February 05, 2019 at 5:30 am

No heat and scarce electricity at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center during some of the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in a generation has outraged both inmates at the facility and their advocates over alleged sub-human conditions.  We’ve got the latest on this fluid situation. And, was your taxi fare higher today than it was yesterday? The answer is “yes,” and the reason: congestion pricing. The plan to help fund the MTA has begun amid much controversy. We have the details. Meanwhile, the federal government steps in to provide oversight to New York City’s failing public housing system – but is the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s NYCHA fix flawed? We’re finding out. Plus, after a delay and a public display of brinksmanship with the speaker of the house, President Trump delivers his second state of the union address tomorrow to a country divided, a world watching, and all within the shadow of the Mueller probe.  What does the President need to say and what shouldn’t he mention?  Former speechwriters for presidents Reagan and Obama are here with words of advice. We’re also revisiting Rock and Roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” who were all killed in a tragic plane crash 60 years ago. The date became known as “the day the music died,” and the man who penned that phrase, “American Pie,” singer Don McLean, is here to reflect on their lives and his song’s legacy.

Aired on February 4, 2019.


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