer and landlord in Brooklyn.


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Why Marriage is the Ultimate Battle for Gays

Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who argued Edie Windsor's challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in front of the Supreme Court, talks about the current gay rights cases making their way through the legal system and why she thinks the next big Supreme Court decisions about same-sex marriage may come from cases in states like Ohio, Virginia and Utah. “Because being gay is about who you love, and being married in our legal system is the representation or manifestation of that, I think that in a lot of ways, marriage is the ultimate battle,” Kaplan said. Hear whether she thinks the Supreme Court will decide soon whether Americans have a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

TONIGHT: Roberta Kaplan will be speaking with Edie Windsor and comedian and actress Judy Gold at the 92Y at 8:15 p.m.

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An Ambassador for Children's Literature

Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux, talks about her new job as national ambassador for young people's literature and the fight to keep reading alive in an age of competing entertainment.

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