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WNYC News

With Caveats, Cuomo Veers to the Center

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

He's still pushing universal pre-k, gun control and medical marijuana, but in the first big speech of his re-election year, New York's governor seemed to go back to his centrist roots, focusing on lower taxes and balanced budgets.

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On The Media

Sometimes, Native Advertising is Actually Pretty Good

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I am generally not a fan of advertising of any kind. Print, billboards, TV - no matter how creative you are, I find it an annoying distraction that I try to tune out. But there have been a couple of smart attempts at online advertising recently that were great not so much for their content, but for their rollout. They spoke to me because is was clear that the folks behind the campaigns have a pretty good grip on the internet.

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Emails Tie Gov. Christie's Aides To Lane Closings Controversy

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The New Jersey governor has said neither he nor his staff were involved in the closing of some key lanes leading onto the George Washington Bridge into New York. Democrats have said the governor's office may have been trying to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., for not supporting Christie's re-election bid.

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The Takeaway

How to Prepare a Drone for Commercial Use

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Big news for the world of drones came late last month when the FAA announced that it was authorizing sites in 10 states to carry out drone aircraft testing. One of the sites where testing will take place is Virginia Tech. Jon Greene is Interim Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership which is leading testing for Virginia Tech. He explains how his team is preparing drones for commercial use.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

James Carville: Love & War

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

 James Carville talks about being half the nation’s most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. he looks at how he and his wife, Republican strategist Mary Matalin—and the country—have changed in the last two decades in their book Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. They tell their story, beginning with the end of the 1992 presidential campaign—where he managed Bill Clinton’s electoral triumph while she suffered defeat as George H. W. Bush’s key strategist.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Case Against Clemency for Snowden

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist, author of The Insurgents, and the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations discusses his recent Slate piece, "Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency."

 

 

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The Takeaway

Rodman Brings Team to Play Ball in North Korea

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Nothing says happy birthday to one of the world's most ruthless dictators more than a basketball game led by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Today in honor of Kim Jong-Un's birthday, Rodman has assembled a 12-member team to play a game in North Korea. Is this just classic Dennis Rodman? Or is there something deeper going on? To help us get inside his head we've called upon William Rhoden, sports writer for our partner The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Meeting the Standard: Safety & Nuclear Power

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

As part of our second conversation in our "Meeting the Standard" series, The Takeaway sat down with Ken Balkey, consulting engineer at Westinghouse and senior vice president of ASME Standards, where his work focuses largely on standards for nuclear power. Ken is proof of the fact that every inch, valve and screw thread at a nuclear power plant is considered and constructed carefully, with your safety in mind.

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The Takeaway

Should We Declare 'War' on Inequality?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and announced "unconditional war on poverty in America." Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, reflects on the 50 years since President Johnson declared the War on Poverty, and discusses the best policy solutions to eliminate poverty today.

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Transportation Nation

Emails Tie Top Christie Aides to GW Bridge Scandal

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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An email message to the central figure in the fray surrounding the closure of traffic lanes to the George Washington Bridge links a top aide to Governor Chris Christie to the growing scandal. "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," wrote Christie Aide Bridget Anne Kelly.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christie Aid Linked to GWB Lane Closures

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

A top Christie aide is linked to the lane closures that caused major traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz explains what happened and the implications for Chris Christie's political future. 

Check out the emails that exposed the link and more here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Rizzo on 30 Years of Controversy in the CIA

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

John Rizzo traces the CIA’s evolution from shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws, rules, and a seemingly never-ending string of public controversies. In Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, he looks at the CIA in the years after the 9/11 attacks, when he served as the agency’s top lawyer, with oversight of actions that remain the subject of intense debate today. He’s the first CIA official to ever describe what “black sites” look like from the inside, to discusses the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah, and address the enhanced interrogation program.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andy Borowitz Guest Hosts; James Carville; Eleni Mandel; Writers and Drinkers; Inside the CIA

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Republican strategist Mary Matalin and Democratic strategist James Carville talk about their bipartisan marriage and why they’ve left Washington, DC. Eleni Mandell plays live from her latest album, “Let’s Fly a Kite.” We’ll look at the link between creativity and alcohol in the lives of six great writers. John Rizzo, who worked at the CIA for three decades describes the evolution of the agency’s enhanced interrogation program, its so-called “black sites,” and the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah.

The Takeaway

Should We Declare 'War' on Inequality? | Meeting the Standard: Proving Nuclear Power is Safe | After the NSA, Is the Internet Forever Changed?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

After the NSA, Is the Internet Forever Changed? | Should We Declare 'War' on Inequality? | Dennis Rodman Brings Team to Play Ball in North Korea | How to Prepare a Drone for Commercial Use | Meeting the Standard: Proving Nuclear Power is Safe | Coding Literacy is The Way of ...

New Jersey News

More Bridgegate-Style Politics in New Jersey?

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Another North Jersey mayor is claiming he's receiving political retribution from Trenton.

Jersey City's pension system could save millions of dollars — if New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney allows legislators to vote on a bill reforming it. The bipartisan bill already passed unanimously in the state assembly. But so ...

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Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Takes Aim At Obama In New Book

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates says the president was unsure the Afghan surge would work and was openly distrustful of military leaders. "I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," he writes. The book is scheduled for release Jan. 14.

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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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GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

As far as Republicans are concerned, the ACA is the gift that keeps giving. That's why the RNC announced a series of hard-hitting radio ads aimed at various House and Senate Democrats.

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WNYC News

Three Things to Expect in Speaker's Race

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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Here's what to watch for as the Council picks the city's 2nd most powerful leader.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Risks in 2014

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Over the weekend business magnate George Soros expressed worries that years of GDP shrinkage in China could lead to a full-fledged economic slowdown in 2014 that could have major effects on global markets. Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, discusses his report on global political risks for 2014.

EVENT: Ian Bremmer will be speaking at the Carnegie Council for International Ethics on January 14 from 6-7:45pm. The event is open to the public.

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