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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

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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WNYC News

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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WNYC News

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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The Takeaway

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo Heads to Albany

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

As Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo heads to Albany, he'll be entering a context created by his own family (father Mario Cuomo held the position for over a decade), as well as what people on both sides of the aisle acknowledge is a legislative mess. The public perception of the New York governor's office has been in flux ever since Eliot Spitzer resigned, after his prostitution scandal. Andrew Cuomo, New York’s attorney general, ran on a reform ticket, pledging that he’d get notoriously-gridlocked Albany back in working order. Can he do it? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

General Handicapping

Friday, September 17, 2010

Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, blogger, and Daily News columnist, and Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist college poll preview the general elections in New York.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Talking Politics: NYS Primary Preview

Monday, September 13, 2010

Juan Manuel Benitez, reporter for NY1 Noticias and host of Pura Política, and Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall, a website and monthly publication focused on New York politics and policy, discuss the key races in tomorrow's primary.

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The Ballot Box

Monday, September 13, 2010

Juan Carlos "J.C." Polanco, NYC Board of Elections commissioner, walks Brian through the new voting methods for tomorrow's elections. Then Jessica Friedman Hewitt, former managing director of AIGA's Design for Democracy, looks at the design of new ballot that will be used in tomorrow's New York primary.

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Deploying The Slide: Your "I Quit" Stories

Monday, September 06, 2010

A Jet Blue flight attendant has set the bar for the most creative quitting ever - grabbing a beer from the mini fridge, deploying the emergency slide, and walking off the tarmac. 

Have you ever had a similar urge? What's your best "take this job and shove it" story? Let us know! 

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WNYC News

Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque Draws Competing Rallies in Lower Manhattan

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Separated by just a couple of blocks and a vigilant police force, supporters and opponents of the proposed Park51 development rallied simultaneously on Sunday in hopes of influencing the public debate over the Islamic cultural center and mosque. The rally against the project was the more sophisticated of the two events, boasting a stage and sound system from which Bruce Springsteen and various country hits blared. The other rally, supporting Park51, was organized by a coalition of anti-war and socialist groups, but drew unaffiliated individuals and some Muslims as well. Many of them said the opposition to the mosque was borne of Islamophobia.

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The Takeaway

New Yorkers Split on Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan

Friday, August 20, 2010

Whether they are families of September 11 victims or just normal New Yorkers, a recent poll showed that the city is split over Park 51, the Islamic cultural center and mosque proposed a few blocks from Ground Zero, in lower Manhattan. Two-thirds of New Yorkers are against it, and less than one-third in favor. Mid-term election candidates have made the center an election issue, with politicians defending it as a First Amendment right or demanding that the city prevent the construction by taking over the site via "eminent domain." With all the controversy, emotions are running high. 

If you could decide whether or not the center were built at that location, how would you make your decision?

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WNYC News

Debate Over Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque Continues

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New York Gov. David Paterson says support is growing for his proposal of a land swap to move a proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque away from its site two blocks from the World Trade Center. Speaking this morning on WOR Radio, the governor encouraged developers to take up his idea.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Bobby Thomson and 'The Shot Heard 'Round The World'

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bobby Thomson, the baseball legend who hit the winning shot for the New York Giants in the 1951 National League playoff series died on Monday night. He was 86.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's on the NYS Ballot?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah, both WNYC reporters, talk about the upcoming primary votes in New York and who's on the ballot, which was released yesterday. Plus, what to make of Rangel's rant.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York Has a Budget

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Four months after the deadline, the New York State legislature gave final approval to the budget last night.  Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, shares the details.

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The Takeaway

From Adam Clayton Powell Jr. to Charles Rangel: The Past and Future of Harlem's Political Leadership

Thursday, July 29, 2010

This afternoon a House ethics panel will lay out the charges against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who, at 80 years old, is one of the longest-serving members of Congress. Rep. Rangel has represented Harlem since 1970, when he ousted the legendary Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Both men had long, storied careers representing what may be the country’s most famous African-American neighborhood, home to Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, and many others. But a lot has changed in Harlem since Powell, Jr. was elected in 1945. We look back at the history of Harlem politics and the power of the "Gang of Four."

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Your Anecdotal Census: Rockland County

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tim Henderson, data analyst for The Journal News, discusses the changing demographics of Rockland County over the last ten years.  Then Renold Julien, executive director of the Konbit Neg Lakay, a Haitian-American community center based in Spring Valley, talks about the Haitian community there.  Marla Cohen, editor of the Rockland Jewish Reporter, joins with changes she has noticed in the secular Jewish community of Rockland County over the past decade.  Later C. Scott Vanderhoef, Rockland County executive, talks about the policy implications of demographic changes in Rockland County.

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Testing 1 2 3

Thursday, July 22, 2010

David Steiner, New York State education commissioner and president of the University of the State of New York, discusses findings that say New York's standardized tests have become easier, and even students who pass the tests are falling short in college.

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