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National Politics; City Council Leader; Super Bowl; California Drought; Anna Quindlen; Open Phones

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. (Getty Images)

Mara Liasson, NPR national politics correspondent, analyzes the national political news. Plus: City Council Deputy Majority Leader Brad Lander talks about leadership, Super Bowl week kicks off, California suffers a drought, Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen discusses her latest novel, and open phones.

Monday Morning Politics with Mara Liasson

President Obama's team is promising that 2014 will be a "year of action," starting with tomorrow night's State of the Union speech. NPR national politics correspondent Mara Liasson previews the address and discusses the latest news out of Washington.

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Rules for the New City Council

City Council deputy majority leader and chair of the Rules Committee (Brooklyn 39th) Brad Lander talks about his City Council leadership role and the progressive bloc's agenda.

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Steven Fulop of Jersey City

Both Super Bowl teams are staying in Jersey City - Mayor Steven Fulop discusses how the New Jersey economy will be affected. Plus: the Jersey City mayor's reaction to Bridgegate.

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In The Midst Of The Polar Vortex, A Drought In California

In light of California Governor Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought emergency, Lauren Sommers, science and environmental reporter at KQED, discusses the political and environmental effects of the drought. 

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Still Life with Anna Quindlen

The heroine of novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen's latest work, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, is a 60-something prize-winning photographer figuring out what to do next.

EVENT: Anna Quindlen will be interviewed by Katie Couric on Jan. 28 at 7:00pm at Barnes & Noble Union Square .The event space opens at 5:00 pm. Priority seating goes to those with book purchase.

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Who Taught You To Be a New Yorker?

In today's "Metropolitan Diary," a man writes about how a native NYCer taught him how to properly eat a bagel. Brian Lehrer Show listeners chime in with other lessons they got that helped turn them into "real" New Yorkers, from swiping a metro card correctly to wearing proper shoes.

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