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Friday, May 23, 2014

A recap and analysis of the goings on at the New York State Democratic convention on Long Island this week; Meet the new commissioner of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, Julie Menin; East Village Radio plans to shutter its storefront and its airwaves; a look at the new hot ticket in town...toddler story hour at the local public library, of course; for Memorial Day, remembering members of the military who lost their lives as the Iraq and Afghanistan war era comes to a close; And what do you think about the existence of a gift shop at the 9/11 Museum? 

Meet the New DCA Commissioner

As she's been on the job just about a month, Julie Menin, commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, discusses the initiatives of the Department of Consumer Affairs, including advice for small business owners and employees regarding the new paid sick leave law, a new process to help small businesses avoid fines and a program to help low-income New Yorkers get access to banks and other financial services.

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Should the 9/11 Museum Have a Gift Shop?

New Yorkers weigh in on whether the gift shop is crass, whether you plan to visit, and what else is on your mind now that the memorial and museum is open to the public.

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The Happenings at #NYDemCon

The Democratic state convention was held this week in Huntington, Long Island. Jimmy Vielkind, Albany bureau chief for Capital New York, talks about the politics of the event, from the Independence Party to the nomination of former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul as lieutenant governor, and a possible challenge to Governor Cuomo from the Working Families Party.

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Remembering Those We Lost

Joanne Steen, adviser on line of duty loss and author of Military Widow: A Survival Guide (Naval Institute Press, 2006), takes calls on your Memorial Day tributes as the era of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan comes to a close.

Listeners, give us a call at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below to honor the men and women you know who were killed as a result of these wars: whether they were serving in the armed forces, working as a contractor in the region, or took his or her own life as a veteran of these two wars. And, if you knew an Iraqi or Afghan civilian who died during one of the wars, give us a call or leave your tribute in the comments.

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Hot Ticket: Library Story Hour

Heidi Mitchell, Wall Street Journal contributor, talks about the increasing popularity of toddler story time at public libraries in the city. While libraries are expanding programming to meet the demand, some branches have had to resort to ticketing systems for crowd control for the free programs.

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East Village Radio Pulls the Plug

After 11 years, East Village Radio is going off the air. Frank Prisinzano, founder of East Village radio, as well as East Village restaurant owner (Lil' Frankies, Sauce, and others) and Peter Ferraro, general manager of EVR, discuss the history of the online station, what it says about the future of internet music -- and the future of the East Village.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them, including conversations about comedy and politics; NYU in Abu Dhabi; and Kara Walker's new exhibit at the Domino Sugar Factory.

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