Senior Citizen Hangouts; Pedestrian Safety; The Start of World War I

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The corner of 96th and Broadway in Manhattan (athalfred/flickr)

New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim brokered a compromise between elderly Korean residents of Flushing who linger at a local McDonald’s and the fast-food restaurant. He’ll discuss the compromise, and Bobbie Sackman, director of public policy at the Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, discusses the importance of community spaces where seniors can socialize. Then: Sam Schwartz, aka the Daily News’ Gridlock Sam, looks at pedestrian safety and responsibility in the wake of several recent traffic fatalities on the Upper West Side. Plus: information about the development deal in Hoboken that was allegedly tied to Sandy funding; a new book about the start of World War I and filmmaker Godfrey Reggio on his new film “Visitors.” 

Understanding Senior Citizen Hangouts

After a conflict between elderly Korean residents in Queens and a local McDonald's where the seniors congregate, Bobbie Sackman, Director of Public Policy at the Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, explains the importance of community spaces where seniors can socialize. She is joined by New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim, who talks about the compromise he brokered between the elderly patrons who linger at a Flushing McDonald's and the fast-food restaurant.

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Fixing NYC's Most Dangerous Intersections

Former NYC Traffic Commissioner "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz takes a look at why one intersection on the Upper West Side is so dangerous. Plus, we take your nominations for NYC's most dangerous intersection.

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What We Know About That Hoboken Development Deal

Mayor Dawn Zimmer alleges that Sandy funding was tied to a development deal in Hoboken. Caren Matzner, editor at the Hoboken Reporter, discusses the history of the Rockefeller project. Then Steve Kornacki, MSNBC host and Salon writer, discusses his reporting on the Zimmer allegations and the growing Chris Christie scandals.

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Alcohol vs. Marijuana

Talking about marijuana, President Obama recently said “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” Denver-based journalist David Sirota talks about the connection between alcohol and marijuana and how alcohol played a role in the campaign to legalize marijuana .


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Starting World War I

Margaret MacMillan, professor of international history at Oxford and the author of The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (Random House, 2013), looks at the avoidable run-up to World War I and the misjudgments of European leaders who thought the war could be resolved quickly. The "Great War" lasted over four years and killed 16 million combatants and civilians.

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A Visit with Godfrey Reggio

Godfrey Reggio, director of "Koyaanisqatsi" (1982) and his new film, "Visitors", talks about this latest collaboration with composer Philip Glass and his style of wordless film-making.

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an annotated guide to whether you can turn left across a median

Your Guide to Turning Left When There's a Median

It's a classic driving conundrum: When turning left off a street with a wide median, can you continue to drive after you've turned, even if your new light is red? "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz explains.

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