New Bridgegate Emails; Pedestrian Traffic Deaths; Scientific Parenting

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gov. Christie walks with Bill Stepien, his former campaign manager. (Tim Larsen/Governor's Office)

New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz explains the implications of the new Bridgegate emails released earlier this week. Plus: a look at pedestrian traffic deaths in New York City this year; NYU's Dalton Conley on how he applies the science of parenting to his own kids; information on the measles outbreak from DOH's Dr. Jay Varma, the latest from Ukraine; and another round of "Advice Roulette."

What the New Bridgegate Emails Teach Us

The circle of people around Chris Christie who knew about the "traffic problems in Fort Lee" is growing -- though there is still no evidence directly linking the Governor to the plan. Matt Katz, reporter for New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC, explains what the newly-released Bridgegate emails suggest about the Christie administration's involvement. See all WNYC's Bridgegate coverage on The Christie Tracker.


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Tracking NYC's Traffic Deaths

It's the year of "Vision Zero" but in 2014 there have already been 46 traffic deaths, from bikers to pedestrians to drivers and passengers. WNYC reporters Jim O'Grady and Kat Aaron talk about the new Transportation Nation database, tracking these deaths, and Jim's reporting on one victim -- four-year-old Allison Liao, struck by a car in Flushing, Queens.

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Scientific Parenting

Dalton Conley, University Professor of the social sciences at NYU, chair of the Children and Youth Section of the American Sociological Association and author of Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask, turned to the latest scientific papers for advice on parenting.

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Pressure Mounts on Crimea

As he annexed Crimea and troops move in, Vladimir Putin gave a speech that Max Seddon, BuzzFeed Russia correspondent covering the crisis in Ukraine, calls "the most significant of his 14-year rule." We discuss the latest developments, including the seizure of a Ukrainian naval base by Russian troops in Sevastapol, Crimea, this morning.

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What You Need to Know About the Measles Outbreak

Most at risk are people who have not received the MMR immunization vaccine, especially young children.

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Advice Roulette

Another installment of our occasional feature - radio advice roulette! Listeners, ask your fellow listeners for advice live on the radio. Here's how it works: If you need advice on anything, anything at all, call 212-433-9692 and we'll pair you with a fellow WNYC listener. The catch? Before you get to ask for advice from someone, you have to give advice to another caller.

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