Comptroller Scott Stringer; Ethnicity and Success; Is Sochi Ready?

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

A man hole is seen in the Olympic Park ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Getty/Getty)

Scott Stringer has been in the Comptroller's office for a month; he talks about pressing Albany to allow New York City to raise the minimum wage, auditing the finances of the Queens Library, and more. Then: Author Amy Chua caught heat for her 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. She and husband Jed Rubenfeld discuss their controversial new book about ethnicity and success, The Triple Package. Plus: Reuters's Timothy Heritage reports from Sochi about whether Russia is ready for the Winter Olympics.

Dealing With Addiction

Phillip Seymour Hoffman struggled with drug and alcohol abuse at the age of 22, then relapsed 23 years later, dying of a heroin overdose this past Sunday. Carrie Wilkens, clinical director of the Center for Motivation and Change and the co-author of Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change helps lead a discussion about addiction, support, and treatment. If you've struggled with addiction, or have a loved one who has, what lessons can we draw from Hoffman's death? Call 212-433-9692...

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Comptroller Scott Stringer's First Month in Office

Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller, discusses his first month in office, from minimum wage efforts to his library audit and more. 

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Tiger Mom Amy Chua on our 'Common Values'

Amy Chua, author of the controversial book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, says a common set of "values and beliefs, habits and practices" cut across race and culture to help kids of all backgrounds.

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Aging and Long-Term Unemployment

Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, talks about the CBO report on the effect of Obamacare on jobs, plus age discrimination's part in long-term unemployment. Then Ruth Finkelstein, senior vice president of policy and planning for the New York Academy of Medicine, continues the discussion on aging and long-term unemployment and talks about her work on the Age-Smart Awards Program.


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These Tweets Do Not Inspire Much Confidence About Sochi

As members of the media arrive in Sochi for the Olympics, they are finding unfinished buildings, open pot-holes -- not to mention hotel rooms without doorknobs. The Brian Lehrer Show checks in with a reporter in Sochi for some context.

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