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NYS Budget Pushback; NSA Updates; Twitter Co-Founder; Scott Stringer

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Some on the left side of the political spectrum are unhappy with aspects of New York State’s new budget. Karen Scharff of the Working Families Party and James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute share their critiques. Plus: an update to our running list of what the NSA can do to monitor communication and data; Twitter co-founder Biz Stone talks about how his creativity led him to create such popular Internet mainstays as Blogger and Twitter; And New York City comptroller Scott Stringer talks about the uneven distribution of arts education resources in schools around the city.

Pushing Back on Cuomo's "Wall Street" Budget

Though both Cuomo and de Blasio are counting the most recent state budget as a victory, many on the left are unhappy with some of the provisions that were included--and left out. Karen Scharff, executive director of Citizen Action of New York and co-chair of the Working Families Party, and James Parrott, chief economist and deputy director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, discuss the budget.

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An Update to Our List of What We Know the NSA Can Do (So Far)

In January, we started keeping a running list of technology the NSA has at its disposal -- disclosed by the documents stolen by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and leaked to the media. Shane Harris, senior staff writer at Foreign Policy, returns to discuss the updates to the list since he was last on.

→ See The Full List and Add Your Comments Here

Twitter Co-Founder: 'I use full sentences. I don't abbreviate. I don't use emoticons.'

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, talks about how he helped develop such popular Internet mainstays as blogging, podcasting and the 140-character behemoth.

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Missing: Arts in Schools

Scott M. Stringer, New York City comptroller, talks about his school-by-school assessment of state-mandated arts education and the uneven distribution of resources around the city.

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Advice Roulette: Working Women

Today is a special installment of our occasional feature - radio advice roulette! In honor of Equal Pay Day, women listeners can ask fellow listeners for job-related advice live on the radio. By some estimates, women still earn on average about 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, and so today symbolizes how long into the new year a woman has to work to earn what a man in the same job earned just in 2013. So this special edition of advice roulette is for women to give and get advice about careers, the workplace, and their home/work balance.

Here's how it works: If you need advice on anything work-related, whether it's how to ask for a raise, a promotion, more time off, anything - 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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