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Our Noisy Lives

Noise is the top quality-of-life complaint to 311, but noise can also be a good thing. What noises drive you crazy, calm you down, damage your hearing or peace of mind, help you create?

Muslim-American Professor Spied on by NSA: 'They Owe Me An Explanation'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

From 2002 to 2008, Hooshang Amirahmadi, Rutgers professor and president of the American Iranian Council, had his emails read by the NSA. That’s the charge made by Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept, based on documents leaked by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. On the Brian Lehrer Show (speaking to guest host Manoush Zomorodi), Amirahmadi says the first time he learned he was being spied on was when Greenwald contacted him about a month ago.

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Why Can't We Email Our Doctors?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dr. Joseph Kvedar, dermatologist and founder and director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare, talks about the push for doctors to be more accessible to patients via email, Skype, or text -- and why he's an advocate for openness. Plus: he'll take calls from doctors and patients on their approaches to communication. 

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This Week in NSA: Muslim Spying, Thousands of Emails

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This week brings news about the NSA from the Edward Snowden leaks, from the extent of their surveillance on everyday communication to the fact that they targeted particular Muslim-Americans. We begin with Hooshang Amirahmadi, professor and former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, and one of five Muslim-Americans spied on between 2002 and 2008, per Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept.

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Then, Shane Harris, senior writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers discusses the news and updates our List of What We Know the NSA Can Do.

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When "Coming Out" on Resumes Can Help

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Some studies indicate that "coming out" on your resume might help you find a job — especially if you're an African American man. Yitz Jordan aka rapper "Y-Love," a senior developer and contributor to Quartz who identifies as black, gay, and Jewish, discusses what that might mean in the context of President Obama's plan to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation for federal contractors.

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Extracurricular Summer Camp?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

KJ Dell'Antonia, editor and lead writer of the Motherlode blog for The New York Times, talks about the pressure on parents to design curricula for their children in coding and other subjects and to send kids to a summer camp for those extra skills.

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A Most Imperfect Union

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The latest Snowden leaks reveal that the NSA targeted particular Muslim-Americans for surveillance. Shane Harris, Senior Writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers, weighs in. Plus: The near future might bring instant access to doctors via email, Skype, or text; "coming out" on your resume might actually help job-seekers; parents feel the pressure to enroll their kids in extracurricular summer camps; and U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

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An Illustrated Contrarian U.S. History Book

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, discusses his new graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History Of The United States, an examination of U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

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When Did You Lock in Your Political Beliefs?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The adage that you get more conservative as you get older doesn't exactly hold up. David Leonhardt, editor of The New York Times's The Upshot, discusses some new data and reporting that show how people develop their political leanings over time. The nature of the presidency during our late teens and twenties is particularly formative -- which means 2016s youngest voters may start to lean right as they get older.

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Is Pot Basically Legal in Brooklyn?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Oren Yaniv, crime and courts reporter for The New York Daily News, talks about the Brookyn D.A.'s decision to stop prosecutions of first-time low-level marijuana offenses (with exceptions).

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More Daylight, More Time?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In midsummer, if daylight extends well past your workday, do you get more done? How do you spend those long summer evenings?

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How Employment Can Change the Domestic Abuse Cycle

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Domestic violence is often enabled by economic captivity. Dr Ludy GreenPresident and Founder of Second Chance Employment Services and author of Ending Domestic Violence Captivity: A Guide to Economic Freedom (Volcano Press, 2014), discusses her work to break the cycle by giving victims of domestic violence training, employment opportunities, and more. The number Dr Green read on air, for help, is 888-331-7451. There are links to resources below as well.

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Taking Back the Gowanus Canal

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Leslie Albrecht, reporter for DNAinfo.com, talks about all the controversies surrounding the future of the Gowanus Canal, from disputes between the city and EPA over the ongoing cleanup process, to clashes between politicians and residents over planning future uses of the neighborhood.

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Jacobs vs. Moses in WNYC's History

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary celebration, Kenneth T. Jackson, Editor in Chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition (Yale University Press; 2 edition, 2010) and president emeritus of the New York Historical Society, listens to archival audio of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs giving speeches that reflect their influence on the definition of urbanism and New York and discusses their lasting impact on the city.

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The Potential Conservative Future of Young Americans

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Will the next generation of voters be conservative? David Leonhardt discusses his latest New York Times column about a potential teenage backlash again liberalism. Plus: Exploring the WNYC archives to assess the lasting impact of Robert Moses; productivity (or lack thereof) during longer summer days; breaking the cycle of domestic violence through jobs; the Brooklyn district attorney's decision to stop prosecuting most low-level marijuana offenses; and an update on the Gowanus canal.

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Celebrating WNYC's 90th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

For 90 years, WNYC has reflected -- and reflected on -- our ever-changing city. Here are some of the sounds and voices that have defined New York and New York Public Radio since July 8, 1924. 

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Wherefore Teach Thy Children Shakespeare?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ken Ludwig, playwright ("Lend Me a Tenor," "Crazy for You") and the author of How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Broadway Books, 2014), offers tips for parents on some of the Shakespeare performances around town this summer.

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Kurt Vonnegut Talks to the Dead

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary celebration, Marty Goldensohn, former WNYC news director, shares excerpts from the station's 1998 series "Reports on the Afterlife." It's based on Vonnegut's book God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian, a fictionalized account of interviews with recently deceased people.

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New Jersey's Pension-Less Budget

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Steve Sweeney, New Jersey Senate President, talks about the Governor Christie's decision to balance this year's budget by foregoing pension contributions, which he'd promised to make as late as this January. Christie claims that revenue shortfalls led to the lack of funds for pensions, and rejected a Democratic budget that would have increased taxes on the wealthy and businesses. Plus: why Sweeney wants more casinos in Northern New Jersey, and other news from the Garden State.

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Two 45-Minute Halves, No Commercials

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

ESPN and Univision have seen ratings spike during the World Cup. Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," talks about what the games mean commercially and how the broadcasts make money with few advertisements.

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New York's Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Following the California decision against teacher tenure, a New York advocacy group has filed a similar lawsuit. Leslie Brody, Wall Street Journal Greater New York education reporter, talks about the issue and the differences between tenure in the two states.

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