Changes in the Neighborhood

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Monday, July 07, 2014

stonewall4.jpg Stonewall Inn, 1969, Diana Davies, NYPL

The news is all bad regarding heroin in our area, but do the numbers justify calling it an epidemic? Michael Tracey, who wrote about this for Al Jazeera, discusses whether the response has been appropriate. Plus: A Green Beret who served in Afghanistan talks about the roles of special forces soldiers; and historian John Strausbaugh takes us for a spin through archival WNYC shows that document the changes that were happening in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s.

Monday Morning Politics: "So Sue Me"

Slate's chief political correspondent John Dickerson talks about the latest out of Washington after the long holiday weekend, including President Obama's taunt to House Speaker John Boehner on the Speaker's lawsuit over executive action. Plus: the argument over illegal immigration and what to do over unaccompanied minors and families crossing the US-Mexico border. 

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Heroin Is an Epidemic...Or Is It?

Governor Cuomo is the latest to claim shooting up has never been easier: users are younger and the drug is more available than ever. But do the numbers back him up? And what does that mean for next steps?

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WNYC Covers Sex and Rebellion in the Village in 1959

Fifty-five years ago, WNYC addressed the "tension" in Greenwich Village over interracial couples and beatniks. We hear your memories of the era.

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Advising Iraq

Last month President Obama authorized the deployment of 500 special forces soldiers to train and advise Iraqi security forces in response to ISIS's sweeping advances. Major Jim Gant a former special forces commander, and his wife and war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson, join us to talk about what the advisers will be doing, Gant's unconventional tactics as an adviser, and how they got kicked out of Afghanistan. Ann Scott Tyson is the author of  American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant (William Morrow, 2014).

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