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Covering Mandela: A Journalist Reflects

Friday, December 06, 2013

The passing of Nelson Mandela has the entire world reflecting on his influence — positive and negative.

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WNYC News

De Blasio's New Right-Hand Man Helped Lead Efforts to Fund NYU Recovery After Sandy

Friday, December 06, 2013

Anthony Shorris, the man appointed by mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to oversee the administration's day-to-day operations, at different times has managed large-scale hospital repairs following Sandy, the World Trade Center redevelopment at Ground Zero, and one of the city’s biggest public housing initiatives in decades.

 

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Sen. Thad Cochran To Seek Re-Election In Mississippi

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Mississippi senator, who turns 76 Saturday, ended speculation that he would retire and instead set up the prospect of another bruising GOP primary in 2014.

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Transportation Nation

Half of Taxis to be Wheelchair Accessible in Next 7 Years

Friday, December 06, 2013

New York City announced Friday that half the city taxi fleet would be wheelchair accessible by 2020. The move is part of a settlement agreement in a major class-action lawsuit brought in 2011 that charged the city was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Bratton Learned in BOS, NYC, and LA

Friday, December 06, 2013

Three reporters who covered Bill Bratton at different stages of his career share notes on what he learned in each Boston, New York (the first time), and LA - from "talk to academics" to "win over the media."

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How Two Similar States Ended Up Worlds Apart In Politics

Friday, December 06, 2013

Politics in Minnesota and Wisconsin historically have been pretty similar, but that's no longer the case. Wisconsin is now advancing conservative policies and lending a Midwestern face to the Republican Party, while Minnesota's agenda has been among the most liberal.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DA Rice on the Moreland Corruption Findings

Friday, December 06, 2013

Kathleen Rice, Nassau County District Attorney and co-chair of the Moreland Commission, discusses the commission's report and anti-corruption efforts in New York State.

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WNYC News

Bill Bratton—the First Time He Was NYPD Commissioner

Friday, December 06, 2013

Bill Bratton was just appointed police commissioner of New York -- again. The last time around, the mayor was Rudy Giuliani and there were nearly 2,000 murders a year. Looking back on the first Bratton commissioner-ship and the city he helped tame.

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Specials

Mandela: An Audio History

Friday, December 06, 2013

Mandela: An Audio History is from the award-winning radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him.

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast, the series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of rare archival recordings, some of which had never been heard before.

First-person accounts from former ANC activists, National Party politicians, army generals, Robben Island prisoners, and ordinary witnesses to history. A range of voices from Desmond Tutu to former President F.W. de Klerk to Nelson Mandela himself.

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Gabfest Radio

The Puzzling Will Shortz Edition

Friday, December 06, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether the botched rollout of Obamacare will destroy progressivism and whether Congress is likely to raise the federal minimum wage.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bratton’s Record; Moreland Commission; Dinkins on Mandela

Friday, December 06, 2013

We remember Nelson Mandela with former Mayor David Dinkins. has been named as the next NYPD commissioner. Hear about his record, from Boston to Los Angeles and yes, New York city. Plus: Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice is co-chair of the Moreland Commission and talks about the efforts to address government corruption; how to make good decisions; and a spotlight on the success of Children’s Village, a group that helps vulnerable children.

WNYC News

Was That a Tear, Mayor Bloomberg?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

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As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio unveils the city's next administration, Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued his farewell tour.

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For Biden, All The World's A Stage For Possible 2016 Run

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Asia trip is generating the kind of video and headlines that could prove useful if the vice president decides to run for president in 2016.

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White House: President Briefly Lived With Kenyan-Born Uncle

Thursday, December 05, 2013

After first denying the two ever met, the White House on Thursday says that as a Harvard Law School student at Cambridge, the president briefly lived with his uncle, Onyango Obama.

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To Fix Social Security, Some Democrats Want To Lift Wage Cap

Thursday, December 05, 2013

For the past three years, there's been a shortfall in the payroll taxes collected for Social Security. As more baby boomers join the ranks of the 57 million people already receiving benefits and the overall share of wages subject to taxation under the program shrinks, that deficit is bound to keep growing.

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Obama Tells Government To Ramp Up Its Renewable Energy Use

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Under the new plan, each federal agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wind.

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The Takeaway

Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

President Barack Obama has revived his populist message and made a case for the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to reduce income inequality. Jonathan Alter, journalist and author of "The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies," explores the president's rebranding efforts. He notes that as Obama dusts off his brand of populism, his core base—millennials—seems to be abandoning him. Heather McGhee, vice president of policy and outreach at Demos, examines how the President's message about income inequality resonate with the youngest voters.

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The Takeaway

Destroying Syria's Weapons A Delicate Dance

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons may have met their November 1 deadline for the removal of Syria’s weapons cache, but there is still a big question that remains: What’s next? The complicated task at hand includes getting 500 tons of lethal chemicals out of Syria. Joining The Takeaway to explain what this endeavor may look like is Thomas Moore, deputy director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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WNYC News

Me Again! ‘Tough on Crime’ Bratton to Return to NYPD

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has appointed former New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton to head the city's police force once again.

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GOP Family Feud: 'Showboat' DeMint Takes on 'Tyrant' McConnell

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by then-Sen. Jim DeMint, is a big-money player targeting incumbent Republican senators including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

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