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Monday, May 12, 2014

The main branch of the New York Public Library. The main branch of the New York Public Library. (Geir Arne Hjelle/flickr)

NYPL President Anthony Marx explains why the renovation plans for the 42nd Street branch have been shelved. Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics talks about retraining your brain to think critically. For example: admitting when you don’t know. And we’ll hear from experts in the creative field on whether it’s a good idea to go to grad school; get the latest on the mayor’s budget; and hear about the persistent link between geography and poverty.

The NYPL Charts a New Course

Last week, the New York Public Library announced that it was abandoning a controversial plan to renovate its flagship midtown building. Anthony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, discusses the decision, and what comes next for New York's libraries.

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The Mayor's Budget Blueprints

Mayor de Blasio has announced a $73.9 billion budget plan for New York City. Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, discusses the contents of the proposal - and what's missing.

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Is Your Neighborhood Keeping You Poor?

We encourage people from poor neighborhoods to "escape" poverty, but at the same time want them stick around and "give back."

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Should I Go to Grad School?

Jessica Loudis, a writer and editor based in New York, is co-editor of Should I Go to Grad School?: 41 Answers to An Impossible Question (Bloomsbury USA, 2014). Joining her are David Levine, an artist based in New York and Berlin, and Michelle Orange, a writer and editor, who are contributors to the book. They discuss whether grad school makes sense for the humanities, given the time and money involved.

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How To Think Like A Freak: Say "I Don't Know"

Stephen Dubner, host of the Freaknomics podcast and co-author (with Steven Levitt) of Think Like A Freak (HarperCollins, 2014), joins The Brian Lehrer Show for a three-part series about retraining your brain to "think like a freak." Today, he'll explain why it's important to admit when you don't know the answer to a question, and the danger of predicting the future.

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