Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Legislators continue to discuss whether they will take on gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting. Plus, John Boehner's "Plan B" (did you miss Plan A?) to avert the "fiscal cliff" has kicked off a round of proposals and counter-proposals. Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, discusses the news from Washington.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The MTA is mulling options for a fare hike. Pete Donahue of The Daily News explains what’s on the horizon. Plus: Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute on what it would mean to change the Medicare eligibility age; Radio Rookie Bree Person talks about sickle cell anemia and Dr. Suzette Oyeku of Montefiore talks about developments in treatment; how parents navigate digital tech for their kids; and all the reasons to love New York.
Monday, December 10, 2012
In light of Jim DeMint's recent resignation from the U.S Senate to head the Heritage Foundation think tank we ask: what exactly is a think tank anyway? Murray Weidenbaum, professor of Business and Government at Washington University in St. Louis and author of The Competition of Ideas: The World of the Washington Think Tanks, joins us to assess the role these organizations play in the Washington ecosystem.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Paul Harris has spent the last 15 years issuing marriage licenses in the Clark County Office in Vancouver, Washington, never able to apply for one himself. But now that the state has passed a new law legalizing gay marriage, he will finally be able to wed his partner of 40 years, James Griener, this Wednesday.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
(Armando Trull - Washington, D.C., WAMU) A lack of parts is putting the brakes on the expansion of the Capital Bikeshare program in the District, according to a District Department of Transportation official.
Existing plans to add 54 bike share stations this fall will likely come up short, department spokesman John Lisle told The Washington Post, because they have not been able to get all the needed equipment from a supplier.
The system, launched in 2010 in the District, Arlington and Alexandria, has about 175 stations. It has struggled to keep up with demand at times.
The expansion delay has also raised questions about whether supplier Alta Bicycle Share can keep up with growing demand from cities for bike share programs. New York City's bike share program, which will also be operated by Alta, has been delayed due to software problems, as has Chicago's program. Meanwhile, Alta picked up another big contract earlier this year: it will be the vendor for Portland's bike share. And in the D.C. region, Maryland's Montgomery County unanimously approved measures to expand bike share, most of which is expected to integrate with Capital Bikeshare.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The legalization of recreational marijuana use in Washington and Colorado has raised a number of big questions about the social, legal, and economic implications. What are people saying on the ground in these states? And how has this change already altered attitudes toward marijuana? Dominic Holden a newsweekly editor in Seattle, and Bonnie Dahl, a head ship owner, explain.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Newly passed ballot initiatives in Colorado and Washington decriminalize the use of recreational marijuana — and raise a host of complicated legal questions. Kevin Sabet, former senior adviser to the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, explains some of the conflicts the new legislation poses.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Bob Woodward discusses how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to repair the American economy and deal with the federal debt over three and one half years. The Price of Politics, his 17th book, addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the state of the American economy and how to address it.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Michael Lewis talks about his interviews with President Obama, who he spoke with multiple times over six months—on Air Force One, in the Oval Office, and on the basketball court. Lewis’s article “Obama’s Way,” in the October issue of Vanity Fair, covers the president’s views of his life in the White House, the high price that comes with the job of being the president, his responsibilities, and his relationship with the news media.
Friday, August 24, 2012
NPR Congressional Correspondent Andrea Seabrook left NPR recently, citing frustration with the daily grind of covering politicians who "lie" to her face, all day, every day. Seabrook is starting a new project called DecodeDC, where she hopes she can blog and podcast her way to some deeper truths about Washington. Bob does an exit interview with Seabrook to discuss why political reporting is broken, and what might be done to fix it.
Zammuto - Wasn't That Lucky
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Arun Chaudhary, the first official White House videographer, talks about his experience capturing behind-the-scenes moments of the president and his administration. First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time gives a unique view of the government and the president in these historic and challenging times.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Former Republican Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren talks about why he left Washington after 28 years on Capitol Hill. His book The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted is based on an article Lofgren wrote when he resigned after the debt ceiling crisis, and is a humorous but impassioned exposé of what he thinks is wrong with Washington.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
David Wessel dissects the federal budget, a subject that is fiercely debated in the halls of Congress and in the media, yet is misunderstood by the American public. In Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget, Wessel looks at the 2011 fiscal year to see where all the money was actually spent, and why the budget process has grown so far out of control.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Neil Barofsky was appointed to be the Special Inspector General in charge of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and he describes the ways of Washington and the mishandling of the $700 billion TARP bailout fund. In Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street, he reveals the ways he thinks government officials bent over backward to serve the interests of Wall Street firms at the expense of the broader public—and at the expense of effective financial reform.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Washington has just become the first state to allow people to register to vote via Facebook, and the way things are going, it won’t be the last.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
A new survey of Washington's Capital Bikeshare, done for Capital Bikeshare, says four in ten users report using cars less -- for an average savings of 523 miles for those users.
The survey's authors say that translates to a total of 5 million miles not driven.
But the survey also found that bike share users tend to be, "on average, considerably younger, more likely to be male and Caucasian, highly educated, and slightly less affluent" than the adult population of the Washington, DC area.
And even though the survey found most (56%) of trips were for non-work purposes, more than nine in ten bike share users are employed, compared to just seven in ten adults in the Washington region.
* 64 percent said they would not have made the trip without bike share;
* 15 percent said they joined bike share because of a "Living Social" offer;
* More than half of respondents used bike share as a feeder to reach transit stops.
Lots of other interesting nuggets. You can read the full survey here.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Earlier this week JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon went up to Capitol Hill. He sat in front of a Senate committee, and Dimon... apologized. This got Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich thinking about other instances of public figures apologizing to Congress.