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Rikers Violence, French Books, and Sneaking Out Of Meetings

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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If you ever wanted an excuse to leave your excruciating meeting, now you have it. We want you to sneak out of your meeting for an "important phone call" — to Brian. Plus: Former Governor David Paterson on the 50th anniversary of the Harlem Riot of 1964; The New York Times uncovers systematic brutality against inmates in Rikers Island; debating whether the U.S. should adopt France's "anti-Amazon" law; and a blueprint for new jobs for New York City.

A 'Culture of Brutality' on Rikers Island

A New York Times investigation found that Department of Corrections guards at Rikers Island had beaten inmates so severely they required outside medical attention. The Times' Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz discuss their reporting.

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De Blasio at Six Months: Where New York's New Jobs Will Come From

All this week on the Brian Lehrer Show we're checking in on the de Blasio administration's progress on a variety of key issues, six months into his first term. We'll talk to advocacy groups about how the mayor has lived up to his campaign promises on the environment, crime, housing, and more. Friday, we'll hear from Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Richard Florida, professor at New York University, director of the Martin Prosperity
Institute at the University of Toronto and senior editor at The Atlantic, say they have a blueprint to create jobs for an "inclusive and creative" New York. They discuss their proposals, their event at NYU this afternoon, and whether tech can really drive middle-class growth. Plus, Stringer assesses the de Blasio administration's jobs record thus far, as part of our week-long series.

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Should The U.S. Adopt An 'Anti-Amazon' Law?

France bans online booksellers from offering free shipping on discounted books. The law is designed to help independent book stores survive. Should the U.S. have a similar law?

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Ditch That Meeting And Call Us

We try an on-air listener experiment. At exactly 11:15 am, we want you to cut out of whatever meeting you're in — say you're going to the bathroom, or whatever — and call the show. The number is 212-433-9692. Excuse yourself by 11:15, then call us up and talk about the meeting you just left, and whatever else is on your mind.

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Remembering the Harlem Riot of 1964

50 years ago, riots in Harlem and Bed-Stuy spread throughout the country. Listeners join former New York Governor David Paterson and historian Peniel Joseph to discuss the riots and their legacy.

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