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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Families of traffic fatalities attending Mayor BilldeBlasio's announcement about preventing future deaths. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Aneesh Chopra, the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer, talks about innovation in federal government and what we can learn from healthcare.gov. Plus: Mary Beth Kelly of Familes for Safe Streets on how to reduce traffic fatalities. We’ll hear from WNYC’s team leaders on the Clock Your Sleep project. Plus: Armando Iannucci, creator of “Veep” and “The Thick Of It”, on satire of government.

"You Can't Trust Anyone"

A former Christie staffer, Christina Renna, testified before an investigative committee yesterday - the first time a Christie official has given Bridgegate testimony. Matt Katz, reporter for NJPR explains what we learned from the testimony, including how Bridget Kelly told Renna "you can't trust anyone" after she was fired. Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, talks about her reporting on what the Bridgegate scandal means for the Port Authority and reform of the bi-state agency.

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A Vision for Safer Streets

After a spate of traffic fatalities, the group Families for Safe Streets is lobbying Albany to institute a 20 mph default speed limit in the city. Mary Beth Kelly, a founding member of Families for Safe Streets, explains how this will reduce fatalities and make the city's streets safer for pedestrians.

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Clock Your Sleep: Findings and Teams

As a group, the over 4,600 Clock Your Sleep participants got more sleep in the fourth week than in the first week fo the project. WNYC's data news team senior editor John Keefe discusses the findings from the first month of the project. Plus, sleep team captains leading a two-week challenge to get an extra hour of sleep join the conversation to pitch why you should join their sleep team. 

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Fixing the Government's Tech Problems

Aneesh Chopra, the first United States Chief Technology Officer, and the author of Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government, talks about his role in bringing technological innovation to the federal government, despite the healthcare.gov "teachable moment."

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Armando Iannucci Takes Down DC

 Armando Iannucci, political satirist and creator of "Veep", "The Thick of It", and "In the Loop", discusses the new season of Veep, how he lampoons DC culture, and why he loves profanity so much.

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