Getting Over It

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Political activist and author Ralph Nader talks about how the left and right can get over their differences and work together. Plus: what’s a “Beige Book” and what does it tell us about the economic recovery; the latest from the Columbia startup lab; screens, parents, and babies; and how to manage feral cat colonies.

Manoush Zomorodi is in for Brian today. Manoush is host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City

Horse(less?) Carriages

Josh Robin, NY1 political reporter, reports on the battle to preserve horse-drawn carriages in the city (with actor Liam Neeson taking a leading role) against Mayor de Blasio's promise to end the business now under attack for mistreating the animals.

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Beige Book Explained

The Federal Reserve issues regional anecdotal reports on the economy every six weeks, known as the "beige book" because of the color of its cover. WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz explains what's in the new one, out yesterday, about the area's economic outlook, and how the report affects jobs and investments.

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Startup Standouts from Columbia Startup Lab

Columbia University has chosen 31 startups founded by recent alumni to take part in its new startup lab. Head of Columbia Entrepreneurship Richard Witten discusses Columbia Startup Lab's vision for the budding companies. Plus Bob Coyne, co-founder of one of the selected companies, talks about his startup called WordsEye.

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The Screen As Babysitter

Dr. Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician and researcher at Boston Medical Center, has been studying how parents use screens with kids, and what all that screen time might mean for young children. Her latest study, published in the journal Pediatrics this week, finds that fussy kids are spending more time in front of screens.

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Unstoppable Ralph Nader

Political rhetoric in recent years paints a picture of an American population that is more polarized than ever. But political activist Ralph Nader argues in his new book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State (Nation Books, 2014) that there is ample opportunity for the political left and right to join forces against the "corporate-government tyranny," and offers his suggestions for reform. 

-->Event: Ralph Nader will be discussing Unstoppable at Barnes and Noble on April 22nd at 7 p.m.

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New York City's Feral Cats, and You

There are too many of them, and they continue to populate. If you know or love one, here's what you can do to keep it out of a kill shelter.

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