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“Modern Family” Exec’s Mile-High Rant

“Modern Family” editor and ‘sometimes director’ Ryan Case chronicled her journey from New York to LA stuck behind a drunk fellow passenger in 64 tweets

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Rounding the Bases With Derek Jeter

Yes, the New York Yankees legend will go down as one of the greatest players in baseball history, but he’s also hit it out of the park when it comes to women.

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Derek Jeter: The Captain’s Log

Yes, the New York Yankees legend will go down as one of the greatest players in baseball history, but he’s also hit it out of the park when it comes to women.

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Economic Update: How Capitalism Works

This episode covers why efforts against obesity fail, Cadillac’s move into New York, the Atlanta Symphony lockout, subprime auto credit and bank economics. We also discuss the economics of climate change, and respond to listeners’ questions on Jamestown in US history, current minimum wage struggles and the economics of insurance. Download the show To listen in live on Saturdays at noon, visit WBAI’s Live Stream Economic Update is in partnership with Truthout.org Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station, check this out. If you want to hear Economic Update on your favorite local station, send them this. Visit Professor Wolff’s social movement project, democracyatwork.info. Permission to reprint Professor Wolff’s writing and videos is granted on an individual basis. Please contact profwolff@rdwolff.com to request permission. We reserve the right to refuse or rescind permission at any time.

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The President and the Tow Truck Driver

Clarence Baugh, who clears a path for all presidential motorcades through New York, has served every president since George H.W. Bush

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Stephen Colbert vs ‘Schmidthead’

At New York’s 92nd Street Y, Stephen Colbert and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt waged waspish battle over “evil Amazon” and much else.

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Meet a climate marcher

This weekend, the People’s Climate March made history as one of the largest demonstrations of its kind. Organizers estimate that more than 311,000 individuals showed up from all corners of the world to take to the streets of New York City. Their demands ranged from stopping fracking to divesting from fossil fuels to seeking environmental justice to enabling disaster preparedness. But they all agreed on one thing: We’ve got big climate problems, yo — and they need solving. Together, their perspectives converged into one very, very loud voice. For those who couldn’t make it in person but were there in spirit, here’s a sampling of who you might have seen marching next to you. Samantha LarsonKathryn Leuch – Manila, Phillipines“Right now in the streets of Manila, 25 percent of our city is flooded by a super typhoon. It’s unfortunate that every time a typhoon comes, the people who die become a mere statistic.” Samantha LarsonKimberly Shepherd – Harlan County, Kentucky“My family has been in coal mining since the 30s. We want a just transition away from coal mining. I’m here because I don’t want my five-and-a-half-year-old daughter to have to fight.” Samantha LarsonMariella Treleven – Madison, Wisconsin“We’re marching against the Enbridge pipeline. Everyone’s focused on Keystone, but Enbridge is a way for them to still get their tar sands. We need to bring attention to both this and keystone.” Samantha LarsonIya’Faloa Omoba – Jackson, Mississippi“I’m here because I’m concerned about the economy, and about health issues. We don’t have jobs for the majority of people in Jackson. And we have the highest obesity rates in the country.” Samantha LarsonAlexis Smallwood – Far Rockaway, New York“I’m marching for policy and green infrastructure to come to Far Rockaway. I couldn’t stay at my house for a year and six months after Sandy. Once I came back, I felt like things needed to change.” Samantha LarsonDesmond Disa – Durban, South Africa“Back home in South Africa they’re carving up the ocean, carving up sensitive areas for mining and fracking. I’m here to say we don’t want that.” Samantha LarsonIsso Nihmei – Vanuatu, Pacific Islands“Sea level rise is one of the biggest problems in the Pacific Islands. I’m scared about where we’re going to be in the next 25 years.” Samantha LarsonTeresa Anderson – United Kingdom“I work for Actionaid, an international development agency to help communities become more resilient to climate change. I’m worried about the UN’s new global alliance for “smart” agriculture. I think lots of problematic organizations have jumped on the bandwagon in order to break into new markets – that the good organizations that are part of it are just greenwashing the bad stuff.” Samantha LarsonHarjeeta Singh – Dheli, India“We have been seeing that the impacts of climate change on the ground are getting more intense. You don’t even get time to recover from the previous disaster before the next one hits you.” Samantha LarsonMariah Rose Sampson (left) and Kathy Sampson-Kruse (mother and daughter) – Walla Walla Tribe of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, OregonKathy: “They continue to pollute our beautiful Columbia River.” Mariah: “When this is over, I want to take the march home, locally.” Kathy: “This struggle is going to continue for a long time, and we must continue to rise up.” Samantha LarsonDukota Alcantara – Camacho, Guam“We have a really interesting relationship with the U.S. military, because they’re using our land, they’re using our rights. Lots of people don’t even know that we’re a U.S. colony. They’re using our lands as striking practice, they’re using our lands as dumping grounds. There are over 100 toxic dump sites on our island.” Samantha LarsonBarbara Daniels – Richwood, West Virginia“In West Virginia there’s fracking and mountaintop removal everywhere you turn. We’re destroying the environment for money.” Samantha LarsonChokyi – Tibet“Tibet is often called the Third Pole. It is home to 46,000 glaciers. There is also a lot of permafrost in Tibet. But the temperature is rising in Tibet twice as fast as the rest of the world.” Samantha LarsonLisa Kline and Matt Haasch – Newburgh, New York“Our home flooded in both Irene and in Sandy. We got hit with $50,000 worth of damage.” Samantha LarsonAnn MacLeod – Lecanto, Florida“I’d like to have a carbon tax.” Samantha LarsonDeborah Payne – Kentucky“Climate change is one of the biggest threats to health and humanity.” Samantha LarsonMuriam Dillar, Jacksonville, Florida“Florida is especially at risk for climate change. The highest point in the state is 277 feet.” Samantha LarsonLenna Harris – New York, New York “Some people have criticized the march for not having specific demands. But I like that, because it means that people don’t feel excluded or alienated. And it really is that broad. It’s really about everything. This isn’t a fringe movement anymore; normal people care.” Samantha LarsonSophie Ackoff – Hudson, New York“I’m with the Young Farmers Coalition. We brought a bus of young farmers down from Hudson because we think farmers have a large role to play in climate mitigation.” Samantha LarsonVictoria Thoman and Milena Gonzalez – Washington, D.C.Milena: “Unicorns don’t exist. Climate change does. Get your head out of the sand.” Victoria: “Extinction is forever.” Samantha LarsonChistina Doerr – Columbia, Missouri“I thought people were paying attention. But we’re decades behind.” Samantha LarsonArturo Dominguez – Bogota, Colombia“I’m currently a physicist in the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. Fusion is the energy form of the sun and the stars. We also want to do it on earth. It’s still decades away, but it’ll be a revolution; it’s inexhaustible, and it’s got no long term radioactive waste.” Samantha LarsonCharles Derber – Boston, Massachusetts“I’ve been studying social movements for years – I’m a professor of sociology at Boston College. I think the most important thing to know about this march is the idea of convergence. This is a systemic problem; it’s really just an accident that climate change got tagged as an environmental issue. A lot of people are here marching for different reasons. This is the first real movement that’s beginning to bring it all back together again. This is the thing we’ve been waiting for for a really long time.” Samantha LarsonLisa Renstrom and Chuck Collins – Boston, Massachusetts“We’re the co-chairs of the individual effort of Divest Invest. The student movement is leading the way in divesting from fossil fuels. We’d like to see more inviduals doing it, too.” Samantha LarsonWen Stephenson and Grace Stephenson – Massachusetts“She watched Disruption and her mom asked her how it made her feel. This is what she said.” Samantha LarsonPeter Bronson – Queens, New York“I’m with Veterans for Peace. I served in the Korean War. We’re here to protest the amount of oil and the military contributions to the global warming crisis.” Samantha LarsonNandini Ramesh – New York, New York“I’m a Ph.D. student in oceanography at Columbia. I’m well aware of the evidence that sea level is rising and the ocean is acidifying, and I want that to be heard.” Samantha LarsonKimberly Foley“I started walking from L.A. on March 1 with the Great March for Climate Action. We made it to Ohio and then took the bus. But this is just a detour: we’ll be continuing on from Ohio, making it to D.C. on November 1. We’re looking for more people to join us.” Samantha LarsonPeter McCullough – Baltimore, Maryland“I’m an astrophysicist. I thought about writing ‘no solar equals no life,’ but this was simpler.” Samantha LarsonBraden Elliot – Missouri “I’m a Ph.D. student in ecology at Dartmouth. I’m marching because I think the future needs to be handled differently than the present.” Samantha LarsonMichele Fox – New York, New York“Governor Cuomo wants to allow fracking in the southern tier of New York. I don’t think that should happen.” Samantha LarsonShilpa Narayan – Brooklyn, New York“I’m marching for the honey bees. Climate change has created colony collapse disorder. Affected colonies lose upwards of 50 percent of their bees.”Filed under: Article, Climate & Energy

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New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece

When a new, abstract sculpture was installed in New York City’s Meatpacking District, The Daily Beast asked viewers what it looked like to them. The answers were…interesting.

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One Officer Dead, Eight Injured After NYPD Van Crashes in the Bronx

One NYPD officer died early Sunday morning in the Bronx after a van carrying several officers crashed into a median on the Bruckner Expressway at around 5 a.m. Eight other officers were injured and taken to several local hospitals.Read more…

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Is the Climate Gay?

To the radical LGBT activists most likely to march in New York City on Sunday, caring about global warming expresses solidarity with the oppressed. But what about the mainstream gays?

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Edible Weed’s Literal Poster Child

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s experience with edible marijuana will live in infamy.

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Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ My Pot Billboard

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s experience with edible marijuana will live in infamy. Now, her likeness stars in a “Consume Responsibly” billboard.

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Smoking Is Cool Again In New York

According to new data released this week, New Yorkers are back to smoking in record numbers.Read more…

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Why Jimmy Breslin Was Jimmy Breslin

Two stories about the legendary New York newsman.

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The Resilient City

9/11 and toughest months in New York’s history through the eyes of a Rudy Giuliani speechwriter.

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The Flying Fireman Who Shined on 9/11

He defied death and gravity to selflessly protect New Yorkers until his final moments in the Twin Towers. Why Ronald Bucca’s legacy still reverberates—even at the hardest core of ISIS.

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Rudy on 9/11 and the Rise of ISIS

New York’s former mayor looks back on holding a city together in a time of darkness.

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Andrew Cuomo Can’t Ignore It Now

Zephyr Teachout clocked the governor Tuesday in big, progressive stretches of New York, taking 35 percent of the primary vote. Is this the wakeup call the Democratic Party needs?

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Why You Should Put $19.05 on Your MetroCard to Outsmart the MTA

We’ve all been there. The train is coming into the station, and you grab your MetroCard and quickly try and swipe it at a turnstile. Read more…

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Populist Dems Go Down on Primary Night

Though the result was closer than Andrew Cuomo would have liked, the New York governor survived a challenge from liberal Zephyr Teachout, while Rhode Island rejected labor favorites.

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