Politicians, Locals and Transplants

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Ahead of next week’s primary for New York’s 13th Congressional District, hear from all three candidates vying for the job: incumbent Rep. Charles Rangel, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Harlem pastor Michael Walrond. Plus: Unaccompanied child migrants are making their way to the New York area; notes on the final push of this legislative session in Albany; stories of women around the world overcoming poverty; And transplants, get your questions ready for “Ask a Native New Yorker” with Gothamist’s Jake Dobkin…and Brian. 

We (Almost?) Have An Albany Agenda

The legislative sessions goes one more day, as the Senate takes up medical marijuana this morning.  Jimmy Vielkind, Albany bureau chief for Capital New York, talks about last night's votes and what's still to come this morning, including what happened with lowering NYC's speed limit, teacher evaluations ... and the legalization of sparklers.

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Breaking Down Mayor de Blasio's First Budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council agreed Thursday on a $75 billion budget proposal, built on increased tax revenue, that doesn't include city worker layoffs or tax hikes. The deal includes $32 million to aid inmates with mental illness and more than $19 million to security in the public housing system. There are also plans to provide free lunches for all public middle school students. The budget does not include money for the 1,000 new police officers proposed by the council. WNYC reporter Jessica Gould and Metro Editor David Lewis discuss what's in and what's out of the budget. Plus: what the announced $40m settlement in the "Central Park Five" case means.

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Child Migrants in New York

Unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border are also arriving in the New York area. Lenni Benson, professor of law at New York Law School and director of the Safe Passage Project, a non-profit that provides free legal counsel to immigrant children facing deportation, talks about why they're coming here, what kind of legal help they need and the bigger picture of children migrating to the US.

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Meet the Candidates: NY 13

Next Tuesday is the Democratic primary in New York's 13th Congressional district, comprising the neighborhoods of Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, and a small portion of the western Bronx. It's a district that has changed geographically and demographically over the last few years. We talk to three of the candidates vying for the nomination. In order of appearance:

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Teach a Woman to Fish

Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide and the author of Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe, talks about the lives of women in the developing world and the structural impediments to their advancement.

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Ask A Native New Yorker

Should you let strangers sit on your stoop? How old is too old to have roommates? Can Long Islanders be New Yorkers, too? And how long have you really lived here, anyway?

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend: R.A. Dickey, Retiring Abroad, Starbucks Pays for College

Need to catch up? The Brian Lehrer Show picks three of their favorite segments from the week and compiles them into one podcast.

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