Political Favors; Avonte Oquendo; New Yorker's Editor-in-Chief; Brain Power

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Friday, January 24, 2014

How much is too much when it comes to political horse-trading? Brigid Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, and David Plotz, editor of Slate and host of Slate Political Gabfest, discuss the line between politics as usual and political corruption. Plus: the realities of caring for children with autism, an "Ask the Editor" with New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick, and award-winning science journalist David Hurley describes how brain exercises made him smarter… and how you can do the same. 

Are Political Favors Getting a Bad Name?

In New Jersey, Chris Christie and his staff face allegations that they punished their political opponents by causing traffic jams. In New York City, new City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is rewarding her allies with plum jobs. So what counts as effective carrot-and-stick politics, and what's crosses the line? Brigid Harrison, of Montclair State and David Plotz, editor of Slate, discuss.

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How Can We Prevent Another Avonte Oquendo Tragedy?

Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks, examines the realities of caring for autistic children after the tragic news of Avonte Oquendo's death.

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An Hour With David Remnick

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, talks about his recent Obama profile, his upcoming work with NBC at the Sochi Olympics, and more. Plus an "Ask the Editor" call-in.

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Tips for Building Brain Power

For his new book, Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power, Dan Hurley tried out all sorts of brain-boosting techniques so you don't have to. He offers his top tips, from enlisting the help of the internet to taking advantage of a wandering mind.

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