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January 22, 2016 at 11:10 am

Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for changes to the carriage industry and wants fewer horses on the job. Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal discusses the online lodging service Airbnb and explains why she claims it’s driving up rents in the city. We mark 73 years since the debut of “Casablanca” with actress Ingrid Bergman’s daughter, Pia Lindström.

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January 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer tells us about his report on the city’s homeless shelters. Johnathan Lovitz of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce discusses equality in business. We discuss the State Comptroller’s list of municipalities experiencing fiscal stress. In our on-going American Graduate series,we learn about Common Core standards and a growing number of students who are opting out.

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Episode
January 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Ex-mayor Bloomberg’s Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley discusses the role of the government in public health. Kevin Powell (a familiar face to those who watched MTV’s “Real World”) shares his lifelong struggle to overcome a legacy of poverty. And Executive Director of the New Renaissance Basketball Association Andy Borman explains how orange patches on kids’ sports jerseys fight gun violence.

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January 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm

We get an update on Long Island’s pollution problem, hear the latest on a City Council proposal that would impact the fate of the city’s historic sites and learn about actress and activist Anna Deavere Smith’s efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Plus, we go inside a Brooklyn school that’s using a unique program to prepare students for careers in science.

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