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Friday, April 25, 2014

Literary Football (Sean Rameswaram)

By noon today, members of Northwestern’s football team will have voted on forming a union. You can cast your own ballots on the issue during our call-in segment. Plus: after the end of the world, how would we rebuild and what would you contribute?; the behind-the-scenes look at prepping for universal pre-k; a progressive push for more cops; and an illustrator’s tour of New York City.

College Football on the Brink

Northwestern football players vote today on whether they want to unionize, while the NCAA met yesterday to make some key decisions about the future structure of big-money sports. We discuss a key moment for the future of college athletics with Jeremy Fowler, College Football Insider for

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Common Core, Testing, UPK

As applications are sorted, what are the logistical challenges for staffing, finding space, and evaluating the impact of universal Pre-K? Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and, reports on the behind-the-scenes work at the Department of Education, plus what teachers told her about testing and common core.

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When the Apocalypse Comes, What Will You Have to Offer?

Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell explores all the knowledge we've accumulated over the millennia in the form of a guide to restarting civilization post-catastrophe.

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Progressives: More Cops, Please

Vanessa Gibson, Bronx City Council Member (District 16) and chair of the Public Safety Committee, supports Speaker Mark-Viverito's proposal to add 1,000 police officers to the budget, a move resisted by Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton.


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An Illustrated Love Letter to New York

Take a tour of illustrator Julia Rothman's New York City - from City Island to Ellis Island and all the boroughs in between.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend

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

The Case Against Home Ownership (First) | Climate Change, Abroad (Starts at 28:40) | A Social History of God (Starts at 41:57)

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Do You Deserve to Be on Our Post-Apocalypse Team? Convince Us.

Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell wrote a very serious book about the end of the world and the various environmental, medical, and societal issues that would arise if we had to rebuild civilization on Earth. When the Brian Lehrer Show spoke with him, they asked callers a slightly sillier question.

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