Optimism in NYC; New York State’s Dream Act; Teens and the Internet

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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released a new poll of New York City voters on the new mayoral administration and other political and economic issues, and it found black and Hispanic voters are much more optimistic about the future than white voters. Quinnipiac’s director Maurice Carroll helps sort out why there is such a big disparity. Plus: New York State Assembly member Francisco Moya talks about the state's Dream Act, which is not likely to make it into the state budget; danah boyd instructs us what to worry about – if anything – with teens online; and a music critic defends the current state of music criticism.  

What's Behind de Blasio's Racial Optimism Gap?

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Director Maurice Carroll helps decode the recent Quinnipiac poll, which found that black and Hispanic voters were much more optimistic about the future than white voters in NYC, among other things.

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The (NYS) Dream Act Dream

New York's Dream Act, which would have provided college tuition assistance to undocumented students, passed the NYS Assembly but failed to pass the NYS Senate by just two votes. Assemblyman Francisco Moya talks about whether the Dream Act still has a chance to make it into this year's budget.

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danah boyd: The Networked World of Teens

danah boyd, principal researcher at Microsoft Research and author of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (Yale), talks about what you should worry about when worrying about teens online (and whether you should worry at all).

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New Parks Commissioner, Restaurant Grades, Citi Bike's Financial Difficulties

Capital New York's Sally Goldenberg discusses her reporting on the city's plan to revamp the restaurant grading system, and Andrew Hawkins, a reporter at Crain's New York Business, talks about the new parks commissioner, which the mayor is expected to announce today. Plus, Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, talks about the financial difficulties facing Citi Bike. 

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Is Pop Criticism Broken?

In the wake of charges that modern music critics are too obsessed with "lifestyle" reporting, one writer defends the art - or the good stuff, at least.

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Brian Lehrer Weekend

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

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