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Melissa Mark-Viverito, SCOTUS Decisions and...Spottings

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Last week was a big one for the City Council – Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito talks about the creation of a municipal ID program and the budget. Plus: LIRR contract negotiations and the threat of a strike; important opinions from the Supreme Court; a new documentary on the life and journey of jazz journalist Nat Hentoff; and the return of a weasel-like animal called the "fisher" to the streets of The Bronx.

Melissa Mark-Viverito on Budget and Muni IDs

Last week was a big one for the City Council of New York -- they passed a $75 billion budget and created the largest municipal ID program in the country. Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council Speaker, discusses the City Council's decisions.

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LIRR Contract Negotiations

Pete Donohue, transportation reporter for The New York Daily News, provides the latest updates on the talks between the MTA and the LIRR unions, with the threat of a strike as early as July 20.

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Wins For Hobby Lobby and Non-Unionized Workers

In twin 5-4 rulings, the Supreme Court ruled that companies may refrain from providing contraception if they object on religious grounds; and that public sector unions may not collect dues from some non-unionized employees. 

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The Pleasures of Print and Jazz

David Lewis, the producer and director of "The Pleasures of Being Out of Step", discusses his new documentary following the life and journey of Nat Hentoff, a jazz journalist who documented and lived some of the most significant political and cultural changes of the last generation.  Long-time guest Hentoff, now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins in to talk about how he went from jazz to free speech to the contradictions of being an "atheist pro-lifer."

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Fisher and Friends: Wildlife in New York City

A "fisher" has been spotted in the Bronx. It's an animal related to the weasel, and thought to no longer live in this area after over-hunting in the 1600s. Leslie Day, New York City naturalist, environment and life science educator at The Elisabeth Morrow School, adjunct faculty member at Bank Street College of Education and the author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) talks about wildlife in NYC, including what it means that the fisher is back.

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