System Failures: At Home and Abroad

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

NYU is taking heat because its Abu Dhabi campus was constructed by underpaid and poorly-treated workers. The New York TimesAriel Kaminer discusses her investigative reporting on the university’s labor practices abroad. Plus: former Senator Jim Webb’s 2016 chances; Mayor de Blasio is pausing an expensive overhaul to the city’s 911 system; a glimpse into the life of foster children; and as this year’s World Cup is about to begin in Brazil, sports reporter George Vecsey looks back at the last eight tournaments.  

Why 911 Needs an Overhaul

This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a halt to and review of the 911 call system overhaul, which is already more than a billion dollars over budget. WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Robert Gearty report on some of the problems with the new system that was intended to improve response times. 

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Were Labor Abuses at NYU Abu Dhabi Inevitable?

NYU has apologized for labor abuses reported during the construction of its new campus. Some say it's why NYU shouldn't be building in Abu Dhabi in the first place.

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Is Jim Webb 2016 for Real?

Slate political reporter Dave Weigel is not buying the current talk of Jim Webb as a realistic 2016 presidential candidate. We discuss the prospects of Webb taking on front-runner Hillary Clinton, play clips from our interview with Webb and talk more national politics news.

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Battle of the Zzzzs: The Home Stretch

As part of WNYC's Clock Your Sleep project, WNYC hosts have been leading teams competing to get more sleep by trying different strategies. Hear how it's going and who's winning in the last days of the competition.


Life in State Care

Ira Lustbader, associate director of Children's Rights, talks about Children's Rights' new campaign called "Fostering the Future," which will highlight the personal experiences of kids who have spent time in the foster care system. Michael Place, a former foster youth and founder of Mind the Gap, a liaison between mental health practitioners and foster children, gives his suggestions for how to improve the system.

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The World Cup Around the World

New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey reports on the world's most popular sports in his new book Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer. Vecsey explains the emotional connections between fans and teams and the various business and government interests at play in each of the last eight tournaments. 

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