Working Families Party; Sandy Aid Problems; Marijuana Legalization; NYC Quiz

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mayor de Blasio (NYC Mayor's Office)

Bill Lipton, the New York State director of the Working Families Party, discusses his party’s agenda and how it plans to keep Mayor de Blasio accountable. Plus: how Sandy aid disbursement is hurting Governor Christie’s reputation; a book on the history of marijuana legalization in the United States and its implications; and a quiz on local trivia for Brian Lehrer Show listeners and for Christopher Winn, the British author of a book about New York City secrets.

The Working Families Party Has Its Moment

The Working Families Party helped elect a raft of progressive City Council members, and one of their own - Melissa Mark-Viverito - is now speaker. Bill Lipton discusses their agenda, and how they plan to keep Mayor de Blasio accountable, from the left.

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Christie's Sandy Recovery Problem

Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for Politics and Policy at WNYC, explains why Chris Christie is sticking by Port Authority chair David Samson, and Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC reporter, explains how the slow distribution of Sandy aid money is dogging Chris Christie's reputation and further damaging his chances to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016.

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The Road To Legalized Marijuana

Nushin Rashidian and Alyson Martin, investigative journalists and co-authors of A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition (The New Press, 2014), discuss the history of cannabis legalization and the implications of legalized marijuana for the United States.

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Stump the NYC Scholar (and Brian)

How well do you know NYC history and trivia? With his latest book, I Never Knew That About New York  (Plume, 2014), Christopher Winn ventures across the Atlantic to tell us about our home town. And he'll quiz you! If you want to play, call 212-433-9692. If you get two quiz questions right in a row, you'll have a chance to stump Winn and Brian Lehrer with a question of your own!

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