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Friday, April 11, 2014

Dog looking guilty (Keith McDuffee/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Some dogs and cats are treated like humans. What kind of legal rights do they deserve? Plus: Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan; the lime shortage that goes beyond your cocktail; the online security bug known as “Heartbleed” and what to do about it; and Mayor de Blasio’s first 100 days in office.

Change Your Passwords! (Heartbleed Explained)

What the security flaw means for your sensitive information - like credit card numbers - and what you need to do next.

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De Blasio's 100 Days

Mayor de Blasio celebrated his first 100 days in office with a big speech at Cooper Union. Brigid Bergin, city hall and politics reporter at WNYC, and Greg David, director of the Business and Economic Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School and contributor to Crain's New York Business, talk about his administration's accomplishments and challenges so far.

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From Pets to Persons?

David H. Grimm, deputy news editor at Science and the author of Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs (PublicAffairs, 2014), talks about how our attitudes toward cats and dogs have changed over time and what their status as surrogate family members could mean for us and for other animals.

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Mayor of (Old) Amsterdam

This segment originally aired live on April 11, 2014. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on May 26th. The unedited audio can be found here. 

Eberhard van der Laan, mayor of Amsterdam, discusses his city's similarities to NYC -- a tolerant and diverse city containing people of 180 nationalities, as well as an international business and cultural hotspot.

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Brother, Can You Spare a Lime?

David Karp, produce columnist for the Los Angeles Times and citrus researcher with the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC-Riverside, explains the lime shortage going on right now - what is causing it, what it means for consumers and the restaurant industry, and how it is affecting farmers in Mexico, where 95% of limes bought in the US are grown.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend

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

LG and the Palisades Skyline (First) | Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone (Starts at 23:20) | Ryan Lizza on What Makes Christie Tick (Starts at 54:00)

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