Albany Budget; ACA Deadline; Music and Muslim Youth Culture; Packed Subways

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New York State lawmakers are negotiating the new budget, which needs to be completed by April 1. Assembly member Karim Camara of Brooklyn discusses his caucus’ efforts to secure education funds instead of corporate tax cuts. Plus: the upcoming deadline for the Affordable Care Act; music and young Muslim culture; and subway ridership is at its highest levels since 1949.   

Jury Convicts Osama bin Laden's Son-In-Law

A Manhattan jury has convicted Sulaiman Abu Ghaith of aiding al Qaeda in the wake of 9/11. Speaking on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning (before a verdict), Karen Greenberg of Fordham discussed how this trial has set a precedent for trying accused terrorists in civilian courts.

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Albany Crunch Week: Karim Camara

NYS Assembly Member Karim Camara (D-43) represents parts of Crown Heights, Lefferts Gardens, and East Flatbush. He is chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus and is also an ordained minister. Assemblyman Camara talks about budget negotiations in Albany and his caucus's efforts to direct money to education funding versus corporate tax cuts.

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The ACA Deadline Is Coming

The deadline to start signing up for health insurance if you aren't covered is March 31st (Monday), and the White House has just announced some more important dates. Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, health policy analyst for PBS NewsHour and former editor-in-chief of the journal Health Affairs, explains what happens if you don't sign up, your options, and the state of the policy.

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Reaching Young Muslims with Music

Hisham Aidi, lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University and the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture talks about the use of music -- jazz, hip hop, reggae Gnawa -- to reach young Muslims from post- WWII to today.

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The Subway is Packed. Now What?

Subway ridership hasn't been this high since 1949. Turns out, a lot has happened in the past 65 years that has implications for service, repairs, and those crowded cars.

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