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The Brian Lehrer Show

Four Weeks After Sandy

Monday, November 26, 2012

It's been four weeks since Sandy hit. Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, gives an update on the recovery effort in New Jersey four weeks in. Plus: the latest in national politics and the "fiscal cliff" negotiations with John Heilemann, politics reporter for New York magazine; and Tim Ferriss, author of the new book The 4-Hour Chef.

WNYC News

Mormons Uniquely Ready To Respond To Disasters Like Sandy

Friday, November 23, 2012

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Mormons are among the many faith-based organizations who've pitched in to assist in the post-Sandy relief effort. More than 5,000 are expected to volunteer this weekend in areas affected by the storm. Members say the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's tradition of preparedness has helped mobilize both volunteers and supplies quickly.

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It's A Free Country ®

Christie and Cuomo’s Dueling Visions for Post-Sandy Rebuilding

Friday, November 23, 2012

In New Jersey, it’s a nostalgia-infused recovery. In New York, it’s a campaign for a new age.

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The Takeaway

Giving Thanks: Our Takeaway

Thursday, November 22, 2012

With residents of the Northeast still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and Americans everywhere trying to move on from yet another bitter and divisive election, host John Hockenberry shares his Thanksgiving reflections on inequality. 

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WNYC News

Stories from the Storm

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's been almost a month since Sandy, a storm for the record books. WNYC checks in with some of the many people we met while reporting on the aftermath.

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New Jersey News

Seaside Community Pulls Together and Cooks in Sandy's Aftermath

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

When Sandy made landfall, it destroyed buildings and boardwalks; more than that, it tore apart the lives of the people who call the Jersey shore home.  The peninsula town of Sea Bright was plunged underwater on two fronts: the Atlantic Ocean from one side and the Shrewsbury River from the other.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Post-Disaster Communities

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rebeca Solnit, historian, activist, and author of several books including A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, discusses the history of how disasters create communities in the context of our post-Sandy reality-and what climate change activists should do now.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Making Connections

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Historian Douglas Brinkley explains what precedent there is for President Obama’s second term, and reflects on post-Katrina lessons applicable to the post-Sandy recovery here. Plus: how disasters create communities and what it means for climate change activists; Slate’s Sasha Issenberg looks back at how the Obama campaign used data to win the election; an on-the-ground look at the Long Island communities of Long Beach and Oceanside.

Transportation Nation

Poll Captures Storm Surge Of Positive Feelings For NY MTA, Gas Rationing

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NY MTA chairman Joe Lhota, flanked by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, looking pleased while announcing the re-opening of a flooded tunnel last week.(photo by Jim O'Grady / WNYC)

(New York, NY - WNYC) Poll results show that Superstorm Sandy has remade two kinds of landscapes in New York: physical and psychological. Beachfront is gone, trees are uprooted and whole communities have been forcibly rearranged by a monster tide. No less dramatically, a majority of New Yorkers are expressing love not only for their elected officials but everyone's favorite bureaucratic whipping boy, the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

You read that correctly.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll finds 75 percent of New Yorkers rated the authority's performance during and after Sandy at "excellent" or "good." That's better than the Red Cross's 66 percent approval rating, and the dismal 37 percent approval for the region's utility companies, which struggled at times to bring the power back.

NY MTA chairman Joe Lhota was highly visible in the days and weeks following the storm as his workers methodically pumped out no less than seven under-river tunnels and, one by one, got them back to carrying trains and vehicular traffic.

The NY MTA also showed a fair degree of nimbleness by running shuttle buses over cross-river bridges until the subways were dried out. (Taking a cue, the NY Department of Transportation today announced its plan to run a temporary ferry from the hard-hit South Shore of Staten Island to Manhattan.) And the authority captured the public imagination with an online map that showed the the subway recovering in real time.

The Quinnipiac poll, which surveyed more than 1,000 registered voters in New York, also reported that Mayor Bloomberg's odd-even gas rationing system won favor by 85 to 12 percent. Other winners: President Obama, New York Governor Cuomo and, with the best numbers, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. See the full results here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: What Plans Did Sandy Derail?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sandy not only caused displacement and destruction for some communities, but also derailed plans for many in the tri-State area. Were you starting a business, thinking of moving, anticipating an event, or planning anything else that was derailed by Sandy? Big or small - post your story here or call 212-433-9692!

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WNYC News

Morning Headlines | Selected by the WNYC News Hub

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WNYC's morning news producers bring you a rundown of today's must-read stories.

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New Jersey News

After Sandy, One Business Owner Picks Up the Pieces

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It’s not just beach resort towns in New Jersey that felt the brunt of Sandy.  Among the worst-hit areas was the working class community of Union Beach, New Jersey — located just across the Raritan Bay from Staten Island.  The powerful storm surge flooded much of the town, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, and reducing buildings on the waterfront to piles of rubble, including one local restaurant, whose owner is still struggling to pick up the pieces.

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Transportation Nation

(Audio) NJ Transit Assailed for Lack of Information, Poor Planning

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bay Head Comet III's with debris (photo by NJ Transit via flickr)

New Jersey's commuter rail system returned to its normal schedule on several lines today, but delays continue to hamper commuters, and three weeks after Sandy, there are still questions about how well prepared the agency was for the storm.

While the NYC MTA, the agency that runs the New York subway system, has received high marks for preparation and response to the unprecedented flooding, NJ Transit has drawn the ire of its riders for a slower restoration of service and a lag in communicating what was working and what wasn't so that New Jersey commuters could plan their altered, and lengthened commutes.

Josh Crandall who created a website called Clever Commute, where people share information about NJ Transit delays with each other because traditionally that information hasn't been provided by NJ Transit fast enough. He was hearing from a lot of people who were upset by the lack of communication.

"People just didn't know: are they going to be without train service for two days, four days, of four weeks," he said.

New Jersey Transit spokesperson Nancy Snyder has repeatedly told Transportation Nation the reason for the delays is the "unprecedented damage” from Sandy. She was unable to provide an exact accounting of the damage even weeks later, though it was certainly extensive, including a boggling range of obstacles from piles of boats on top of rail lines, washouts, floods, and trenches of dead carp rotting by the rail lines.

This weekend Reuters reported that NJ Transit stored some rail cars in areas at risk of flooding, hampering the agency's ability to restore service quickly. NJ Transit parked some trains in Hoboken, which is four feet above sea level, and in Kearney Junction, in the Meadowlands, a swamp under normal conditions. Both got flooded with sea water damaging trains.

New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon recaps the NJ Transit response in this interview with WNYC's Richard Hake.

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Bay Head Comet III's with debris (photo by NJ Transit via flickr)
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Transportation Nation

The H Train Rides Again in the Rockaways

Monday, November 19, 2012

(For the full NYC subway map, go here.)

The H train is rolling where the A train can't.

Starting Tuesday, residents of the storm-battered Rockaway Peninsula will get a free subway shuttle known as the H train. To connect Beach 67 Street to Beach 90, the train will incorporate a piece of rarely-used track known as the Hammels Wye.

Currently, A train service to Queens terminates at Howard Beach. According to a press release issued by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the tracks over Jamaica Bay were "almost completely destroyed by the storm." Residents have been using shuttle buses to connect to mainland Queens as well as navigate the peninsula.

There are no estimates yet as to when full A train service will be back up and running.

(Note: according to the MTA, the appellation "H" is unrelated to Hammels. Shuttle service began on the Rockaways in 1956; by 1962, it was called the "HH." )

To get subway service out to the Rockaways, the MTA loaded subway cars onto flatbed trucks in Ozone Park, Queens, drove them over the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, and lifted them back on the rails at the Rockaway Park-Beach 116 station. That work can be seen in the below video.

The H still exists on the rolls of the MTA -- as captured in the 2008 photo below.

An H train, spotted in 2008 (photo by SaikoSakura via flickr)

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Still Recovering from Sandy?

Monday, November 19, 2012

The phones are open for those affected by Sandy. Have all the volunteers gone and you're left with the mess? What is ahead for you? 212-433-WNYC.

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The Takeaway

Fiscal Cliff Could Hinder Sandy Recovery Efforts

Monday, November 19, 2012

President Obama and Republicans in Congress have yet to agree on a solution to the impending fiscal cliff, a package of tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect in the New Year. Thus far neither side has shown a strong willingness to concede to what the other wants. Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor of TIME Magazine, explains.

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WNYC News

Public Housing Caught Off Guard by Sandy

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hospitals, private residential buildings and businesses were all caught off guard by the extent of flooding caused by Sandy. Storing electrical and heating systems underground turned out to be dangerous and devastating. But perhaps nowhere were the effects of the damage more on display than in New York City public housing. In 402 buildings across the city, residents carried water from broken fire hydrants up several flights of stairs, lit their hallways with candles and took other drastic measures to get by.

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Schoolbook

A Twice Relocated School Strives to Regain Footing

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Twelve more city schools will re-open on Monday, after having relocated because of storm damage from Sandy. Relocating has been an unsettling experience for teachers and students. It was especially challenging at the Goldie Maple School, from the Rockaways, which was moved twice and split between different sites in the last three weeks.

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New Jersey News

NJ After Sandy: To Rebuild or To Re-Design?

Friday, November 16, 2012

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New Jersey is now going about the painstaking task of assessing the damage done by Sandy and determining what can be replaced and what is lost forever.   A spokesman for Governor Christie confirms that the Governor expects to have a preliminary dollar estimate Friday of the damage wrought by Sandy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Lessons Learned From Sandy

Friday, November 16, 2012

What did you learn about emergency preparedness during Sandy? What measures worked and what didn't, and what will you do next time? 

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