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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inside the De Blasio Budget

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio released his preliminary budget yesterday. Kate Taylor, New York Times City Hall reporter, explains what's in the $73.7 billion spending plan - including a tax to fund pre-k, an inspector general for the NYPD, and more.

 

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The Takeaway

Openly Gay Eagle Scout May Be Banned | Six Years of High School? An Educational Experiment in Chicago | This Valentine's Day, True Stories of Love & Tech

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Why Ice is So Difficult to Fight in The South | How Do They Do That? The Physics Behind the Skeleton and the Luge | Six Years of High School? An Educational Experiment in Chicago | Openly Gay Eagle Scout May Be Banned | This Valentine's Day, True Stories of ...

WNYC News

'Murky Waters' Cloud De Blasio’s First Budget Address

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WNYC

Labor contracts, pre-k funding, and a rainy day reserve are some of the x-factors in the mayor's spending plan.

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Transportation Nation

Cuomo Dodges Bridgegate Questions

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in his most extensive back and forth to date with reporters about the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal that has engulfed his counterpart in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie.

Cuomo and Christie jointly run the entity that oversees the bridge, the Port Authority, but Cuomo has ...

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Election Panel: Long Lines Were Management Problem

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The election administration commission appointed by President Obama found no evidence that partisan plots were behind long Election Day lines, as some have suggested. Rather, some election officials simply misjudged how much equipment and personnel they needed at certain precincts.

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Radiolab

Neither Confirm Nor Deny

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How a sunken nuclear submarine, a crazy billionaire, and a mechanical claw gave birth to a phrase that has hounded journalists and lawyers for 40 years and embodies the tension between the public’s desire for transparency and the government’s need to keep secrets.  


 

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Democrats Clash In Military Sexual Assault Debate

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are at odds over whether military commanders should retain control over pursuing prosecution in sexual assault cases.

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With Senate's OK, Debt Limit Bill Will Head To White House

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Senate has voted to extend the federal debt limit, giving final congressional approval to a bill that is meant to cover the government's finances into 2015. The measure passed on a 55-43 vote.

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Transportation Nation

NJ Transit's Secret Deal With Christie's Favorite Firm

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WNYC

The law firm run by Governor Christie's top man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson, extracted a secret agreement from New Jersey Transit that it would build a transit station in a favorable location for Samson's client.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty Of Corruption

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ray Nagin was indicted last January, when prosecutors said he engaged in bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | February 12, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Also On Today's Show: Alaska has been experiencing abnormally warm weather this winter, which is presenting all sorts of challenges and even dangers...A federal lawsuit reveals that the corn refinery and sugar industries secretly funded Washington-based non profits and experts to grab market share and promote health risks of the opposing party's products.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Instead of fading away following her defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton became a widely admired world leader, serving as secretary of state for four years. A new book HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton is based on interviews with Clinton’s intimates, colleagues, supporters, enemies, and those deep inside her inner circle to define the woman who may be our next president.

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The Takeaway

Syrians Evacuated Amid Cease-Fire

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thanks to a fragile but extended truce, the United Nations has been helping move hundreds out of the old city of Homs, but thousands of Syrians—including children, the sick and the injured—remain. Dina Elkassaby is in the Syrian capital of Damascus. She works for the U.N.'s World Food Program and describes how her aid agency is working to assist evacuees amid the cease-fire.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Washington DC News Round-Up

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The House voted yesterday to pass a "clean" debt ceiling bill. Elizabeth Williamson, national reporter for The Wall Street Journal,  talks about the unusual vote and what it says about Washington politics. Plus: the latest ACA delays, and Janet Yellen's first testimony as Fed chair yesterday.

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Republican Faulconer Elected Mayor In San Diego

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

City Councilman Kevin Faulconer will fill the seat vacated by disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat. Filner left office after less than a year following sexual harassment allegations from more than a dozen women.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gladys Carrión, the commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, talks about her new role in the de Blasio administration.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

ACA delays; ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión; The Square

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Another part of the Affordable Care Act has been delayed by a year; hear the latest news from the capital on ACA delays, the debt limit bill, and more. Then, newly-appointed Administration for Children’s Services commissioner Gladys Carrión discusses joining the de Blasio administration. Plus: our Oscar-nominated documentary series continues with Egyptian director Jehane Noujaim of “The Square.”

The Takeaway

School Lunches Now Come With a Serving of Politics | How Do They Do That? Olympic Speed Skating | Top Dog Selected As Westminster Crowns Best In Show

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Syrians Evacuated From Homs Amid Cease-Fire | Massive Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc on Southern States | How Do They Do That? Olympic Speed Skating | Warm Weather Brings Danger to Alaska | Top Dog Selected As Westminster Crowns Best In Show | Corn, Sugar Industries Use Sweet Talk to Influence Public ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Rebirth of Hillary Clinton; "Out of Hand" at MAD; Matthew Quick's New Novel; Gurus of How-To

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On today’s show, we’ll take a look at the political rebirth of Hillary Rodham Clinton after her defeat in the 2008 primaries. Curator Ronald Lobaco and artists Richard Dupont and Barry X Ball discuss a new exhibition of digitally fabricated works at the Museum of Arts and Design. Silver Linings Playbook writer Matthew Quick talks about his new novel, The Good Luck of Right Now. Plus, the gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell, answer your questions about home repair!

WNYC News

Finally, a Bit of Good News for Christie

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

After more than a month of relentless news stories about abuse-of-power scandals plaguing the Christie administration, the governor got three bits of good news on Tuesday.

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