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Public Advocate Letitia James; Bridgegate Update; SOTU Proposals; Dating Economics; Super Bowl Cities

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Public Advocate Letitia James heads to Albany to rally for education funding in the state budget on January 14, 2013. Public Advocate Letitia James heads to Albany to rally for education funding in the state budget on January 14, 2013. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New York's new public advocate Letitia James talks about her approach to the job and reacts to the city's decision to drop its appeal of the stop-and-frisk decision.  Plus: Matt Katz updates the Bridgegate news; MyRA's explained; women's wage gap; an economist's take on online dating; and Seattle and Denver fans on why their city is best.

Meet Public Advocate Tish James

Letitia James, new New York City Public Advocate , discusses her goals for the office and the news of the day, including the de Blasio administrations's decision to drop a stop-and-frisk ruling appeal.

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Chris Christie's Public Records Foul

Documents show that the New Jersey governor's office has been keeping some expenditures quiet despite laws that require official business to be made public. Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein have been covering the unfolding scandal, and join us to talk about Christie's transparency problems.

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SOTU Follow-Up: What's a MyRA?

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama proposed a new retirement savings plan called MyRA. Richard Rubin, Bloomberg News reporter, explains how myRAs work (. . .and how they're pronounced).

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SOTU Follow-Up: Women's Wages

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama referred to "workplace policies that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode." Betsy Reed, executive editor of The Nation, discusses his appeal for women's wage equity and what policy proposals come next.

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The Microeconomics of Online Dating

Paul Oyer, Stanford business school economist and the author of Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Online Dating (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014), teaches microeconomics and trying out the internet dating scene. He shares the many parallels between both worlds.

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Be the Coolest at Your Super Bowl Party with Census Stats on Denver and Seattle

From population to median household size, the Brian Lehrer Show compares Denver and Seattle census data -- and takes calls about the food, music, weather and more in each city.

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