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Bridgegate Latest; Housing Court Help; Vick to the Jets

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Friday, March 28, 2014

A review of the Bridgegate situation by lawyers hired by Governor Christie’s office determined he did not order the lane closures last year. We discuss any new revelations in the report and why it isn’t complete. Plus: a proposal to help low-income tenants in housing court; a book about the art and science of spontaneity; and a call-in for Jets fans (conflicted or not) about the team’s new QB, Michael Vick.

The Christie Report

NJPR reporter Matt Katz and WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein talk about what Governor Christie's lawyer, Randy Mastro, found in his review of the governor's involvement (or lack thereof) in the George Washington Bridge closures.

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What to Expect from the NYS Budget Deal

Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, reports from the capitol on March Madness, Albany-style, as the big budget deal negotiations wind down before the April 1 deadline, including the fate of the Dream Act, public election financing, charter co-locations, and corporate tax cuts.

 

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The Tale of Two Housing Courts

In New York City's housing court, 90% of tenants facing an eviction do not have legal representation, while 98% of landlords do. Mark D. Levine, Council Member from NYC's 7th District, discusses his proposal to increase funding for low-income tenants who end up in housing courts.

 

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May Wu-Wei Be With You

Edward Slingerland, professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia, and the author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity(Crown, 2014) asks if careful reasoning is the best approach to ensure well being. Instead, he offers the early Chinese philosophers' method of approaching problems indirectly using "wu-wei" which he likens to "The Force" in "Star Wars".

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Vick to the Jets; College Athletes as Employees?

Jane McManus, reporter for ESPN New York, takes calls from Jets fans on a controversial new member of Gang Green: Michael Vick. The quarterback, who served prison time on charges related to running a dog-fighting ring, has displayed good behavior of late. Plus, we talk about the implications of the ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that football players at Northwestern University are employees of the school and can form a union and bargain collectively.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend

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

Obamacare Deadline Looms (First) | Rebel Music (Starts at 28:30) | Jimmy Carter (Starts at 48:00)

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