Sandy Aid Issues; Stokely Carmichael Bio; Honorary Street Names

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Officials in some towns and cities in New Jersey say they aren't scheduled to get enough Sandy aid money – and that some towns with less damage are getting more. New Jersey Public Radio’s Scott Gurian explains the details behind the state’s review process for the funds. Plus: The founder and director of this year’s New York ReelAbilities Film Festival discuss this year’s lineup and policy issues in the films, which promote awareness and appreciation of people with disabilities; Peniel Joseph, the author of a new biography of Stokely Carmichael, talks about the political leader's controversial life; and a guide to the many honorary street names in New York City.  

Hoboken Gets Shortchanged On Sandy Money

Scott Gurian looks at how certain cities are not scheduled to receive what some officials in those cities say is a sufficient amount of Sandy aid money.

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Francis' First Ash Wednesday

It’s Ash Wednesday and this month is the one-year anniversary of the Francis papacy. Catholics, are you participating this year for the first time in a while? Are you getting ashes today? Are you going to make a sacrifice for lent this year?

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First Lady Coaching

New York Times Washington correspondent and the author of The Obamas (Back Bay Books, 2012) Jodi Kantor discusses the media coaching given to first ladies in light of the now-public documents from the Clinton-era White House, and how the old documents may affect Hillary Clinton today and her plans for the future.

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Telling the Story of Disability Through Film

This week marks the start of the ReelAbilities Film Festival, a collection of films "dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities."

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Stokely Carmichael's Life

Stokely Carmichael was a controversial figure in black rights, straddling both the non-violent and Black Panther movements. In his new biography, Stokely: A Life, Peniel Joseph, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University and contributing editor at, traces Carmichael’s life and what it says about the struggles for black power.

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Finally, a Guide to NYC's Honorary Street Names

Historian Gilbert Tauber put together an on-line database of all of NYC's honorary street names from 1998-2013, from A. Philip Randolph Boulevard to Zora Neale Hurston Place after the idea was suggested by Michael Miscione, acting Manhattan borough historian.  They discuss the results and the process of street-naming.  

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