Port Authority’s David Samson; What is America All About?; 20 Feet from Stardom

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The now former Port Authority Chairman David Samson at Newark International Airport announcing United Airlines adding routes in and out of Atlantic City Airport on Nov. 14, 2013 (Tim Larsen / Office of Governor Chris Christie)

In the wake of Governor Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal, Port Authority Chairman David Samson has been accused of colluding with the Governor and compromising commuter safety. We discuss the latest on Samson. Then: in his New York Times op-ed Bob Garfield from On the Media asks: “What is America all about?” Plus: our Oscar-nominated series continues with a look at the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.”

The Port Authority's Big Money Shifting Scheme

The Port Authority board’s chairman David Samson is well connected to Chris Christie, and the head of a powerful law firm. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein discusses her reporting on how Samson uses all three positions to his benefit.

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Inside the De Blasio Budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio released his preliminary budget yesterday. Kate Taylor, New York Times City Hall reporter, explains what's in the $73.7 billion spending plan - including a tax to fund pre-k, an inspector general for the NYPD, and more.


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Lunch Time Already? How Early School Lunches Affect Your Child

WNYC Data Reporter Coulter Jones and New York Daily News reporter Ben Chapman look at what the data tells us about too-early school lunch times and how they can affect students' performances.

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Goodbye Derek Jeter

Yankee legend Derek Jeter announced yesterday that this will be his last season. George Vecsey of The New York Times discusses his career and what's to come for the post-Jeter Yankees. We take your calls and tributes to the shortstop and captain. Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment below.

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"That's What America Is All About"

Declaring that some issue or value "is what America is all about" is one of America's favorite rhetorical flourishes. Bob Garfield, co-host of On The Media, talks about recent examples and takes your calls. 

Bob Garfield's New York Times Op-Ed

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Behind the Oscar Docs: 20 Feet from Stardom

This week we kicked off our annual series on Oscar nominated documentaries. We'll speak with the filmmakers behind all five films over the coming days: Cutie and the Boxer (Tuesday); The Square (Wednesday); 20 Feet from Stardom (Thursday); The Act of Killing (Friday); Dirty Wars (Monday)

Morgan Neville, director of the Oscar nominated feature documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," talks about his film bringing a bit of the spotlight to the back-up singers on so many classic tunes.

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