Tackling NYC School Segregation; World AIDS Day; Democracy Debrief: Voting Access; Making the Most of Your Protest

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Students greet each other before the school day at I.S. 392 in Brooklyn.

Juan Manuel Benítez is filling in for Brian today. You'll hear:

  • Brigid Bergin, WNYC city hall and politics reporter, and Grace Rauh, NY1 political reporter, talk about city news, including Mayor de Blasio's emails released right before the holiday in response to a FOIA request by NY1 News and the Post.
  • Ritchie Torres, New York City Council Member of Central Bronx’s 15th district, and Yasmeen Khan, education reporter for WNYC, talk about the latest efforts to increase racial and economic diversity in the city’s public schools, including a proposed bill from Councilmember Torres to make it a human rights issue and the newly approved plan for some Upper West Side schools.
  • As New York City dedicates its AIDS Memorial in the park across from what was St. Vincent's Hospital, where so many New Yorkers suffered and died from the disease, David France, director of the Oscar-Nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague," contributing editor for New York Magazine and the author of How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS (Knopf, 2016), joins us to talk about the "plague years" and how the city and the world responded.
  • Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, follows up on Tuesday's deep dive into counting (and recounting) electronic and paper ballots with a look at access to the voting booth, voter fraud, voter restrictions and what a Trump Justice Department will mean for ballot access in future elections.
  • Tina Rosenberg, winner of a MacArthur grant, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of three books including Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World, talks about how protests throughout history have led to concrete policy change.