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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Bill do Blasio unveils his affordable housing plan in Fort Greene. Janet Babin/WNYC

“Brooklyn Made” is good for business. Carlo Scissura, the president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, explains how businesses can get the official certification. Plus: arguments over the frequently-delayed Senate report on U.S. torture practices; the motivation behind super-intense work outs like P90X and CrossFit that even sometimes make people physically ill; a potential problem with the affordable housing formula; and a look at the decisions that’ll have to be made in immigration courts on which unaccompanied minors qualify for asylum. 

Who Gets to See the CIA Torture Report

The release of the Senate's massive assessment of the U.S. torture practices has once again been delayed amid argument about who gets to see it, who gets to redact it, and whether the public will ever get to know. Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law University, discusses what comes next.

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Is this Developer Dilemma Real?

Is Brooklyn so gentrified that there aren't even people to fill affordable housing?

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Why Work Out Till You Puke?

Between Crossfit, P90X and the Tough Mudder races, extreme work outs (that sometimes cause participants to vomit or otherwise injure themselves) are growing in popularity. Julie Beck, senior associate health editor at The Atlantic, and Gretchen Reynolds, author of the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times Well blog, explore the motivations behind this form of exercise and wonder if it's even healthy.

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Asylum on the Immigration Court Docket

As cases for unaccompanied minors make their way through immigration courts, the question of who qualifies for asylum is a big one. Judge Dana Leigh Marks has been an immigration judge in San Francisco for 27 years and is the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. She talks about the decisions that immigration judges have to make and what the law says about who qualifies.

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How Brooklyn Is Your Product?

A new certification program looks to promote -- and correctly label -- products that are "Brooklyn Made." Carlo Scissura, President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, discusses the growing economy of Brooklyn-ness and the Brooklyn brand worldwide.

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#TBT Brian and Ira Glass, 1997

Ira Glass in 1997: "Our goal is if you hear the first 90 seconds of anything you will not be able to stop listening."

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