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Thursday, June 12, 2014

An Iraqi man looks at a destroyed mini bus at the site of car bomb attack in the northern city of Kirkuk on June 4, 2014. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty)

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance talks about the issues raised in raids on two Harlem housing projects last week. Plus: Islamic militants are taking over parts of Iraq; a post-9/11 spiritual quest; the latest on the city’s budget and the ongoing negotiations with unions, City Council and Albany; and thoughts on whether adult readers of YA novels should be embarrassed they’re reading - and enjoying - books aimed at teenagers. 

Manhattan DA on the Harlem Raids

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance talks about the issues raised by the two raids in Harlem public housing last week and how his office will address the cases. 

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Buying the City Budget

The city got good news from the bond rating agencies on the mayor's first budget. Maria Doulis, director of city studies for the Citizens Budget Commission, and WNYC reporter Jessica Gould talk about the budget and the ongoing negotiations with the remaining public worker unions, the City Council and Albany lawmakers. 

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Should Adult YA Readers Be Ashamed?

It's a huge week for YA books — the movie based on John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is dominating at the box office. But if you're an adult who loves reading novels aimed at teens, check out our list of titles you can proudly crack.

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Iraq Falls Apart

As Islamic militants take over parts of northern Iraq, the Iraqi government is asking the US for air strikes to help stem the chaos and keep the country from falling into civil war.

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Seeking Spiritual NYC

Lee Kravitz, former editor-in-chief of Parade magazine and author of Pilgrim: Risking the Life I Have to Find the Faith I Seek, talks about his post-9/11 spiritual quest -- all within 100 miles of New York City. 

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Wynton Marsalis Live Annotates a Duke Ellington Song

What better guide to the music of Duke Ellington than Wynton Marsalis? And here he is doing it live, improvised on WNYC. It's like a master class in trumpet, all in two minutes.

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