Kurt Vonnegut, Shakespeare, and No Commercial Breaks

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Writer Kurt Vonneget attends the V.I.P. Screening of 'The Door In The Floor' at MGM Screening Room on June 15 , 2004 in New York City. (Thos Robinson/Getty Images)

In a fictional 1998 series for WNYC, Kurt Vonnegut traveled to the afterlife to interview recently deceased people. Listen to some highlights from the series. Plus: A New York teacher tenure lawsuit mirrors California’s; how the World Cup makes money with few commercial breaks; a playwright’s tips for navigating this summer’s Shakespeare performances; and balancing New Jersey’s budget.

New York's Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

Following the California decision against teacher tenure, a New York advocacy group has filed a similar lawsuit. Leslie Brody, Wall Street Journal Greater New York education reporter, talks about the issue and the differences between tenure in the two states.

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New Jersey's Pension-Less Budget

Steve Sweeney, New Jersey Senate President, talks about the Governor Christie's decision to balance this year's budget by foregoing pension contributions, which he'd promised to make as late as this January. Christie claims that revenue shortfalls led to the lack of funds for pensions, and rejected a Democratic budget that would have increased taxes on the wealthy and businesses. Plus: why Sweeney wants more casinos in Northern New Jersey, and other news from the Garden State.

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Kurt Vonnegut Talks to the Dead

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary celebration, Marty Goldensohn, former WNYC news director, shares excerpts from the station's 1998 series "Reports on the Afterlife." It's based on Vonnegut's book God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian, a fictionalized account of interviews with recently deceased people.

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Two 45-Minute Halves, No Commercials

ESPN and Univision have seen ratings spike during the World Cup. Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," talks about what the games mean commercially and how the broadcasts make money with few advertisements.

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Wherefore Teach Thy Children Shakespeare?

A guide to Shakespeare productions around the city this summer — and tips for parents on introducing kids to the Bard.

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Celebrating WNYC's 90th Anniversary

For 90 years, WNYC has reflected -- and reflected on -- our ever-changing city. Here are some of the sounds and voices that have defined New York and New York Public Radio since July 8, 1924. 

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