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Monday, April 14, 2014

The writer James Baldwin would have turned 90 years old this year. The novelist Jamaica Kincaid and others talk about a year-long celebration of his life and ideas. Plus: Rep. Steve Israel talks midterm elections; development shadows Central Park; and the city’s new Human Resources Administration commish on his new gig. 

Rep. Steve Israel on Midterms

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY3), head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, talks about the upcoming midterm elections and their effect on current legislative priorities.

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From Critic to the Man in Charge

Steven Banks, commissioner of the Human Resources Administration and former head of the Legal Aid Society, talks about his new role inside city government and the man in charge of the department that serves New Yorkers in need of housing, food and other forms of assistance and supervision.

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Jamaica Kincaid on James Baldwin: "Love is Something You Do"

"Every African-American household ought to have a complete collection of James Baldwin's work," says the author Jamaica Kincaid. In what would be his 90th year, Baldwin is being recognized for his lasting impact as a writer and activist. Kincaid talks about the year-long celebration.

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Shadows Over Central Park

A new tall building is casting a giant shadow on certain parts of Central Park. Janet Babin, WNYC economic development reporter, talks about several more planned tall buildings, and what some activists and residents are doing to try to keep the shadows out of the park.

 

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Pulaski No-way

Steve Fulop, mayor of Jersey City, reports on the first rush hour since the northbound lanes on the Pulaski Skyway were closed for a two-year renovation project and offers alternate travel plans for commuters.

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