Industries and Allegiances In Flux

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Monday, June 02, 2014

A home health aide receives training (Amanda Aronczyk/WNYC)

The publishing company Hachette is publicly duking it out with Amazon over the e-commerce giant’s contract to sell its books. New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera weighs in. Plus: the Working Families Party’s Cuomo misgivings and a look at big changes in the home health aide industry as part of WNYC's series "Prescription for the Bronx."  

After Raucous Night, Cuomo Secures Working Families Party Nod

You'll find Governor Cuomo on the WFP ballot line this fall, but it comes at a cost. Thomas Kaplan, New York Times reporter, discusses what happened over the weekend as the Working Families Party gathered to vote on its candidate for New York State governor. Plus Fodham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout, who led the charge against Cuomo and rallied 41.3% of the vote, discusses why she ran, why there is such dissatisfaction with Cuomo among progressives and what comes next.

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What Amazon's Publishing Feuds Mean for You

Joe Nocera of the New York Times explains what the online retailer's control over the book market means for the future of books and ideas.

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How the Taliban Prisoner Swap Came Together

A deal with the Taliban for the release of a US prisoner is drawing both praise and criticism. Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal discusses the how the deal was brokered for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to come back to the United States in exchange for the release of five Afghan Guantanamo detainees.

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Rx for the BX: Home Health Aide Industry in Flux

The Bronx is home to a huge number of home health care aides. As WNYC focuses on health care in the Bronx this week, Carol Rodat, New York policy director for PHI PolicyWorks, Ancil Alexander, a peer mentor to home health aides and Carmen Zeno, home health aide with CHCA, explain why the industry is in flux and how it's changing, and how the Affordable Care Act has affected both home health care and the aides who provide it.

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Teachers and Other Callers

It's an informal, unofficial, thoroughly unscientific teachers' contract poll: Ballots were due Friday, the results are announced tomorrow on the new UFT contract. Teachers, did you vote "yes" or "no"?  Plus, a return of "Soapbox" -- callers weigh in on the issues that matter to them today.


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Those Little Orange Discs on Top of Street Lights?

They're photo cells. Mystery solved.

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