Drawing the Line

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A pre-k class lines up to wash hands at P.S. 261 Philip Livingston in Boerum Hill. (Yasmeen Khan/WNYC)

New York City’s universal pre-k program will hold some classes in religious institutions due to a shortage of seats in public schools. Richard Buery, the deputy mayor for strategic policy initiative, explains how the line between church and state in these classrooms won’t blur. Plus: NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on the state of community policing; your thoughts the Democratic National Committee holding its big convention in Brooklyn in 2016; and remembering Robin Williams.

Bratton Defends Quality-of-Life Police Tactics

"The vast majority of what we do is in response to community concerns," says the NYPD commissioner, citing 911 and 311 calls as the primary way police address community issues.

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Where To Put The Pre-K Seats?

There aren't enough seats in public schools for the expanded pre-k program in New York City, so the city is looking to put classes in community and religious schools. Richard Buery, deputy mayor for Strategic Policy Initiative, talks about the line between church and state in these pre-k classrooms, and the guidelines for how teachers can walk the line between cultural and religious instruction.

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U.S. in Iraq: Where's Our Coalition?

The U.S. is bombing key ISIS strongholds in Northern Iraq, helping Kurdish forces reassert their control. But what's the role of the other regional powers in helping the cause? Vijay Prashad, Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, also a columnist for Frontline, discusses the conflict in the region and how other groups are providing help.   

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Democratic National Convention: Brooklyn, 2016?

Members of the Democratic National Committee are scoping out the Barclay's Center as a possible host for the DNC's convention in 2016. Mayor de Blasio, Senator Schumer and the Clintons are all in favor of the idea. Are you? Call in with thoughts on the pros and cons of Brooklyn hosting the convention. 

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New Yorkers Remember Robin Williams

We remember the life and career of comedian and actor Robin Williams, and take calls from those who knew, worked with, or were influenced by him.

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