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Public Employee Unions Sue State Over Increased Healthcare Costs For Retirees

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Public employee unions for New York State workers are suing the Cuomo administration in federal court in Albany over the state's decision to raise health care contributions for current retirees. The bump-up would raise the employee share 2 percent for both individual and family plans.

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More Reasons to Love NY

Monday, December 12, 2011

Contributing editors for New York Magazine, Chris Smith and Amy Larocca, walk us through some of the "Reasons to Love New York" from the annual issue.

What happened this year that made you love New York?

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FEMA Extends Deadline for NY Home, Business Owners

Monday, October 31, 2011

Home and business owners in New York who suffered losses during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have a bit more time to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA.

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Your City, Your New York: Your Favorite Places

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jeryl Brunner, entertainment journalist and author of My City, My New York: Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places, takes your calls about your favorite New York City spots and talks about what celebrities said when she asked them about the NYC locations dear to them. Jay Jay French, founding member and one of the guitarists of the band Twisted Sister, and Will Shortz, editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, chime in with their favorite places.

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WNYC: September 11, 2001

Friday, September 09, 2011

On the morning of September 11, 2001, WNYC was broadcasting from studios then located in the Municipal Building in lower Manhattan.

Shortly after the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center that morning, WNYC’s FM transmitter, which was located atop the World Trade Center, was destroyed and WNYC FM went off the air. But WNYC continued to broadcast on its AM signal throughout the day.  

The audio above is a recording of what WNYC broadcast throughout the day on September 11, 2001, beginning shortly after the first plane struck the World Trade Center. It includes the first eyewitness account of the attacks recorded and broadcast that day.

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The Deal with Special Elections

Friday, September 09, 2011

Colby Hamilton, writer for WNYC's city and state politics blog, The Empire, discusses the special election process in New York and how it affects political power in the state.

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The Takeaway

Remembering 9/11: Songs Picked By Our Listeners

Monday, September 05, 2011

Today we're starting a week-long series in remembrance of 9/11, ten years later. Our co-producer, WNYC, asked listeners what music they would like to hear, as they think about the events of ten years ago. Something comforting, to celebrate being American and a New Yorker? Thousands of listeners weighed in. We're playing some of the songs our listeners picked, and hearing about the selections from WNYC's Chris Bannon and Kathleen Ehrlich. What songs would you suggest? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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Bloomberg Pledges Millions to City Initiative Aimed at Black and Latino Men

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday he will invest his own money in a new, $130 million city initiative to help black and Latino men get ahead. The Bloomberg Administration calls it the nation's boldest and most comprehensive effort to reduce racial disparities.

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Thursday, August 04, 2011

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses his work as New York's chief lawyer.

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Census Data Shows Large Population Swing in New York

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

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The Empire Center for New York State Policy has reported that 1.6 million New Yorkers moved to other states last decade. That's more than the populations of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains and West Babylon combined.

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Leaving New York

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

E.J. McMahon, senior fellow for Tax and Budgetary Studies at the Manhattan Institute and director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy, and Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent  for the New York Times, explain the migration of New Yorkers over time, and how the latest report from the Empire Center fits with census data.

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NYC and Poverty

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Glenn Pasanen, public finance columnist for Gotham Gazette, talks about Mayor Bloomberg's anti-poverty policies, and Daniel Massey, reporter for Crain's New York Business, discusses his article on "The Blossoming Bronx." 

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The Takeaway

Strauss-Kahn Case On Verge of Collapse with Doubts about Accuser

Friday, July 01, 2011

In an exclusive story in The New York Times, investigators have serious doubts about the credibility of the housekeeper who accused the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, of rape and sexual assault in a Manhattan hotel in May. Strauss-Kahn has stepped down from his position while the IMF investigates the charges, which he has consistently denied. According to law enforcement officials who spoke with Times, there are questions surrounding the asylum application of the housekeeper, as well possible links to criminal activities, including money laundering and drug dealing. It's likely that Strauss-Kahn's bail conditions will be eased and he could be released on his own recognizance as early as this morning.

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Investigators Question Credibility of Strauss-Kahn's Accuser

Friday, July 01, 2011

The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is possibly on the verge of collapse this morning, according to an article from our partner The New York Times. The Times reports that the maid—who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her at a Manhattan hotel in May—may have lied about her asylum application, and may have been involved in drug dealing and money laundering. Strauss-Kahn is headed to court this morning, where his legal team is expected to ask for his bail conditions to be relaxed. 

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When Will State Budget Stallers Step Into Line?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New York has balanced its budget, and California finally shed its reputation as a fiscal laggard, reaching its budget on time for the first time in years. But other states are not on similar paths. In Minnesota, if the Democratic governor and Republican-led legislature cannot agree on a budget by midnight tonight, all nonessential services will shut down, including state parks—dire news, ahead of the July 4 weekend. So why is it taking so long? And what can we learn from states that have already settled their books? 

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Spending Bill: Local Effects

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bill Pascrell, U.S. Congressman (D-NJ 8) and member of the House Budget Committee and Ways and Means Committee, and Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. Congresswoman (D-NY 14), talk about the federal spending bill's effects on NY and NJ. 

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The Takeaway

With Great Musical Power Comes Great Musical Responsibility

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

“Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” is the most expensive Broadway production in history, and may very well be the most talked about musical in decades. Boasting a $65 million budget, a score by U2’s Bono and the Edge, twenty seven daredevil flying scenes, and direction by Tony award-winner Julie Taymor, it appears to have all the ingredients for success. But the show has also been plagued by a seemingly endless supply of unintended drama: injuries, postponments and more. Tired of it all, and convinced he could deliver a better Spider-Man musical sooner, Justin Moran wrote and produced his own Spider-Man musical.

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WNYC News

Love Can Happen Anywhere - Even on Mass Transit

Monday, February 14, 2011

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One would think Cupid, a Roman god, wouldn't hang out in the subway. But given the responses we received after asking couples who met on mass transit to share their stories, we concluded the God of Desire has an unlimited Metrocard.

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Sea Level Rise Could Turn New York Into Venice, Experts Warn

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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Malcolm Bowman, an oceanography professor, recently stood at the snow-covered edge of the Williamsburg waterfront and pointed toward the Midtown skyline. "It's a sea of tranquility," he said. "It's hard to imagine the dangers lying ahead."

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New York Surpasses Boston in Venture Capital Deals

Monday, January 24, 2011

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New York City and Boston are vying for the No. 2 spot in Venture Capital Deals following Silicon Valley.

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