Remnick on Sochi; Obamacare Rollout Problems; MFA or NYC

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Lauren Cholewinski of the US competes during the Women's 500m Speed Skating event during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (Antonin Thuillier/Getty)

The Sochi Olympics wrapped up over the weekend. New Yorker editor David Remnick recaps the politically-tense Winter Games. Plus: MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter explains how President Obama’s management style led to what Alter calls the failure of the launch of the Affordable Care Act and the author of The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach, and literary agent Mel Flashman discuss the two different routes contemporary fiction writers can take to achieve professional success. 

David Remnick Returns from Sochi

The Winter Olympics are over, but the geopolitical conversation about Russia continues. New Yorker editor David Remnick, who was in Sochi doing commentary for NBC, discusses the games, Russian politics, the latest from Ukraine, and more.

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Defending New York's Wine

Did you catch the scene in "House of Cards" where a character says Long Island wine tastes like "piss"? Turns out, there are lots of vineyards in Nassau and Suffolk counties, making some pretty well-respected wines. We discuss the local wine scene, the economic impact of all this snow, and take your recommendations.

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Analyzing the Obamacare Rollout Failure

Jonathan Alter, MSNBC analyst and author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One (Simon & Schuster, 2010), talks DC politics and his Foreign Affairs analysis of the how the president's management style led to a failed launch of the ACA.

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To Be a Writer: MFA or NYC?

Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding, and Mel Flashman, a literary agent, are editor and contributor respectively of MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction (n+1, 2014). They will be having a launch event at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Tuesday, February 25.

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How Should Emergency Vehicles Drive in Non-Emergency Situations?

Mayor de Blasio's driver and security detail have been caught speeding and running through stop signs days after the mayor announced a traffic safety initiative called "Vision Zero." Murray WeissDNAinfo columnist and criminal justice editor, talks about emergency vehicles, public officials and traffic laws.

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