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Monday, July 28, 2014

Anthony Gordon looks at a Ford vehicle on the showroom floor at a Ford AutoNation car dealership on September 4, 2013 in North Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty)

There's a new subprime boom, based on auto loans given to people with poor credit, by the millions. One of the authors of a New York Times report on this issue explains. Plus:  The latest on the Governor Cuomo and the Moreland Commission; and how New York City is integrating computer classes into public schools.

Moreland Commission and More

Karen DeWitt, capital bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, talks about the continuing fallout from the governor's interactions with the Moreland Commission and how it might play out with state elections this fall.

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How to Fix Broken Windows

A string of police abuse stemming from low-level crime arrests has opened up questions about whether Commissioner Bratton's "broken windows" is back, and whether it's working. With The New York Times editorializing against both Broken Windows and marijuana criminalization, we assess the policy with Josmar Trujillo, an organizer with New Yorkers Against Bratton, who has written that many New Yorkers were "fooled by the campaign rhetoric of...Mayor Bill de Blasio."

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What is New York City Doing to Improve EdTech?

The future economy could be based on jobs that require advanced computer skills. So are we teaching them from a young age? Phil Weinberg, deputy chancellor for teaching and learning at New York City Department of Education, and Michael Preston, Senior Director of Digital Learning in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness at the Department of Education, discusses what New York City is doing to improve EdTech.

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The New Boom in Subprime Auto Loans

There's been a 130% increase in the number of loans to people with poor credit scores to buy used cars since the financial crisis. Michael Corkery discusses his investigation for the New York Times, the risks for banks and investors, and how these loans have amounted to disaster for many low-income borrowers.

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House Rules for Returning College Students

With college students home for the summer, have "house rules" changed in recognition of the new status? Have the rules set up in May held through July? Parents and college students, call in on the new rules at 212-433-WNYC (212-433-9692).

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The Modern Shower, 'Designed to Kill'

The modern bathroom design is inefficient and unsafe. Here's why we should all be showering like the Japanese.

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