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Dysfunction and Danger: A Bus Station and a Spy in the Middle East

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

port Authority Bus Terminal Port Authority bus terminal. One-third of all commuters from New Jersey pass through the terminal every day, but the building hasn't kept up with the number of buses or people coming and going. (Rose Trinh/flickr)

WNYC’s transportation reporter Jim O’Grady checks out the Port Authority’s over-crowded, dysfunctional Midtown bus terminal. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird tells the story of the life and death of Robert Ames, one of the most important operatives in CIA history. Mark Chiusano talks about his debut collection of short stories—all set in Brooklyn—called Marine Park. We’ll speak with independent scientists who’ve seized control of a 1970s-era satellite. Plus: a look at the exploitation of pro-wrestlers, who have no health insurance benefits, no job security, and are under-compensated for doing dangerous work.

Why the Port Authority Bus Terminal Is Crumbling, Crowded, Unloved

The much-maligned Midtown bus terminal was supposed to get a major renovation. Then Governor Christie's office used the money for other projects.

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Why the Spy Who Might Have Forged Peace in the Middle East was Assassinated

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird talks about the life and death CIA operative Robert Ames, who was the most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East.

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Short Stories Set in the Far Reaches of Brooklyn

Mark Chiusano discusses his debut collection of short stories, Marine Park, all set in the train-less and tourist-free Brooklyn neighborhood.

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The Terrible Treatment of Pro-Wrestlers

Daniel O’Sullivan on why professional wrestlers often lack benefits, pensions, health insurance, and, unlike any other major American sport, aren’t represented by a union.

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So, You Want To Seize a Satellite?

A small group of volunteers and aerospace engineers seized control of the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 satellite and set up a mission control in an abandoned McDonald's.

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