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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James addresses a crowd of environmental advocates pushing to eradicate plastic bag use in the city. NYC Public Advocate Letitia James addresses a crowd of environmental advocates pushing to eradicate plastic bag use in the city. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

Letitia James talks about her first 100 days as public advocate. Plus: an investigation into potential abuses of justice in 50 cases in Brooklyn; why the “do as I say, not what I do” approach isn’t the best way to teach kids good morals; and “do we need to be touching right now?!” and other NYC etiquette questions answered.

Jami Floyd is in for Brian Lehrer today. Floyd is a legal contributor to Al Jazeera and an attorney. 

Did You File Your Taxes?

It's Tax Day. Have you filed yet? How honest were you? Caitlin Kenney, reporter and producer at NPR's Planet Money, talks about how tax collectors in the Philippines, Italy and the UK encourage people to file, and how it's done in the US.

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Checking in with the Public Advocate

Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate, discusses her first 100 days in office. She sees the deal to save LICH as her biggest accomplishment thus far.

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Making It Right for Wrongful Convictions

The Brooklyn DA is reviewing 50 cases that may have involved coached witnesses, coerced confessions, and other abuses of justice. Lonnie Soury, president of the advocacy organization FalseConfessions.org, talks about the investigation and the allegations against a Brooklyn detective, and Derrick Hamilton, who served 21 years in prison for murder, discusses his efforts to prove that he was set up by the detective whose cases are now under investigation.

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Raising Caring Children

What does it takes to raise a child who is kind and generous, and knows right from wrong? Hint: it's less what you say, and more what you do that teaches kids positive morals.

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NYC How-To in Pictures

Nathan Pyle, illustrator and author of the graphic book NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, moved to NYC from Ohio and shares what he learned about maneuvering through the subways and sidewalks without aggravating your neighbors.

→ EVENT: book signing at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint on Thursday, April 17, from 7-8 p.m.

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