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Remembering D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mayor Barry, who died Sunday at the age of 78, leaves behind a complicated legacy. He faced personal scandals, but he's also remembered as a trailblazing civil rights leader.

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PRI's The World

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with cancer — so his brother is taking his place on the ballot

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has dropped out of the mayoral race after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. But that doesn't mean that there won't be a Ford on the ballot.

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WNYC News

Mayor Signs Bill Tracking Solitary in NYC Jails

Friday, August 29, 2014

The mayor has signed a bill requiring New York City correction officials to track and publish information on the use of solitary confinement.

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WNYC News

Newark Mayor Now Needs to Make Nice With Christie, Booker

Monday, July 21, 2014

WNYC

The self-proclaimed “radical” new mayor has been critical of his predecessor — now a U.S. Senator — and of New Jersey's governor. But now that he’s in office, he'll need their help.

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WNYC News

Newark's New Leader: "Yeah! We Need a Mayor That’s Radical!"

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

WNYC

After U.S. Senator Cory Booker is booed at Ras Baraka's mayoral inauguration, the new Newark mayor promises to take on poverty and change the city.

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The Takeaway

Philly Mayor: America is Broken & Needs Fixing

Monday, June 23, 2014

This past weekend, Dallas played host to hundreds of mayors from around the nation. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was among those in attendance. He weighs in on the challenges facing his city, and the troubling divides plaguing the nation.

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WNYC News

Newark Will Elect a New Mayor Today

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WNYC

Voters in Newark will elect a new mayor and nine-member city council today. It’s the first mayoral election since Mayor Cory Booker left City Hall for the U.S. Senate last fall.

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WNYC News

In the Race for Brick City Mayor, Will the 'Real Newarker' Please Stand Up?

Friday, May 09, 2014

WNYC

Voters in Newark go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a successor to Cory Booker.  And this time around, even though both candidates were born and raised in the Brick City,  one of the key issues is who is more “Newark” than the other. 

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Soundcheck

What's Ahead For NYC Arts Under Mayor De Blasio

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Bill De Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City last week. Among those wondering what this new mayor’s tenure will bring is the New York arts community – a group that, in general, did pretty well under former mayor Michael Bloomberg. We talk with Wall Street Journal arts reporter Jennifer Maloney about the capital spending projects that define Bloomberg's arts legacy -- and about what could be ahead for New York arts institutions, big and small.

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Soundcheck

NYC Mayors And The Arts; Songs Of The Great Flood; Lakecia Benjamin And Soul Squad

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

In this episode: Bill De Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City last week. Among those wondering what exactly this new mayor’s tenure will bring is the New York arts community. Jennifer Maloney, arts reporter for The Wall Street Journal, talks about what we can expect.

Filmmaker Bill Morrison's latest effort looks at the Great Flood of 1927, which changed American history and American music through the great migration of African-Americans northward. Morrison shares songs new and old inspired by the flood.

Alto saxophonisrt and native New Yorker Lakecia Benjamin has made a name for herself as a sidewoman to artists like Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys -- and as a composer and bandleader of her own group. She and her band Soul Squad lay down a couple of extra-funky tracks in the Soundcheck studio.

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WNYC News

Meet the Two-Story, Top Hat Wearing, Cigar-Chomping Inflatable Pig

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Across New York City, small groups of pro-union activists, supporting various causes, are holding flash demonstrations.  What they have in common is a belief that the pro-labor momentum that began with Bill de Blasio’s election will lead to higher wages for workers and a union-friendly administration.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayor-elect de Blasio Announces Top Admin Picks

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has announced several key appointments to his cabinet this morning. Anthony Shorris will be first deputy mayor. Emma Wolfe will be Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. And Dominic Williams will be Shorris' Chief of Staff.

WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Kathleen Horan are at the press conference. Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, talks about the appointments and what they suggest about de Blasio's policy priorities. 

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The Takeaway

Scandals Around Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Threaten City's Image

Friday, November 15, 2013

Most Americans have probably heard the soundbite that's been echoing around the world. "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted last week. "Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it ? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately a year ago." Stephen Marche, novelist and contributing editor for Esquire is a Toronto native. He recently wrote an op-ed in our partner The New York Times about the image of Toronto under Ford.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Trans Fat Ban?; Bullying and Bonding; Ask an Astronaut

Friday, November 08, 2013

The FDA is moving ahead in the process to ban trans fats across the country. Marion Nestle of NYU talks about New York City’s ban on trans fats and what a national rule might mean for your food. Then: details from the latest “Unheard Third” report from the Community Service Society shows what New Yorkers want from the next mayor. Plus: a deep look at bullying, the NFL, and male bonding with Josh Levin and Emily Bazelon of Slate. And your calls and questions for “Ask an Astronaut Anything” with Col. Chris Hadfield, author of “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.”

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VIDEO: Brian Lehrer on The Colbert Report

Thursday, November 07, 2013

WNYC

On Wednesday night, Brian was invited to the Colbert Report to speak with Stephen about the New York City mayor's race and more. Watch the video!

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The Takeaway

Detroit's New Mayor Inherits Host of Problems

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

With its list of lengthy problems, people are wondering: Who would want to be the mayor of Detroit? The city's dwindling population elected Mike Duggan, a former hospital executive known for rehabilitating troubled institutions. Quinn Klinefelter, reporter for WDET in Detroit, discusses his city's new mayor, and the long list of problems the city's new leader will inherit.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayor de Blasio; Governor Christie's Second Term; Bloomberg Future

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Bill de Blasio will be New York's next mayor and Governor Christie keeps his post. We'll pore over their victory speeches and take your calls. Plus: why is Mayor Bloomberg getting involved in public health in Mexico?

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Mayor Tracker

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The latest tweets, stories and data from and about the 2013 NYC mayoral candidates.

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The Takeaway

As Election Season Heats Up, Mayors Run Unchallenged in Many Cities

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It’s election year in many U.S. cities as candidates run in mayoral elections around the country. But are local elections with only one serious candidate a sign of an ailing democracy? Melissa Sanchez is a reporter for El Nuevo Herald in Miami. Jeanne Bonner is a Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter. They join The Takeaway to discuss the mayoral contests in their respective cities and what happened to the other candidates.

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WNYC News

Lhota Kicks Off General Election Campaign at Chabad Center

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota visited a Chabad-Lubavitch center in Queens today, where he paid his respects to the late Rebbe Menachem Schneerson. Schneerson, a Chabad-Lubavitch leader, died in 1994. Thousands of people from around the world visit Schneerson's grave and leave blessings and prayers. Lhota also left a blessing, saying it was private but had to do with "the future of New York City."

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