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Friday, September 05, 2014

51,000 new pre-k students started school in New York City yesterday. WNYC’s Robin Shulman reports on how it’s going, and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, the person in charge of pre-k implementation, talks about how the first day went and answers parents’ questions. Plus: Gail Sheehy, contributing editor to Vanity Fair, on her new memoir; Whole Foods is trying to get rid of its “Whole Paycheck” nickname; City Council member Oliver Koppell on his run for New York State Senate; and a new documentary explores the story of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who supposedly pitched a no-hitter while high on LSD.  

How'd The First Day of Pre-K Go?

The first day of school started yesterday for public school and pre-k students. Today we talk about how it is going and parents tell us their thoughts on the new school year so far.

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On What Planet Is Whole Foods the Cheaper Option?

An expensive planet, presumably. A new report from Bloomberg found that a basket of groceries at a Manhattan Whole Foods was cheaper than at least four other Manhattan grocery chains.

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Challenge in NYS 24th Senate District

Oliver Koppell talks about decision to challenge incumbent senator Jeff Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, to represent the 24th Senate District in New York.

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Meet the Candidates: Senate District 31

Sen. Espaillat and his challenger in the Democratic primary, Robert Jackson, talk about the issues in the West Side/Inwood district.

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Gail Sheehy's Passages

Gail Sheehy looks back on her own passages in her new memoir Daring.

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The Truth Behind Dock Ellis' LSD No-Hitter

Legend has it Dock Ellis pitched his 1970 no-hitter on acid. But Dock's story is about way more than just the LSD no-no.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Three of our favorites from the week, in case you missed them. Perfect for your walk, run, or cooking.

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