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Hundreds of Thousands Take to Ukrainian Streets

Monday, December 09, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Ukraine on Sunday to take part in demonstrations against the government. During the unrest in the capital city of Kiev, protesters showed their anger by smashing a statue of the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. The latest protest was the largest yet in almost three weeks. David Herszenhorn, reporter for our partner The New York Times, joins us from the site of the protest in Kiev.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

This Week in Local Politics: Bratton Reaches Out

Monday, December 09, 2013

The once and future NYPD chief is making overtures to assure skeptics that he will uphold Bill de Blasio's pledge to improve community relations -- and in an op-ed over the weekend Sharpton referred to Bratton as a "friend" despite criticism during his first stint as chief.  Errol Louis, host of Road to City Hall on NY1, and Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Amsterdam News, discuss the Bratton appointment and what is still to come in the de Blasio's transition efforts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DC's (Next) Budget Battle

Monday, December 09, 2013

Congress goes on vacation Friday, before then a budget deal needs to be reached in order to preserve several social safety programs. Lori Montgomery, politics and economic policy reporter for the Washington Post, explains why this deal is not a landmark of bipartisanship despite moving along (relatively) smoothly.

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Now Praised By Presidents, Mandela Wasn't Always Admired In The U.S.

Monday, December 09, 2013

During the Cold War, successive U.S. leaders supported the white South African government because it staunchly opposed communism. Mandela's African National Congress, meanwhile, had many ties to the Soviet Union and viewed it as more sympathetic to their cause than the U.S. and other Western countries.

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WNYC News

Cuomo's Tax Commission Report Delayed

Monday, December 09, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's commission to study tax cuts missed the deadline to report its findings by Dec. 6, after controversy over former Gov. George Pataki’s desire to cut income taxes for all wage earners, including the wealthy. 

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The Washington Report

Mandela's Changing Image; Germany's Ire Over Wiretapping; and the U-S Employment Rate

Monday, December 09, 2013

Kerry Nolan speaks with the New York Times' David Sanger about how the late Nelson Mandela was viewed by the West during the Cold War years; Germany hasn't let the furor over the NSA's alleged wiretapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel die down and the US unemployment rate has finally dropped to 7 percent. 

The Takeaway

The Road Ahead for Syria & the OPCW | How to Combat Poverty: Lessons from History | Holiday Etiquette in a Digital Age

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Road Ahead for Syria & the OPCW | How to Combat Poverty: Lessons from History | Retro Report: The Exxon Valdez Disaster | Vast Number of Silent Films Lost to History | Holiday Etiquette in a Digital Age

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WNYC News

De Blasio On The Lessons From Mandela

Sunday, December 08, 2013

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As people continue to mourn the death of the late South African president Nelson Mandela, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio offered a remembrance at a Brooklyn church on Sunday saying that he plans to use lessons from Mandela's life as he leads New York City.

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Debate On Wage And Wealth Gap Heats Up; Solutions Elusive

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Fast-food workers across the country protested their low pay this week, while President Obama decried the nation's growing wealth gap, calling it "the defining challenge of our time." Meanwhile, the nation's capital city passed a new minimum wage law.

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Congress Aims For The Modest Bargain

Sunday, December 08, 2013

It's not a grand bargain, as many were hoping, but House and Senate leaders say they are close to a budget agreement that will avoid a shutdown and set spending levels for the next two years. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to host Rachel Martin about the negotiations.

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Economists Toast 20 Years Of NAFTA; Critics Sit Out The Party

Sunday, December 08, 2013

In December 1993, President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. Presidential candidate Ross Perot predicted Americans would hear a "giant sucking sound" as Mexico vacuumed up U.S. jobs. Economists say that the worst of Perot's fears never materialized. But opponents still see downsides.

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WNYC News

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.

Produced by Radio Diaries

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