Bill de Blasio; Herbalife; Midterm Election Politics; Preventing Sex Trafficking

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mayor de Blasio gave a major speech yesterday in which he tried to contextualize his stance on charter schools. He follows up with an interview live on WNYC. Then: New York Times reporter Alexandra Stevenson explains the questionable role of a hedge fund billionaire in trying to bring down nutritional supplement company Herbalife, which is now under official investigation. Plus: a look a midterm elections politics; and a consultant for AMBER alert and survivor of child trafficking talks about cultural factors that enable the commercial exploitation of children in the United States.

Politics Roundup: GOP Field, Ryan on "Culture"

Paul Ryan recently made remarks about "culture in our inner cities" that sparked a firestorm over race, responsibility, and the GOP's framing of economic issues as they begin to think about both this Fall's midterms and 2016's presidential election. Maggie Haberman, senior political reporter for Politico, discusses the Ryan remarks, her reporting on Hillary Clinton, and the week's national political headlines.

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De Blasio's Inner Circle

Azi Paybarah, political reporter for Capital New York, discusses the headlines in local news - including the annual Inner Circle show from this past weekend, which has been satirizing City Hall since 1923.

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De Blasio on Education: "We Need a Fundamental Reset"

On the Brian Lehrer Show, Mayor de Blasio admitted that he "didn't explain the criteria" for his charter school co-location decisions clearly enough. And while he has placed a moratorium on co-locations, the mayor insisted that he believes charter schools still have a place in New York City. But "charters are supposed to be uplifting [to] the entire system," said the mayor.

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Taking on Herbalife

Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman is on a quest to bring down the nutritional supplement company Herbalife, which he calls a pyramid scheme. We take a look into his questionable methods and how Latino advocacy groups got involved.

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Preventing Sex Trafficking in America

Drawing on her own experience surviving having been sex-trafficked at age 14, Holly Austin Smith, advocate for human trafficking victims, talks about the cultural forces that make young men and women susceptible to exploitation in her book, Walking Prey: How America's Youth Are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

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The Instrument That Changed Your Life

WQXR is collecting your gently used musical instruments and distributing them to schoolchildren in music classrooms in the area. Graham Parker, general manager of WQXR, explains how the instrument drive works as we take your calls about a musical instrument that changed your life.

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