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Reconciling Congress

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

All the Options

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.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Do Think Tanks Really Think?

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. 

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The Takeaway

After 40 Years, Gay Clerk Marries Partner

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.

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Transportation Nation

Capital Bikeshare Expansion Halted By Parts Problems

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

(photo by James Schwartz via flickr)

(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.

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The Takeaway

What Does Legal Marijuana Mean for Washington and Colorado?

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.

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The Takeaway

Marijuana Ballot Initiatives In Washington and Colorado Raise Legal Questions

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.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: On Tenterhooks Edition

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and John Swansburg discuss the new Denzel Washington film "Flight," George Lucas selling Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise to Disney, and Twitter hashtags as poetry.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bob Woodward on The Price of Politics

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Lewis on "Obama's Way"

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.

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On The Media

And I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore

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 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

First Cameraman

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Party Is Over

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Politics of the Federal Budget

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The TARP Bailout

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.

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It's A Free Country ®

When Will NY Be Able to Register to Vote on Facebook?

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.

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On Being

Jacob Needleman — The Inward Work of Democracy [remix]

Thursday, June 28, 2012

As young democracies emerge around the world, we take a long view of the ingredients that formed this democracy well beyond July 4, 1776. The philosopher Jacob Needleman reminds us of the inward work of conscience behind institutions and political values

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On Being

[Unedited] Jacob Needleman with Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 28, 2012

As young democracies emerge around the world, we take a long view of the ingredients that formed this democracy well beyond July 4, 1776. The philosopher Jacob Needleman reminds us of the inward work of conscience behind institutions and political values

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Transportation Nation

Survey: Capital Bike Share Saved 5 Million Driving Miles

Monday, June 18, 2012

Capital Bike Share on the streets in Washington D.C.

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.

Other results:

* 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.

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The Takeaway

Jamie Dimon and the Art of Apologizing

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.

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