CAFFEINE!; the Metro-North report; Crimea’s Decision

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Coffee Coffee: Many of us can't imagine life without it. (Julia Corcoran)

Did you know that the caffeine in soda is usually made in China? Murray Carpenter is author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us and he’ll explain the drug. Plus: what a federal report on the Metro-North crash found about how the rail service was too lax about safety; the latest on the Crimean referendum; and more.

Irish-American Grievances

On St. Patrick's Day, Niall O'Dowd, publisher of the website, founder of Irish America Magazine and Irish Voice newspaper, and former chairman of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, explains why some in the Irish-American community feel that the new mayoral administration is slighting them.

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Safety Not Guaranteed

Kate Hinds, WNYC transportation reporter, and Jim Cameron, founder of the Commuter Action Group, discusses the Federal Railroad Administration's report on Metro North, which was prompted by the fatal train derailment in The Bronx last December. The report found that the agency prioritized punctuality over safety, along with other troublesome issues.

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New Jersey Pensions - Political Investing

Lee Fang, contributing writer for The Nation, reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, and author of The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right (The New Press, 2013), talks about his investigation into the investment practices of New Jersey's public pensions by the Christie administration.

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Crimea Voted, Now What?

The US is rejecting the overwhelming referendum by Crimeans to re-join Russia. Indira Lakshmanan, senior foreign policy correspondent for Bloomberg News, discusses what comes next inside the Ukraine and how the US and the EU will respond.

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State Budget Wrangling

Capital New York reporter Jimmy Vielkind discusses the New York State budget wrangling as the April 1 deadline to pass a budget approaches - including funding for charter schools and universal pre-k.

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All Your Caffeine Questions, Answered

A cup of coffee is almost entirely water, but does it dehydrate us? A lot of us drink it every day, but we still haven't figured out exactly what it's doing to our bodies. Luckily, we've got the author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us to explain.

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