Monday Morning Politics; Neil deGrasse Tyson; Judy Chicago on Arts Education

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo in State Capitol Red Room in January 2014 (Matt Ryan/WMHT)

Charter schools and funding universal pre-k are just two of the issues where Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo diverge. Ken Lovett of the Daily News and WNYC’s Brigid Bergin round up local political news, including the ongoing clashes between the mayor and governor. Plus: astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson on his new show “Cosmos,” a reboot of the show originally hosted by Carl Sagan; the latest on the crisis in Ukraine; and the artist, teacher and author Judy Chicago talks about her own education in the arts, and offers critiques of arts education today.

Local News Round Up: Carriages, Pre-K Funding, TLC

Brigid Bergin, City hall and politics reporter at WNYC, and Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, round up the local city news - from universal pre-k and the charter school debate to the mayor's relationship with Governor Cuomo and other news out of Albany.

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Back to the Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and host of the new series "Cosmos," discusses his work in astronomy, and takes questions from listeners. If you're worried about the multi-verse collapsing in on itself, don't worry -- he explains.

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Ukrainian Crisis Update

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and author of the book How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, discusses the latest on the crisis in Ukraine, particularly on the different votes and decisions about the future of Crimea, and takes your calls on how and why borders should change.

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Explaining that Massive Ultra-Orthodox Protest

Yesterday in lower Manhattan, 30,000 (organizers say 50,000) Haredi Jews gathered to protest an Israeli government proposal to remove the exemption ultra-Orthodox have from military service. Jane Eisner, editor of the Jewish Daily Forward, discusses the protest and the larger context of the ultra-Orthodox in Israel and the US today.

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"We Will Fund It" Says Cuomo on Pre-K

"Forget the numbers...we will fund the need," said Governor Cuomo, insisting that his plan to fund pre-k statewide would accommodate the demand for seats — making Mayor de Blasio's proposed tax unnecessary.

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Judy Chicago on Arts Education

Judy Chicago, artist, creator of The Dinner Party, now a permanent installation at the Brooklyn Museum, teacher and author of Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education (The Monacelli Press, 2014), shares the story of her own arts education and critiques that of today, finding persistent problems as well as ways to fix them.

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