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On The Media

Why You Can't Vote Online Yet

Friday, November 09, 2012

Election Day saw long lines at the polls and confusion among voters. Why can't we just log on and vote? Brooke speaks to Thad Hall, co-author of Point, Click and Vote: The Future of Internet Voting about why, despite being used in countries like Estonia, online voting won't be a reality in the U.S. anytime soon.

Will Samson - My Broken Mirror

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On The Media

How Negative was this year's Election Coverage?

Friday, November 09, 2012

Bob talks to Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, who studied the tone and scope of this year's election coverage. Jurkowitz says that the tone of this election season was extremely negative, both in mainstream and social media.

Deaf City - White Lake

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Jane Mayer, Ryan Lizza, and John Cassidy on the election and what's next.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Jane Mayer, Ryan Lizza, and John Cassidy on the election and what's next.

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The Takeaway

That Song in Your Post-Election Heart

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Songs of joy, and music of mourning: Regardless of which presidential candidate you backed yesterday, your heart is, no doubt, singing a happy or sad song today. If you haven't picked out a playlist yet, John Schaeffer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, has some suggestions for you.

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The Takeaway

Reacting to Election Results

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The results are in, but what’s next for the country? The Takeaway's panel of political and cultural experts reacts to the results. Jeff Yang writes the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal, Ron Christie is a Republican political strategist, and Farai Chideya  is a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute.

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The Takeaway

Google versus Pollsters: Who's Right?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Throughout the day, voters will be polled as they exit their voting stations. But how seriously should we be taking those polls? Isn’t there a more accurate measurement of the electorate than a few thousand voters talking to a handful of pollsters? Seth Stephens-Davidowitz thinks so.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: Tech Post-Sandy and Getting Out the Vote

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Sandy turned the New York City metropolitan area into a low tech region last week. The storm knocked out power, cut internet access and limited phone service throughout the tri-state region.

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Soundcheck

Why Joe Biden Should Have Been A Pop Star: The 2012 Election In Song

Monday, November 05, 2012

Joe Biden is a "rock star" -- according to The Gregory Brothers, at least. The Brooklyn group best known for turning viral internet videos into catchy hits pledged to "songify" each of the debates leading up to this year's election -- and they delivered on that promise. We talk with them about their pitch-correcting technique, and why they prefer Joe Biden's voice over any other. 

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WNYC News

Midwest Generators to Power NY Poll Sites

Saturday, November 03, 2012

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As New York election officials work out contingency plans for poll sites still without power on Election Day, the vendor that supplies machines to New York City, Nassau and Rockland counties is hauling in a solution.

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On The Media

Forecasting Tuesday

Friday, November 02, 2012

Less than a week before the election, many observers across the political spectrum say that they believe a victory for President Obama is highly likely. Others say that it's reckless to predict the future with any kind of certainty. Nate Silver of the New York Times FiveThirtyEight blog explains to Brooke the difference between forecasting and fortune-telling, and defends his belief that an Obama win seems probable. 

Grizzly Bear & Feist - Service Bell

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The Takeaway

Voting in a Disaster Area

Thursday, November 01, 2012

While Sandy’s main impacts have been felt on roads, in homes, and in communities, they also have the potential of being felt at the voting booth. In the storm's aftermath, will all the displaced people be able to make it to the polls? Will the absentee ballots be delivered? And in places that rely on electronic voting machines, will voting even be possible? Scott Colabella, the county clerk for Ocean County, New Jersey, explains.

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Soundcheck

Lost (And Found) Political Lyrics from "You're The Top"

Friday, October 26, 2012

The song "You're The Top" from the Broadway musical Anything Goes by Cole Porter is filled with superlatives of the highest and lowest variety. In it, two friends sing words to each other like "You're the Nile, you're the Tower of Pisa / You're the smile on the Mona Lisa." And they then compare that to themselves with lines like, "I'm a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop." 

WNYC's Director of News Special Initiatives, Andrea Bernstein, joins us to share her story of uncovering the story behind some political lyrics that fall into the song's latter category that were lost for half a century. 

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The Takeaway

What Our Google Habits Reveal About Our Voting Habits

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard, says that if you really want to know what the average American is thinking about when it comes politics, don’t ask them — ask Google. Among the things you may be surprised to learn? "Paul Ryan shirtless" gets Googled nine times more often than "Paul Ryan budget."

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Why Did You Give Me That Bag of Skittles Edition

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the 40th anniversary of "Free to Be You and Me," Saturday Night Live's presidential debate parodies, and the website HeTexted.com.

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Soundcheck

Aimee Mann For Musician In Chief

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Throughout the past several weeks, Soundcheck has been accepting nominations for our first Musician In Chief. Today, Soundcheck host John Schaefer tells us why Aimee Mann deserves your vote.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Offers Matching Grant to Support Same Sex Marriage Initiatives

Monday, October 22, 2012

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering to match donations made by the end of the week to campaigns to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine, Minnesota and Washington.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Binders and Binders and Binders Gabfest

Friday, October 19, 2012

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The Town Hall Brawl: Did Obama successfully neutralize lingering questions about Libya and did Romney lose points among the many binders full of women?

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Transportation Nation

Presidential Debate: No Transpo Talk, Just Gas Prices and Oil Production

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Although the second question in Tuesday night's presidential debate was about gas prices, those hoping for conversation about transportation policy  -- or even the word "transportation -- were disappointed.

And while President Barack Obama once spoke frequently about the need to renew the country's infrastructure, that word also wasn't uttered by either candidate.

But here's what was talked about: a transcript of the conversation shows the word “gas” 30 times.

In response to a question about how much the U.S. can control gas prices, President Obama said: "The most important thing we can do is to make sure we control our own energy. So here's what I've done since I've been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it's been in decades." A few moments later, he said that during his administration, "we doubled fuel efficiency standards on cars. That means that in the middle of the next decade, any car you buy, you're going to end up going twice as far on a gallon of gas."

Governor Mitt Romney disputed the president's numbers. "Oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land, and gas production is down 9 percent," he said, adding that "I'll get America and North America energy-independent. I'll do it by more drilling, more permits and licenses. We're going to bring that pipeline in from Canada." This led to a spirited exchange about domestic oil production.

Later in the debate, the candidates sparred over the auto industry bailout, but during the debate the words “transportation,” “infrastructure” and “transit” weren’t mentioned once.

President Obama did use a “bus driver” as a salary example during a tax policy question; he also said he’d take the money the country has been spending on war and “rebuild America — roads, bridges, schools.”

No matter what their commitment to transit, one thing is certain: one of these men will be gracing a D.C. fare card in January.

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WNYC News

Wait Begins After Huge Turnout in Venezuela Vote

Sunday, October 07, 2012

A huge voter turnout swamped polling sites across Venezuela on Sunday as a united, well-organized opposition candidate gave President Hugo Chavez the race of his life.

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