Sanitation Commissioner; Sandy Aid Transparency; Bully Culture; Olympic Costs for Athletes

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Department of Sanitation depot full of salt and snow plows on the West Side Highway. A Department of Sanitation depot full of salt and snow plows on the West Side Highway. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New York City Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty has had a busy winter. He talks about the challenges his department faces removing snow and garbage from snowy and icy streets. Plus: New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney explains his plan for a ‘Sandy Bill of Rights;’ Slate’s Emily Bazelon rounds up current Supreme Court issues as well as her latest reporting on bully culture and an explanation of how Olympic athletes manage to cover their very expensive costs. 

The City's Big Cleanup: Mo Trash, Mo Problems

After this winter's abundant snow and ice, the city's sanitation department is working overtime to keep the streets clear and the garbage from piling up. 

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'Sandy Bill of Rights' Tour

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney is calling for a 'Sandy Bill of Rights' to bring transparency to recovery and aid programs. He discusses his recently-introduced legislation as well as his 'Bill of Rights' tour stopping in some of the hardest hit areas in New Jersey.

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Seeking Justice: Emily Bazelon on Bullying, SCOTUS, and More

Emily Bazelon is a senior editor and court watcher at Slate, a Politics Gabfest regular, and the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She discusses the re-issue of her book in paperback, recent cases of bullying including the Miami Dolphins locker room scandal, and a little about the current Supreme Court cases on the docket.

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How Exactly Do You Fund an Olympic Dream?

Funding your Olympic dream is not easy. Bobsledder Jamie Gruebel tried to crowd-fund $13,000 for Sochi, but ended up raising only $3,000. The Brian Lehrer Show breaks down how the vast majority of the athletes pay for their training -- from $6,000 skates to thousands of dollars in nutritional supplements.

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