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1973 – The Year That Changed Everything

Friday, January 09, 2015

With the American History Guys

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rumors, Cannibals, and Michael Rockefeller's Mysterious Disappearance

Monday, May 26, 2014

The explorer vanished in New Guinea in 1961, and despite exhaustive searches, no trace of him was ever found. More than 50 years later, one journalist thinks he knows what happened.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Rockefeller's Mysterious Disappearance

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The explorer vanished in New Guinea in 1961, and despite exhaustive searches, no trace of him was ever found. More than 50 years later, one journalist thinks he knows what happened. (Hint: it involves cannibals).

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Transportation Nation

U.S.Senators: Port Authority Exec Was "Argumentative," Lacked "Civility and Decorum"

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The George Washington Bridge (photo by Kate Hinds)

The conflict between New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is escalating -- and now another U.S. Senator has added his signature to a letter formally complaining about the behavior of a Port Authority executive at a hearing in April.

The letter charges that Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority, "failed to meet the basic standards of civility and decorum" during his testimony at the hearing. It is addressed to senior executives at the Port Authority and co-signed by Lautenberg and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV).

The bruising hearing, ostensibly about toll hikes, quickly devolved into a barbed back-and-forth between Lautenberg and Baroni. Lautenberg wanted Baroni to answer questions about the fairness of the agency's 2011 toll hikes. Baroni replied that "it is impossible to argue fairness in tolls if you don’t pay them" -- a reference to the senator's use of an agency-funded EZPass. Many listeners perceived the remark as an attempt to embarrass the senator. (Listen to some audio from the hearing here.)

The comment rattled Lautenberg and Baroni avoided answering a key question: what did New Jersey Governor Christie know about the toll hikes and when did he know it?

The Senate's Commerce Committee, which is chaired by Rockefeller, later followed up by sending questions in writing to Baroni. But the Port Authority said releasing any communications between the agency and the governors' offices would be "inappropriate."

In the letter, the two U.S. senators do a slow burn. "This repeated failure to respond to the Committee's questions not only shows a lack of respect for legitimate congressional oversight; it also directly contradicts repeated assertions by Port Authority officials that the agency is increasing its transparency." The last line of the letter reads: "Please provide this information to the Committee no later than August 14, 2012."

A Port Authority spokesman would not comment.

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Features

Snapshot | Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Plugged In

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Wednesday night, the 30,000 lights on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree were turned on. The lights will be on until January 7. After that the spruce from Pennsylvania will be turned into lumber for the charity Habitat for Humanity.

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