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February 24, 2021 18 min

Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist, cohost of the Dear Therapists podcast, and the author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), talks about how the role and job of therapist has been affected by the pandemic as therapists call in to share their stories.

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February 24, 2021 26 min

Alana Casanova-Burgess, host of La Brega, and reporter and producer for WNYC's On the Media, talks about her new podcast, La Brega: Stories of the Puerto Rican Experience, and explains what "la brega" means to Puerto Ricans, and how it so often defines life on the island. 

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With the June primary four months away, Brigid Bergin, the City Hall and politics reporter for WNYC and David Cruz, WNYC/Gothamist news editor, talk about some of the factors shaping the race, including big endorsements and big money.

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February 24, 2021 36 min

Heather McGhee, chair of Color of Change board of directors, former president of the liberal think tank Demos and the author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (One World, 2021), talks about her new book and how the Biden COVID-19 relief bill would address issues of equity.

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February 23, 2021 19 min

Pet adoptions have boomed since the start of the pandemic, and dog trainers and pet behavior specialists are booked for weeks in advance. Robert Haussmann, certified trainer and behavior specialist and co-founder of Dogboy NYC, takes your calls if you've acquired a pet in recent months and have questions about training, bonding and other behavioral issues brought up by pandemic life. 

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY) talks about the razor-thin Democratic majority in the Senate and what that means for the Biden agenda and New York residents, including on immigration reform, COVID relief and more.

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February 23, 2021 29 min

Rosa Brooks, law professor at Georgetown University and founder of Georgetown's Innovative Policing Program and the author of Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City ( Penguin Press, 2021), talks about what she learned after joining the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department as a reserve officer to learn about police reform from inside the profession.

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Alessandra Biaggi, State Senator representing New York's 34th Senate District, talks about the details of her bill, which would repeal Governor Cuomo's expanded emergency powers, which he was granted last spring at the start of the pandemic. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show and The Greene Space have launched a new series about the business side of the prison industry. Each week we examine one aspect of the $80 billion dollar prison industrial complex, and ask: who profits when people get put away?

This week we talk about personnel and companies that contract with prisons to provide training for correctional staff with Bianca Tylek, Worth Rises’s executive director, and Insha Rahm...

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Jake Dobkin, co-founder of Gothamist, where he's been the de facto numbers-cruncher in chief for all things COVID-19, and Nsikan Akpan, WNYC's health and science editor, talk about the latest COVID-19 news, including how New York's positivity rates compare to elsewhere in the country and globally, what new variants mean for the vaccine rollout, and what we've learned about the pandemic over the past few weeks.

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February 22, 2021 16 min

Jonathan Scott Holloway, president of Rutgers University and the author of The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of African Americans (Oxford University Press, 2021), talks about African American history in the context of today's realities.

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U.S. Representative Tom Suozzi (D NY3, parts of Long Island and Queens), talks about COVID relief in Congress, the Biden agenda and the role of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in today's political atmosphere.

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Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

The Ethical Morass of Vaccine Eligibility (First) | White Supremacy After the Trump Presidency (Starts at 21:40) | Coping as a Teen During the Pandemic (Starts at 49:00)

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including student mental health, re-opening small businesses and how to make sure your heating system is sufficient this winter.

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February 19, 2021 12 min

In any other year, extroverts had it over introverts in terms of dealing with the social pressures and interactions of daily life. This year, it may be the introverts who are having an easier time. We take your calls on how you're coping with limited social interactions if you're naturally extroverted, and if you're introverted: have you reached a limit on how much alone time you can take?

Huge introvert here. I defian...

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U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski (D NJ-7) who served as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor in the Obama administration, joined us to discuss the recent congressional hearings into regulating social media.

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February 19, 2021 33 min

Katherine Wu, staff writer for The Atlantic where she covers science, discusses the need for clearer messaging when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, and takes calls from listeners who might have reservations about the vaccines.

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February 18, 2021 21 min

The pandemic has been especially challenging for teenagers and their parents. Abigail Gewirtz, child psychologist, professor in the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and the author of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids (Workman Publishing Company, 2020), offers advice to families on how to cope and communicate.

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February 18, 2021 30 min

Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate in economics, New York Times columnist, distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and the author of  Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), offers his analysis on President Biden's economic recovery plans and why deficits shouldn't be a big concern. Plus, student loan forgiveness and the p...

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According to data released last year by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, the West Farms section of the Bronx saw some of the highest rates of eviction in 2019. In 2021, the economic toll of the pandemic and an eviction moratorium set to expire in May threaten tenants struggling to pay rent in the neighborhood. Guests: Barika Williams, executive director of the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Develo...

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